Ranking Week 11 Games By College Football Playoff Implications

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Nov 1, 2014; Morgantown, WV, USA; TCU Horned Frogs running back B.J. Catalon (23) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. TCU defeated West Virginia, 31-30. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

No. 7 Kansas State Wildcats at No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs

Here is the first of a few Big 12 games we’ve been waiting for this month. Obviously, with Oklahoma and Baylor playing this weekend as well, the Big 12 slate with only four games has the biggest impact of all on the College Football Playoff. And this game is huge.

With Kansas State trying to prove its worth since its only loss is to the Auburn Tigers earlier in the year, a win against TCU vaults them not only to the top of the Big 12 in rankings, but it also might help them bump Oregon in the Selection Committee’s College Football Playoff rankings. That’s particularly true if Alabama loses.

TCU, meanwhile, still needs some help to win the Big 12 since Baylor is still in control of its own destiny, and if both teams win out, then they have no shot. But they pretty much have no shot if they lose Saturday either.

If they win, however, they are right in the thick of the College Football Playoff race as well, and Baylor still has plenty of chances to slip up. So with that in mind, one team is likely going to be eliminated from College Football Playoff talk Saturday while another vaults into the conversation with Alabama and Oregon or possibly jumps both of them.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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