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Rick Bozich ranks the Top 20 (and Bottom 5) teams in college football every Sunday. Rick Bozich ranks the Top 20 (and Bottom 5) teams in college football every Sunday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Here is what happens when 12 people entrusted with figuring out what is happening in college football think like Johnny Manziel and put Texas A&M in the front row of College Football Playoff contenders.

Legitimate contenders decide they need to win games by scores like 52-7, 54-0, 59-3, 62-3 and 66-27.

Those were the final margins of victories delivered by Louisville (over Boston College), Clemson (Syracuse), Michigan (Maryland), Ohio State (Nebraska) and Washington (California).

Considering the Buckeyes were playing an alleged Top 10 opponent, Urban Meyer’s team is positioned to eventually (not simply this week) benefit most.

The Committee says margin of victory is not important. On Saturday coaches said it was important.

I know which side I believe.

On to the Top 20/Bottom 5.

Top 20

1. Alabama (9-0) — The Crimson Tide didn’t earn style points against LSU, but the Nick Saban has not needed style points since he left Toledo.

2. Michigan (9-0) — The Wolverines beat Maryland 59-3. Doesn’t it seem like Michigan beats everybody, 59-3? It was their sixth win by 33 or more.

3. Clemson (9-0) — You can shrug at a 54-0 win over Syracuse but the Orange had won back-to-back games and not been blanked all season.

4. Washington (9-0) — Memo to the College Football Playoff Committee: You made the Huskies furious with your silly love affair with Texas A&M.

5. Louisville (8-1) — Wake Forest — make that bowl-eligible Wake Forest — comes to town Saturday. Win. Win big.

6. Ohio State (8-1) — The Buckeyes treated Nebraska like Bo Pelini was still the Cornhuskers’ coach.

7. Wisconsin (7-2) — The Badgers will have their chance to play spoiler in the Big Ten title game. Good thing or bad thing?

8. Auburn (7-2) — The Tigers’ game at Alabama Nov. 26 will be for the SEC West title if Auburn can win at Georgia Saturday.

9. Western Michigan (9-0) — A Power Five coach will howl if his team gets matched against the Broncos in a bowl game.

10. Washington State (7-2) — This is a team that will have a king-sized fan club in Louisville when the Cougars host Washington Nov. 26.

11. Credibility Gap

12. Chicago Cubs (4-3) — They won the World Series, the Nielsen ratings,  the parade and Saturday Night Live.

13. Penn State (7-2)— If the Nittany Lions could erase that 49-10 loss to Michigan, they’d deserve a lot more love.

14. Colorado (7-2) — Tell the truth: Were you aware the Buffaloes have won seven games? Take a bow Mike MacIntyre.

15. Arrogate (5-0-1) — Bob Baffert can coach my team any time, any place, any distance, any purse. He’s having a much better year than the coach of his favorite program — Rich Rodriguez of Arizona

16. Cleveland Cavaliers (5-0) — They’re the last undefeated team in the NBA and still the only championship team Cleveland has produced in decades.

17. Texas (5-4) — Charlie Strong’s not dead yet, America. The Longhorns have won three of four and can get to eight wins by beating West Virginia, Kansas and TCU.

18. Western Kentucky (7-3) — You could put Brent Musburger at quarterback and Jeff Brohm would find a way to score 50 points. The Toppers have scored 44 or more in six straight games.

19. Duke (0-0) — They say Coach K is loaded this season — and the Blue Devils open against Marist (Friday) and Grand Canyon (Saturday) in Durham.

20. Send me a postcard. I’ll read it.

Bottom Five

5. Texas A&M — I never thought the Aggies deserved to be in the playoff conversation but they could have at least faked it for another week.

4.  Brian Kelly — Losing to Navy and Duke in the same season? You’re inching toward Gerry Faust and Tyrone Willingham territory, coach.

3. Baylor — And not because of the 40-point home loss to TCU.

2. Michigan State — Can you say 2-10?

1. College Football Playoff Committee — Texas A&M? Even Johnny Manziel wonders what was in your sweet tea.

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