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Tuesday, November 06, 2018 10:50 pm

Dylan Sinn's College Football Playoff Picks

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

1. Alabama (9-0)

In one of the toughest environments in college football, the Crimson Tide was completely unfazed, dismantling No. 3 LSU in Baton Rouge, 29-0. It was likely the toughest game remaining on Alabama's schedule and the way is clear for an SEC Championship matchup against Georgia. Alabama has won all nine games by 22 points or more.

2. Clemson (9-0)

The Tigers have been even more dominant than Alabama recently, winning four straight conference games by at least 34 points. That includes a 77-16 thumping of a hapless Louisville squad Saturday, during which Clemson barely broke a sweat. The Tigers get No. 22 Boston College this week, a team coming off back-to-back wins over Miami and Virginia Tech.

3. Notre Dame (9-0)

The Irish aced a difficult road test, building a 17-point second-half lead and winning 31-21 against Big Ten West-leading Northwestern. It wasn't a particularly convincing victory, but Notre Dame doesn't need style points: the Irish control their CFP destiny. A senior day-matchup against a struggling Florida State team looms next.

4. Michigan (8-1)

The Wolverines get the nod here over Georgia by virtue of an easy 42-7 win over Penn State in the Big House. Michigan's "revenge tour", it's quest to beat all the teams it lost to last season, now has just one game remaining: a date in Columbus with No. 10 Ohio State. Games against Rutgers and Indiana don't figure to get in the way of that meeting.