Football Four: Clemson falls out, Auburn rises to top in College Football Playoff chase

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USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll.
USA TODAYTime to shed some preconceived notions. We’re all susceptible, because college football, and it’s extremely hard to resist. But here’s a thought experiment: If you didn’t know which team won it all last year and brought back a quarterback who makes NFL scouts drool … well? Where would you have Clemson?While we’re at it, let’s dump some other presuppositions, too – like the idea that any team is cemented into the bracket (just because of course they’re in). If we do that? The Football Four Playoff Projection suddenly looks odd. There’s an SEC West team atop the rankings – but not that SEC West team; that one … well, keep reading.As the calendar turns to October, a supposed elite tier of two teams appears more like seven very legitimate contenders. Shuffle ‘em every week, as the bodies of work change and a fuller picture takes shape – but unfortunately, there’s only room for four. And the Football Four is nobody’s birthright.WINNERS AND LOSERS: Highs and lows from Week 5 in college footballWEEK 5 OBSERVATIONS: Clemson is ranked No. 1 but it isn’t the best teamWhich is only to say: You’re still in, ‘Bama, and you’ve been really good – but so have several other guys. As always, remember we pick the bracket as if the season was over today.*Football Four1. Auburn – While we’re captivated by all of the offense in these weekly rankings, how about t

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