Alabama vs. Tennessee: Why the Vols could pull off the upset
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Alabama vs. Tennessee: Why the Vols could pull off the upset
SI Staff
Thursday October 13th, 2016

The College Football Playoff field is beginning to take shape. While the selection committee’s first set of rankings won’t be released until Nov. 1, some teams have distinguished themselves as prime contenders for a spot in the national semifinals. As conference play continues, that group inevitably will change, with some squads that have dominated their opponents so far dropping out and others improving after slow starts to join the conversation. This week doesn’t offer many matchups that figure to have a huge impact on the playoff race, but a number of contests should provide indications of whether certain teams with national title aspirations have a shot at making the final four. 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 every big game.

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Who deserves to be No. 1: Alabama or Ohio State?

  Staples Thamel Schnell Hamilton Niesen Becht Baum-
Miss. St. at BYU
NC St. at Clemson
Minn. at Maryland
Kan. St. at Okla.
W. Va. at Tex. Tech
Alabama at Tenn.
USC at Arizona
Nebraska at Indiana
UNC at Miami
Ole Miss at Ark.
Stanford at ND
Ariz. St. at Colo.
Ohio St. at Wisc.
UCLA at Wash. St.
LAST WEEK 8-6 7-7 7-7 7-7 7-7 10-4 7-7
SEASON 58-33 58-33 65-26 60-31 56-35 61-30 57-34

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