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Since its implementation, the College Football Playoff hasn’t been as clear cut as expected.

Clemson, for instance, started last season ranked 12th by The Associated Press and Coaches polls, before coming within one possession of a national championship.

Teams make runs. Few saw saw Christian McCaffrey setting the Pac-12 with a record-breaking season that nearly earned him a Heisman and elevated his team to third in the end-of-season rankings; even fewer saw Iowa winning a school-record 12 games last year after entering the season unranked in every poll imaginable.

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