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SEC turmoil shapes college football playoff picture

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The new weekend of college football brought forth a bevy of match-ups with playoff implications, with many of them being housed in the Southeastern Conference.

From Auburn and Mississippi State's near-brush with losses to Georgia's disappointing upset defeat, here is a look at the games that threatened to change the landscape of the season going forward.

Florida State vs. Louisville

Billed as the last game against an actually competitive opponent left for the second-ranked Seminoles, it lived up to expectations when the Cardinals raced ahead to a 21-0 lead early in the first quarter.

Of course, because the college football gods continue to smile upon Florida state coach Jimbo Fisher and his quarterback, Jameis Winston, that lead quickly evaporated.

By the third quarter, Florida State was only trailing 24-21, but everyone knew that the Seminoles were going to come back at that point. Since their famous comeback against Auburn in last year's national championship, it seems like Florida State just does not lose once it's within that single-touchdown range.

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What would have been the upset that could keep Florida State out of the playoff became another footnote for the Seminoles, as Winston threw for two more touchdowns in the final frame, wrapping up a 42-31 win.

Ole Miss and Mississippi State Watch

We have reached the point where what happens to these two lesser-known Mississippi schools actually has huge implications for the rest of the college football landscape.

Mississippi State looked to be in trouble, trailing 10-0 after unheralded but competitive Arkansas showed that it could run the ball with the best of them. After scoring a touchdown a minute into the second quarter though, the Razorbacks wouldn't score again.

Still, their points held up until the fourth quarter, when Heisman contender Dak Prescott threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Fred Ross, finally giving Mississippi State room to breathe.

No. 4 Ole Miss wasn't as lucky.

By now, you've probably seen the replay in which Rebels wide receiver Laquon Treadwell reaches across the end zone only to get his footing cut out from under him. He broke his leg on the play and, quite reasonable, let go of the ball. 

But that fumble cost Ole Miss a potential win over No. 3 Auburn, losing 35-31 and setting the stage for a huge Iron Bowl for the Tigers at the end of the season against Alabama.

Georgia upset shakes up SEC East

Finally, Georgia's loss in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party shocked pundits and ruined the Bulldogs' chance for a playoff spot this year, a day after Las Vegas named them the odds-on-favorite to win it all.

Oddly enough, having Todd Gurley back for this game wouldn't have helped all that much.

It was a sieve-like defense that gave up 418 yards rushing to a Florida offense that had been pitiful before the game. Kelvin Taylor ran for 197 yards and Matt Jones for 192, with both adding two touchdowns apiece for good measure.

Left in their wreckage was No. 11 Georgia's playoff hopes, which would have been fulfilled if they had won the rest of their games, including a potential SEC championship game. 

Now the Bulldogs will be lucky to get out as the winners of the SEC Eastern Division.

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