Playoff takeaways: The ACC is done, contenders barely survive and more

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The second College Football Playoff ranking might not be as fluid as it felt on Saturday night as multiple games featuring playoff contenders unfolded with is-this-really-happening fourth-quarter finishes.

No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Cincinnati all teetered on the brink of upsets against unranked, sub-.500 teams on Saturday, but only No. 3 Michigan State was upended, by Purdue, leaving a hole in the top four for the selection committee to fill Tuesday in its second of six rankings.

Because almost everyone else won ugly, though, it’s possible there’s not a huge shift or any major surprises. This could be very easy for the selection committee — No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, and then bumping up Oregon to No. 3 after its road win at Washington, and promoting Ohio State to No. 4 following its road win at Nebraska.

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