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USA TODAY Sports' Paul Myerberg on the biggest risers, fallers and surprises from Week 3 in the top 25 of the Amway Coaches Poll. USA TODAY Sports

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The preseason edition of bowl projections had Penn State in the College Football Playoff field. A close scare against Appalachian State led to the Nittany Lions being removed in favor of Wisconsin.

A shocking loss by the Badgers to BYU last week opened the door back up to Penn State, which has posted dominant wins against Pittsburgh and Kent State since its struggles on opening day.

What about Ohio State after its defeat of TCU? The Buckeyes will visit State College in two weeks and the winner looks to be great position to reach the Big Ten title game. For now, the Nittany Lions have a slight edge in what will be the first massive game of the season.

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Alabama, Clemson and Georgia each keep their playoff spots. It continues to look like the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs could be unbeaten by the time the SEC championship game rolls around. A loss wouldn't be disqualifying if expected upsets occur in other conferences.

A reminder: Some conferences may not fulfill their bowl allotment. Asterisks denote a replacement pick.

 

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