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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

As Kirk Herbstreit notes, you can make a case for Penn State, Washington and Michigan. Which team can you make the strongest case against?

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington fill learn its College Football Playoff fate shortly, but it's hard to find any logic in the Huskies dropping from No. 4 after beating the No. 8-ranked team by 31 to win the Pac-12 championship.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Biggest question I have is how much Penn State's overall profile has changed in committee's eyes. The Temple win should, in theory, really help the Lions.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

No official watch party for Washington today but I'm here at Husky Stadium for the announcement and we'll have a chance to speak with coach Chris Petersen after the release.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Western Kentucky's Jeff Brohm will be the leading candidate at Cincinnati if the school can land him ahead of possibly two Power 5 options (Purdue and Baylor). Others include Air Force coach Troy Calhoun and Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. Buckeyes assistant Kerry Coombs also could get a look as he has extensive roots in the Cincinnati area.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Projection screens in the Ohio State film room are already tuned to ESPN ahead of the selection show. The Buckeyes were actually given the entire weekend off by coach Urban Meyer and don't have a team meeting scheduled today, so the practice facility may stay relatively empty this afternoon.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The Big Ten Championship trophy has a front-row spot for Penn State's selection show watch party.

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Washington is one of three schools ranked in the top four in strength of record (most deserving) and FPI (best). Alabama and Ohio State are others. The Huskies are second in overall efficiency behind Alabama and the only team in the top eight in offensive and defensive efficiency.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The scene back on campus as the Nittany Lions arrived from the airport. Playing on the loudspeakers: "We are the champions."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The scoreboards inside Beaver Stadium have a message for the college football playoff committee.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama DE Jonathan Allen admits his defense came out a little antsy in the first half against Florida but it completely regrouped in the second half, allowing just 70 yards


Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State players are en route from the airport to their on-campus watch party. They were greeted with waves from some runners who are participating in a marathon this chilly morning.

Marty Smith ESPN 

.@ClemsonFB ACC title hardware made its way to the team brunch.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The Penn State charter from Indianapolis just landed at nearby University Park Airport. The team will be busing back to campus shortly.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson receiver Deon Cain was asked if he wanted Bama after the Tigers likely clinched a playoff spot Saturday night. "Oh, of course. For real. Of course," Cain said. He hopes it happens in the national title game to "get that feeling back."

Last-minute playoff projection

Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy are in agreement on all four playoff picks. The committee will release their final decisions at noon ET on ESPN. Bowl projections

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Final New Year's Six bowl projections

Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy agree on the matchups for the Cotton, Rose and Sugar Bowls, but they disagree on the Orange Bowl matchup. Bowl projections

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Has anyone passed Jackson for Heisman?

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson led his Tigers to the ACC title and a pair of Oklahoma stars captured the Big 12 title on Saturday. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson didn't finish strong, but did he still do enough? GameDay Final

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Will USC pass Colorado in final ranking?

No. 8 Colorado lost by 31 points to No. 4 Washington in the Pac-12 championship game. If No. 11 USC finishes higher than the Buffaloes in the final poll, the Trojans will be Rose Bowl bound. GameDay Final

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