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Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

The committee preached patience with regard to the Big 12, saying the conference was saving its best games for last. Those words are coming true with tonights rankings of No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 Baylor representing the clear amount of respect for both teams. The third-ranked Sooners seem set to land a playoff spot, particularly with No. 11 Oklahoma State as their final test. Baylor seems in perfect position to strike if any of the six teams above them falter and Fridays road trip to No. 19 TCU providing another chance to add to the resume.

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CFP Rankings: Nos. 7 - 10

In the latest playoff rankings, Baylor remains in the top 10 while Stanford and Michigan both move up to join the Bears. The biggest mover, however, was Ohio State, who tumbled out of the coveted top four.

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CFP Rankings: Nos. 16 - 20

In the latest playoff rankings, Northwestern, Oregon, and Ole Miss all move up, while TCU bumps down one spot to No. 19. Washington State rounds out the top 20.

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CFP rankings: 7-10

  • 7. Baylor
  • 8. Ohio State
  • 9. Stanford
  • 10. Michigan

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor bumped up three spots to No. 7 in the CFP ranking after a win at Oklahoma State. The Bears are lurking, should an upset or two happen above them.

CFP rankings: 16-20

  • 16. Northwestern
  • 17. Oregon
  • 18. Ole Miss
  • 19. TCU
  • 20. Washington State

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwight Powell played a season-low 13 minutes in Sunday night's loss to the Thunder, the first game JaVale McGee has been active for the Mavs. Powell has averaged 10.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in 21.5 minutes as the primary backup at center and power forward, but McGee will likely get most of the minutes behind big man Zaza Pachulia. "This does not diminish Powell's importance to the team," coach Rick Carlisle said.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Finalists for the Outland Trophy (nation's top interior lineman): Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango, Stanford guard Josh Garnett and Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Finalists for Biletnikoff Award (nation's top wide receiver): Baylor's Corey Coleman, TCU's Josh Doctson and Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Finalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award: TCU's Trevone Boykin, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Clemson's Deshaun Watson.

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