There's only one week to go until the college Football Playoff selections are revealed and the picture is becoming clearer and clearer -- well, except in the Big Ten, which promises to create the most chaos in the three-year history of the playoff system. Their top two teams won't be the conference champions, meaning the conference champion may be left out of the playoff altogether. In about a week, all of the answers will be known; until then, this is what the projections look like.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

The Iron Bowl rivalry with Auburn didn't get its usual top billing this week, but the Crimson Tide still quietly and efficiently took care of business.

They are the only remaining Power 5 team without a loss, and even if they succumb to the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship Game, they're still a mortal lock for the playoff. Alabama fans don't need to sweat too much for the next week.

2. Clemson Tigers

Deshaun Watson put on a six-touchdown show against rival South Carolina this week before sitting out the fourth quarter to rest for the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech. The loss earlier this season to Pittsburgh wasn't pretty, but with wins over Florida State and Louisville, Clemson will make the playoff barring a loss this week.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State won't win the Big Ten, but they should still be the first non-conference champion to ever make the playoff after their impressive double overtime win over Michigan, which may be the best win for any team all season.

They don't control their own destiny this week, but they've likely done enough to qualify for the playoff as long as the committee is looking for the four best teams.

4. Penn State Nittany Lions

If Wisconsin wins this week, give this spot to Washington. If Penn State wins this week, how can the playoff committee leave them out - they beat Ohio State this season!

Nobody saw this year coming for the Nittany Lions, and while they would likely be destroyed by Alabama in the first round of the playoff, they have earned the opportunity to prove their worth on the football field.

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