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Predicting What Tonight's College Football Playoff Rankings Will Look Like - Week 13

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We're less than a week away. 

On Sunday, the 2015 College Football Playoff field will be unveiled. 

Tonight, we get the final rankings before the field is officially set. The rankings will be revealed at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN. 

What will the top 10 look like after rivalry weekend? 

We think it'll look something like this. 

Here's our prediction for this week's top 10. 

10. Florida State (10-2)

The Seminoles, with two losses and no way to win the ACC, have no chance to make the College Football Playoff. It was still a decent year for Jimbo Fisher's team, though. Florida State's extremely talented and very young. This is a team that should be a top 10 squad for the 2016 season. They'll be in serious CFB Playoff contention next season. 

9. North Carolina (11-1) 

Can the Tar Heels make the College Football Playoff with a win against Clemson this Saturday? We'd be stunned if they don't. A 12-1 North Carolina team riding a 12-game winning streak with a win over the No. 1 team in the country and an ACC Championship should be a lock to make the field. 

8. Notre Dame (10-2) 

The Fighting Irish are out of College Football Playoff contention. Notre Dame's last-second loss to Stanford eliminated Brian Kelly's team from the chance to compete for a national title. Notre Dame should be in good position to make a New Year's Six bowl. This is a team that should be a College Football Playoff favorite heading into the 2016 season, too. 

7. Stanford (10-2) 

Some think the Cardinal still have a chance to make the playoff. We're skeptical. Stanford would probably need Alabama to lose to Florida and then have the committee jump the Cardinal, with two losses, over a one-loss Ohio State team. The committee does value conference titles, though, so if Stanford can thump USC, maybe that'll be enough - with some help - to get David Shaw's team in. 

6. Ohio State (11-1) 

There are two ways for the Buckeyes to potentially make it into the playoff - Florida beating Alabama or North Carolina beating Clemson. The latter is far from a guarantee, though, as it's very possible a 12-1 Tar Heels team makes it into the field. It's also extremely unlikely that the Gators can beat the Crimson Tide. So it looks pretty dim for Urban Meyer's team right now. Craziness has happened before, though. 

5. Michigan State (11-1) 

It's pretty simple for the Spartans - beat Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday and you're in. Can Mark Dantonio's squad get it done? We think so. Michigan State looked great against Penn State and is getting healthier. This is a team that's getting better by the week. The Spartans will be very dangerous if they can get in. 

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4. Iowa (12-0)

What was said about Michigan State can be said about the Hawkeyes - win on Saturday night in the Big Ten Championship Game and you're in. 

The Spartans are the favorite, but don't underestimate Iowa. Everyone seems to have been expecting a loss that just hasn't come yet for Kirk Ferentz's team. At this point, a Hawkeyes' win and berth into the College Football Playoff would not be surprising. 

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— UI Foundation (@givetoiowa) November 30, 2015

What seed will Iowa get if it finishes 13-0? It's possible this team could jump into the No. 2 or No. 3 spot with a good performance against Michigan State on Saturday. Next: No. 3 ??? >>>3. Alabama (11-1)Yes, we think the Crimson Tide will drop one spot this week. Alabama had a solid performance against Auburn in the Iron Bowl, but it wasn't dominant. So Nick Saban's team falls behind Oklahoma, which now has a Big 12 championship on its resume, something the committee should value a lot. 

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— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL)

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— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) November 29, 2015

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The No. 1 seed remains in reach, though. If Alabama can blow out Florida in the SEC Championship Game - an outcome that seems probable at this point - and Clemson struggles against North Carolina, it's easy to see the committee shooting the Crimson Tide into the top seed. Getting that top seed is important, too. The longer you have to wait before playing the Sooners, the better. Next: No. 2 ??? >>>2. OklahomaNo one has been more impressive over the last month of the season than this Sooners team. Oklahoma ended its regular season with wins against Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State. The win against the Cowboys came in dominant fashion, with Bob Stoops' team winning by 35 points. 

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— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football)

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— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) November 30, 2015

">November 30, 2015

Now that Oklahoma has a conference championship, we think the committee will reward the Sooners with a bump up in the rankings. Since they're off this weekend, though, it's possible they could fall back to the No. 3 or No. 4 seed depending on what happens in the conference championship games. The Sooners have nothing to worry about when it comes to making the playoff, though. They are in. Next: No. 1 ??? >>>1. Clemson (12-0)We expect the Tigers to hold on to the No. 1 spot once again. Clemson faces an extremely daunting task on Saturday, though. Dabo Swinney's squad is set to face North Carolina (11-1) in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte Saturday night. Clemson is favored, but a Tar Heels' victory is far from improbable. North Carolina is rolling, having won 11 straight games. This will be Clemson's toughest test of the season. 

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Win and you're in. 

Win impressively, and Clemson should hold onto the No. 1 seed and likely miss facing Alabama and Oklahoma in the semifinals. 

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