Iowa tries to complete its regular season undefeated while two games in the East Division will decide the Hawkeyes' opponent in Indianapolis.
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Iowa on upset alert at Nebraska
The undefeated Hawkeyes have already clinched the Big Ten's West Division. But if they can't escape Lincoln with a win, it will cast doubt over their spot in the ranking. This week's GameDay Kickoff preview has this matchup on upset alert. GameDay Kickoff: Rivalry Week
It's the Hawkeyes who are competing for a spot in the playoff, while the Cornhuskers are trying to avoid just their third losing season since 1962.
Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott will likely be named the Big Ten's top offensive player despite seeing his streak of 100-yard rushing games end at 15.
Here's where the CFP stands
Clemson and Alabama are 1 and 2, again. Meanwhile, Oklahoma and Iowa have moved up to 3 and 4, respectively, as Michigan State and Notre Dame are the first two teams out.
Thanksgiving week: time for turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. And college football, too! For many teams, it'll be their last game of the year.
With four teams in the top 10 of the College Football Playoff rankings, there are plenty of things to watch down the stretch in the Big Ten.
With just one week left in the regular season, there's still a lot that can change in the Big Ten bowl picture. Here are projections as things stand.
While the Iowa Hawkeyes are the Big Ten's top team for the moment, both Michigan State and Ohio State still have shots at the CFP.
Does Iowa deserve a top four spot?
The Hawkeyes' 11-0 record says yes. On the other hand, they might have had an easier road to the top when compared to their competitors. The strength of their win-loss record ranked fifth.
CFP rankings: 1-6
- 1. Clemson
- 2. Alabama
- 3. Oklahoma
- 4. Iowa
- 5. Michigan State
- 6. Notre Dame
Projected CFB playoff lines
If the College Football Playoff were held today, here are the projected lines from the Las Vegas Westgate Super Book:
- Clemson -9 vs. Iowa
- Alabama -6 vs. Oklahoma
Who gets the last two spots?
Oklahoma and Iowa grabbed playoff spots this week, but Michigan State and Notre Dame are right on their heels. The Sooners have the strongest resume of the four teams. But are the Hawkeyes' two wins against FPI top 40 schools enough to hold off the Spartans?
CFP rankings: Who's in?
There's a shakeup at the top of the latest playoff rankings, as Iowa and Oklahoma join the playoff picture alongside Clemson and Alabama. But with another weekend of football ahead, will either No. 5 Michigan State or No. 6 Notre Dame muscle its way in?
Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer
Iowa is 4th and Michigan State is 5th. Pretty much interchangeable, as both teams need to win out (and beat one of the other). A Notre Dame loss to Stanford would still be extremely helpful for the Big Ten, as the Irish are 6th.
Oklahoma and Iowa came in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, in the latest College Football Playoff rankings behind stalwarts Clemson and Alabama. Notre Dame dropped to No. 6 despite a win.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back): Duke safety Jeremy Cash, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and Iowa cornerback Desmond King.
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