Those conference championship upsets with the potential to create College Football Playoff chaos scenarios never actually happen.
As AP Top 25 college football poll voter Brett McMurphy of Action Network pointed out, only six teams that went into championship weekend holding a top-four spot in the selection committee's rankings did not end up making the field.
There is still so much to be decided heading into this week's Thanksgiving college football feast.
Let's sort it out, conference by conference.
Atlantic Coast Conference: No. 20 Pitt is locked into the conference championship game and will face No.
While most of the country breaks out the sweaters and fleece jackets to embrace fall, down in the South you can still find hints of summer — on the football schedule.
The season is about to get serious for No. 4 Oklahoma and the Big 12.
The Sooners come off a open date to play the first of what could be their four toughest games of the season. They visit No.
Michigan State might be fortunate not to be ranked No. 2.
Coming off a big win against Michigan, the fifth-ranked Spartans are heading to Purdue, a program with a long history of being one of the college football's most prolific giant killers.
The Big Ten eliminator begins.
The Midwest is in the spotlight on the weekend before the College Football Playoff releases its first rankings with a couple ranked matchups and another game pitting two of the best defenses in the country.
For the first time this season, there are no games on the college football schedule matching two ranked teams. That doesn't mean there aren't some intriguing matchups.
In the spotlight are a handful of teams that stumbled early and fell out of the rankings, but now have a chance to get their seasons pointed in the right direction.
Sometimes a big game really isn't.
No. 1 Georgia faces No. 11 Kentucky on Saturday, the third straight game for the Bulldogs against a ranked Southeastern Conference opponent.
Georgia won the first two games by a combined score of 71-10, and the oddsmakers don't expect this one to be all that much closer.
Nobody should be rooting harder for Notre Dame the rest of the season than Cincinnati.
The fifth-ranked Bearcats passed their big test last weekend by beating the Fighting Irish and open American Athletic Conference play Friday night at home against Temple.
The road to a Southeastern Conference championship showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia has plenty of potential pitfalls and detours.
The next two weeks present what look like serious challenges to the superpowers, starting Saturday when each hosts a ranked conference rival.
Last week, college football gave fans one of its tastiest, and unfortunately rare, treats when Auburn visited Penn State.
Good teams. Great setting. Entertaining game. What college football is all about.
This week it is the Big Ten that gets an opportunity to make a statement.
The Pac-12 was in the spotlight last week, and while the conference as a whole didn't fare well going 3-5 in nonconference games against FBS opponents, Oregon's upset at Ohio State was a potential season-shaper.
UCLA won't be around to bail out the Pac-12 this weekend.
The Bruins' victory against LSU was the highlight of an otherwise unimpressive Week 1 for the West Coast's Power Five conference.
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