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College football rankings: Arizona playing for playoff spot in Pac-12 Championship?

Arizona comes into the Pac-12 Championship game ranked No. 7 and in position to potentially make the College Football Playoff with a win over Oregon.

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Since Friday, it's already been perhaps the most historic week in the Arizona football program's history. A Pac-12 division title, a win over ASU, a 10-win season and the fact that the Wildcats are peaking at the right time. They now find themselves heading into the final week of the college football season with a No. 7 ranking by the College Football Playoff committee, a chance to upset the No. 2 team for the second time in a year and a shot at testing the committee more than it has to this point.

Does a two-loss team from a conference like the Pac-12 -- currently with six ranked teams -- survive?

For the second time this year, we turn to a quote from Stanford coach David Shaw back in September.

"It all hinges, as we all know, on the (college football playoff) committee," Shaw said during his weekly teleconference on Sept. 23. "Imagine a two-loss Pac-12 champion that's played a hellacious schedule. Do they get bumped for a one-loss or an undefeated team that did not play the same type of schedule? That, to me, is going to determine where this playoff goes -- and scheduling in the future. If (getting bumped) happens, I can guarantee there are going to be 12 coaches going to the commissioner."

To recap: the Pac-12 arguably has the most difficult conference schedule with two nine conference games, a title game and such depth.

There's a lot to talk about this week, and a lot could change next, when it really matters. This week, Alabama and Oregon rightfully find themselves in first and second. TCU, at 10-1, is hard to keep out since it lost to No. 6 Baylor and plays 2-9 Iowa State this week. Florida State deserves a little gripe that it's No. 4 despite being underwhelmingly undefeated. Then there's Baylor, which by the way plays No. 9 Kansas State this week, right behind No. 5 Ohio State, which could help Arizona by losing to a dangerous Wisconsin team in the Big Ten title game.

Then we come to the Wildcats. Things will have to go their way to move up the rankings. Or will they?

Ted Miller isn't the only one with a rosy outlook.  Still, it'd be welcoming for the Wildcats to receive some help in the chance, however slim it seems, that they beat the Ducks for the third time in the last three tries.

Otherwise, Larry Scott just might have 12 football coaches ready to knock down his door.

College Football Playoff

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Rank Team Last week Week 14 result Final opponent If the season ended today ...
1 Alabama (11-1) 1 Won 55-44 vs. No. 15 Auburn Missouri Sugar Bowl vs. Florida State
2 Oregon (11-1) 2 Won 47-19 at Oregon State Arizona Rose Bowl vs. TCU
3 TCU (10-1) 5 Won 48-10 at Texas Iowa State Rose Bowl vs. Oregon
4 Florida State (12-0) 3 Won 24-19 vs. Florida Georgia Tech Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama
5 Ohio State (11-1) 6 Won 42-28 vs. Michigan Wisconsin New Year's bowl
6 Baylor (10-1) 7 Won 48-46 vs. Texas Tech Kansas State New Year's bowl
7 Arizona (10-2) 11 Won 42-35 vs. No. 13 Arizona State Oregon New Year's bowl
8 Michigan State (10-2) 10 Won 34-10 at Penn State None Orange Bowl vs. Georgia Tech*
9 Kansas State (9-2) 12 Won 51-13 vs. Kansas Baylor New Year's bowl
10 Mississippi State (10-2) 4 Lost 31-17 at No. 19 Ole Miss None New Year's bowl
11 Georgia Tech (10-2) 16 Won 30-24 (OT) at No. 9 Georgia Florida State Orange Bowl vs. Michigan State
12 Ole Miss (9-3) 19 Won 31-17 vs. No. 4 Mississippi State None
13 Wisconsin (10-2) 14 Won 34-24 vs. No. 18 Minnesota Ohio State
14 Georgia (9-3) 9 Lost 30-24 (OT) vs. No. 16 Georgia Tech None
15 UCLA (9-3) 8 Lost 31-10 vs. Stanford None
16 Missouri (10-2) 17 Won 21-14 vs. Arkansas Alabama
17 Arizona State (10-2) 13 Lost 42-35 at No. 11 Arizona None
18 Clemson (9-3) 21 Won 35-17 vs. South Carolina None
19 Auburn (8-4) 15 Lost 55-44 at No. 1 Alabama None
20 Oklahoma (8-3) 20 Idle Oklahoma State
21 Louisville (9-3) 22 Won 44-40 vs. Kentucky None
22 Boise State (10-2) 23 Won 50-19 vs. Utah State Fresno State New Year's bowl
23 Utah (8-4) 25 Won 38-34 vs. Colorado None
24 LSU (8-4) NR Won 23-17 at Texas A&M None
25 USC (8-4) NR Won 49-14 vs. Notre Dame None