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Divisional races can quietly impact larger playoff landscape

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Herbstreit says Buckeyes are still alive for the CFP (2:40)

Kirk Herbstreit looks at the crucial matchups this week, including Mississippi State vs. Alabama and Ohio State vs. Michigan State. (2:40)

Down the ballot from the College Football Playoff and New Year's Six races, you will find the state senate elections of college football: the divisional races, which are lower profile but can quietly have an impact on the larger landscape.