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    Saturday's NCAAF games with biggest playoff impact

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    USA TODAY Sports’ George Schroeder breaks down the five matchups to watch.
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    As the weekend known for feasts moves along, Saturday brings a second consecutive day with a compelling college football menu.

    One noted rivalry game stands out above the rest — and we’re pretty sure you can guess which one that is — but several others will affect the national picture as well.

    We’ll stipulate that a number of inter-conference state rivalry match-ups have their particular points of interest. Florida and Florida State will be looking to enhance their cases for a major bowl invitation, South Carolina has a chance to put a serious damper on Clemson’s résumé before the Tigers play for the ACC title, and Louisville QB Lamar Jackson could use a big final outing against Kentucky to re-establish control of the Heisman race.

    All these are worth keeping an eye on, to be sure. But here are the Saturday contests that will have the most impact on the playoff hunt.

    No. 4 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State

    Saturday, noon ET, ABC | Pregame.com odds: Ohio State by 6½

    Yep, this is the big one. The loser will be out of the mix altogether. The winner isn’t necessarily guaranteed a place among the top four, but a Michigan win would provide the Wolverines’ ticket to the Big Ten title game. A Buckeyes’ victory, as has been well-documented, could complicate matters.

    The Buckeyes would appear to be in better shape in terms of available personnel, though last…



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