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Conference rivals go head-to-head
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Conference rivals go head-to-head
SI Staff
Wednesday September 21st, 2016

One major benefit of the College Football Playoff is the incentive it provides for teams to schedule challenging non-conference games. The selection committee has shown it doesn’t just look at wins and losses—it also looks at who you play. A host of intriguing non-league contests that took place over the last few weeks will help shape the next final four, but it’s time to set those results aside for now. Conference play is upon us. Teams are beginning challenging stretches of tests against familiar opponents. Among the highlights this week are LSU’s trip to Auburn, USC’s visit to Utah and Stanford’s bout with UCLA in Los Angeles. A panel of Sports Illustrated writers and editors (Andy Staples, Pete Thamel, Lindsay Schnell, Brian Hamilton, Joan Niesen, Colin Becht and Gabriel Baumgaertner) made its picks for those games and more.

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  Staples Thamel Schnell Hamilton Niesen Becht Baum-
gaertner
Clemson at GT
USC at Utah
UGA at Ole Miss
FSU at USF
Wisc. at Mich. St.
Florida at Tenn.
Pitt at UNC
Penn St. at Mich.
Colo. at Oregon
LSU at Auburn
Nebraska at NU
Ok. St. at Baylor
Stanford at UCLA
Ark. at TAMU
LAST WEEK 11-6 11-6 12-5 11-6 11-6 9-8 13-4
SEASON 34-13 33-14 34-13 33-14 32-15 29-18 30-17

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