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College Football Playoff picks after Week 11

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Fleck crowd-surfs after upset of Penn State (0:17)

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck crowd-surfs in the locker room after his team's win over Penn State. (0:17)

Week 11 featured two high-profile matchups of unbeaten teams that were bound to have an impact on the SEC, Big Ten and the College Football Playoff rankings.

How did our football writers -- who are ranking the top four teams each week -- react to No. 2 LSU beating No. 3 Alabama, and No. 17 Minnesota upsetting No. 4 Penn State?

LSU's 46-41 victory over Alabama could force some changes in the playoff committee rankings.

But at least for this week, several of our writers continued to have Alabama in their top four. And Minnesota got its first votes from our writers after the huge 31-26 home victory.

How did the top teams do Saturday?

LSU built a 20-point halftime lead at Alabama, and then had to hold off the Tide's fourth-quarter comeback.

LSU's Joe Burrow passed for 393 yards and three touchdowns, and Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa had 418 yards, with four TDs and one interception.

No. 1 Ohio State rolled over Maryland 73-14, and No. 5 Clemson coasted to a 55-10 victory at NC State after taking a 42-0 halftime lead.

Here's how our writers see the playoff field after Week 11. (Note: These are not their projections for how the season will end.)

Andrea Adelson: 1. LSU; 2. Clemson; 3. Ohio State; 4. Alabama
Edward Aschoff: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. Alabama
Kyle Bonagura: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. Alabama
Bill Connelly: 1. Ohio State; 2. LSU; 3. Clemson; 4. Oklahoma
Heather Dinich: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. Alabama
David Hale: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. Minnesota
Sam Khan Jr.: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. Georgia
Chris Low: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. Alabama
Ivan Maisel: 1. Ohio State; 2. LSU; 3. Clemson; 4. Oregon
Ryan McGee: 1. LSU; 2. Clemson; 3. Ohio State; 4. Alabama
Adam Rittenberg: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. Minnesota
Alex Scarborough: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. Georgia
Mark Schlabach: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. Alabama
Tom VanHaaren: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. Oklahoma