It's been made clear over the last few weeks there's a large gap between the top 10 teams in college football and the rest of the pack.
You could even make an argument that within the 10-team group, a four-team bloc has emerged as the elite programs.
Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan will be the top four sides in Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings, and given how well each team has played, it's hard not to see the quartet in the playoff.
The second tier of good teams is dominated by the SEC, which could force three teams into the New Year's Six based solely on the attrition in other conferences.
Due to the lack of impressive programs throughout the power conferences, the bowl selection process could be difficult, as certain bowls try to get the best matchup possible.
College Football Playoff
Cotton Bowl (December 29): No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Michigan
Orange Bowl (December 29): No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame
New Year's Six
Peach Bowl (December 29): UCF vs. Georgia
Fiesta Bowl (January 1): Oklahoma vs. Florida
Rose Bowl (January 1): Ohio State vs. Washington State
Sugar Bowl (January 1): West Virginia vs. LSU
New Mexico Bowl (December 15): San Diego State vs. North Texas
Cure Bowl (December 15): Toledo vs. Arkansas State
Las Vegas Bowl (December 15): Fresno State vs. USC
Camellia Bowl (December 15): Western Michigan vs. Appalachian State
New Orleans Bowl (December 15): Marshall vs. UL Monroe
Boca Raton Bowl (December 18): South Florida vs. Florida International
Frisco Bowl (December 19): Nevada vs. Colorado
Gasparilla Bowl (December 20): Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic
Bahamas Bowl (December 21): Ohio vs. Middle Tennessee State
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (December 21): Boise State vs. Eastern Michigan
Birmingham Bowl (December 22): Cincinnati vs. Arizona
Armed Forces Bowl (December 22): Temple vs. Army
Dollar General Bowl (December 22): Buffalo vs. Georgia Southern
Hawaii Bowl (December 22): Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech
First Responder Bowl (December 26): BYU vs. UAB
Quick Lane Bowl (December 26): Northern Illinois vs. Georgia Tech
Cheez-It Bowl (December 26): Baylor vs. California
Independence Bowl (December 27): Virginia vs. Oregon
Pinstripe Bowl (December 27): Purdue vs. Duke
Texas Bowl (December 27): Texas Tech vs. Tennessee
Music City Bowl (December 28): NC State vs. Missouri
Camping World Bowl (December 28): Syracuse vs. Iowa State
Alamo Bowl (December 28): Texas vs. Utah
Belk Bowl (December 29): Boston College vs. South Carolina
Arizona Bowl (December 29): Utah State vs. Troy
Military Bowl (December 31): Wake Forest vs. Houston
Sun Bowl (December 31): Arizona State vs. Pittsburgh
Redbox Bowl (December 31): Iowa vs. Stanford
Liberty Bowl (December 31): Oklahoma State vs. Auburn
Holiday Bowl (December 31): Washington vs. Northwestern
Gator Bowl (December 31): Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M
Outback Bowl (January 1): Mississippi State vs. Penn State
Citrus Bowl (January 1): Kentucky vs. Michigan State
CFB Playoff Prediction
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Michigan
Alabama is already penciled into 11-0, as The Citadel comes to Bryant-Denny Stadium during the SEC's annual cupcake week.
While a matchup with a FCS program throws off the competitive balance of the schedule this late in the season, this is something SEC schools have done for a while, and it makes up for teams such as Alabama playing difficult nonconference opponents in September.
Even without Tagovailoa under center, the Crimson Tide would have rolled to an easy victory to keep them atop the rankings heading into the Iron Bowl.
Michigan is building up to its rivalry clash with Ohio State, with Indiana being the latest team the Wolverines hope to surge past.
The Wolverines won their last two games by identical 42-7 scorelines over two different teams in Penn State and Rutgers.
A similar score is expected out of Jim Harbaugh's team against a 5-5 Hoosiers side that will try to test Michigan with bowl eligibility on the line.
As it has been for the past few weeks, Michigan's defense will be the X-factor, as it limits Indiana to less than 20 points.
Since Michigan is locked into the No. 4 seed if chalk holds, we can start thinking of how exciting a matchup between the Wolverines defense and Alabama's offense could be in the national semifinal.
No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame
There isn't much left for Clemson to prove after it stormed through Boston College Saturday to pick up its 10th victory.
Home games against Duke and South Carolina are left on the schedule for Dabo Swinney's team before it heads to the ACC Championship.
In its five home games. Clemson outscored opponents 231-60, and while Duke and South Carolina are formidable foes, they won't be able to keep up with the Tigers offensively.
With the ACC Atlantic locked up, the Tigers can look ahead to potential ACC Championship opponents, and maybe even take a glance at what a matchup with Notre Dame would look like in the playoff.
Notre Dame enters Week 12 in a similar position to Clemson from a week ago.
The Fighting Irish are looking to polish off their resume against a ranked ACC foe in Syracuse, but the difference between Saturday's game and Clemson's win over Boston College is the site.
Brian Kelly's team faces off against the Orange on a neutral field at Yankee Stadium, but there will be plenty of Notre Dame fans in attendance.
If they make a statement with their win over Syracuse, the Fighting Irish could end their regular season with a blowout of a USC team that is all out of sorts.
Although some could argue Michigan deserves the No. 3 seed, Notre Dame will end up in a matchup with Clemson because of its head-to-head win over the Wolverines from Week 1.
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