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Drawing conclusions: Playoff impact of conference title games

Welcome to the championship week edition of our weekly illustrations focusing on the games that shape the national title race.


Penn State looks to cut in on Ohio State's playoff dance

Penn State has the head-to-head edge over the Buckeyes. And now it has a conference title to go along with it. But is it enough for the Nittany Lions to get past either Ohio State or Washington?

Michigan needs help from Colorado, doesn't get it

Jim Harbaugh was forced to play spectator this weekend. And when the Buffaloes fell to Washington, the Wolverines saw their playoff hopes shrink considerably.

Bama sticks landing in perfect 13-0 regular season

In a season of uncertainty, there was one constant: Nick Saban's crew was a wire-to-wire No. 1, culminating with a dominant 54-16 rout of Florida in the SEC title game.

Washington stakes claim to playoff spot

Entering the weekend, No. 4 Washington was holding on to a playoff spot. A 41-10 win over No. 8 Colorado was a powerful statement to the committee that the Huskies need to stay in the top four.