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College Football's Day of Reckoning on Saturday

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J.T. Barrett, Ohio State University quarterback (Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via AP)

By    |   Friday, 01 December 2017 10:37 AM

College football's day of reckoning comes Saturday with bids to the four-team playoffs and the national championship on the line in four games.

No. 1 Clemson (11-1), and No. 2 Auburn (10-2), No. 3 Oklahoma (11-1), and No. 4 Wisconsin (12-0) are all likely fill the four NCAA Division I College Football Playoffs spots if they each win their games on Saturday, but all of those wins will require heavy lifts against strong, nationally-ranked opponents, The New York Times reported.

Clemson, the defending national champion, takes on No. 7 Miami (11-1), which is hoping to break into one of the playoff spots with a win in that Atlantic Coast Conference championship game at 8:14 p.m. in Charlotte, North Carolina. The game will be on ABC.

Auburn, which stunned former No. 1 Alabama last week, will battle No. 6 Georgia (11-1) in the Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta at 4 p.m., which will be aired on CBS. The winner will likely be in the playoffs and the loser will almost definitely be out of the running.

Oklahoma will battle No. 10 Texas Christian (10-2) in the Big 12 championship game at 12:30 p.m., in Arlington, Texas which will air on Fox. TCU will be playing more of spoiler role since it will have only a longshot's chance to make the playoffs.

Wisconsin, the lone undefeated team left in the Top 10, will take on No. 8 Ohio State (10-2), another playoff longshot, in the Big 10 title game in Indianapolis, which will air on Fox at 8:17 p.m., according to the Times.

Controversy has surrounded the status of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, who reportedly had minor knee surgery Sunday after the team's victory against Michigan, but is still slated to play against Wisconsin Saturday, ESPN reported.

"He's going to play in the game," Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer assured a local radio station Thursday, claiming that the injured signal-caller has been cleared to play in the title game, Cleveland.com reported. Barrett this week was named first team All-Big 10 at quarterback, according to Cleveland.com, pointing out his value to the Buckeyes.

"He looks good, good attitude, working good," Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Tuesday, per ESPN. "We're being smart with [his practice] volume so we make sure he's there by Saturday."

Waiting in the wings will be No. 5 Alabama (11-1), which will need one of the favorites to lose to possibly sneak back into the top 4. That will likely leave Crimson Tide players chained to the television all day Saturday.

Alabama, the 2015 national champions, will likely be left out of the playoffs if all of the favorites win.

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