Playoff takeaways: Cincy’s opening, Big 12’s uncertainty and more

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The ACC was a longshot to begin with this season, but dropped out of the playoff conversation after Wake Forest lost at North Carolina on Nov. 6. Now, the Big 12 is in trouble after No. 8 Oklahoma, the conference’s top contender and only undefeated team, lost to No. 13 Baylor with one of the most unimpressive offensive showings under coach Lincoln Riley.

So with two of the five most powerful conferences in college football without a legitimate title contender, the door is open for …

Two SEC teams? Undefeated Cincinnati? One-loss Notre Dame?

Here’s a look at how the Sooners’ loss impacted the playoff picture, along with other realistic scenarios the selection committee might have to debate this week and on Selection Day:

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