Roundtable discussion on college football playoffs
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Roundtable discussion on college football playoffs

Three questions on how the top four are stacking up entering pivotal weekend

Photo: Mark Dantonio leads his Spartans on to the field.

We have plenty to be thankful about as college football fans, especially now that we’re in the era of the college football playoff (CFP)

The anticipation leading up to the reveal of the initial rankings was palpable and each week since, the ups and downs of the weekly release have provided us with more than enough to talk about to get us to the weekend.

With a huge weekend of college football coming up with playoff implications seemingly around every corner, we at Today’s U felt it appropriate to push aside the turkey and stuffing and digest with some college football playoff talk.

Once you leave your Thanksgiving table (stuffed, no doubt), come join our latest Today’s U Roundtable.

Question No. 1:  We’ve got a Top 4 right now of Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa. Considering that a loss this week would undoubtedly push a team out of that playoff group (just ask Ohio State), which of these programs is at the greatest risk of not being a playoff team the next time we see the rankings

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."