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Could the chaos take over?

So you want chaos to ensue in the college football world?

Then Saturday just might be your day.

The top seven teams in the College Football Playoff rankings entered this week with one more game left in their season, and several of them could be difficult tests (although No. 2 Oregon destroyed No. 7 Arizona on Friday night in the Pac-12 championship).

Part of the focus will be right on our state with one game involving a team from the Peach State and another game that will be played in the Peach State.

Georgia Tech has been tremendous the second half of the season and has a chance to end its season with its best three-game run in some time. The Yellow Jackets dominated Clemson and then ended their five-game losing streak to Georgia.

Up next is a game with Florida State, which is ranked fourth in the playoff rankings, is the defending national champion and hasn’t lost a game since Jameis Winston stepped on the field last year. But the Seminoles have had to work hard for their undefeated record this season and have had a lot of breaks go their way.

Will their luck run out against Georgia Tech? It certainly could happen, and the Yellow Jackets wouldn’t need luck to make that take place.

Their offense has been dynamic, although it will be without former Tattnall Square standout DeAndre Smelter, who was hurt last week against Georgia. And the Yellow Jackets’ defense has been opportunistic in taking advantage of the other teams’ mistakes.

While the Seminoles are undefeated, they have made a lot of mistakes, especially Winston, who has been really careless with the ball.

That game will be played in Charlotte, while another pivotal contest will be played at the Georgia Dome. Top-ranked Alabama looks like a clear favorite to beat Missouri in the SEC championship game, but the Tigers haven’t lost since being blown out by Georgia -- winning six straight -- and they have enough to make the Crimson Tide nervous.

Then, there are No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Baylor. Ohio State, which is down to its third quarterback, must face Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, and that certainly is no gimme. Baylor hosts Kansas State, which has lost only to Auburn and TCU and is ranked ninth in the playoff rankings.

No. 3 TCU, in fact, appears to have the only easy day ahead on the schedule as it takes on Iowa State, which is 2-9.

So what happens if some of the top teams -- or even all of them -- lose Saturday? Say Florida State and Alabama both lose their conference title games or what about Ohio State? What teams will get into the top four for the playoff? Could Georgia Tech move all the way up from No. 11?

Who knows, really. None of this could happen, and we likely would be set with Alabama, Oregon, TCU and Florida State, and there’s nothing wrong with that (except that the Seminoles shouldn’t be fourth).

But some of it -- or all of it -- could happen, and that’s going to make for a fun, and chaotic, day.

Contact Daniel Shirley at 744-4227 or dshirley@macon.com

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