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Familiar names rising to the top as season hits homestretch

The Pac-12 is finished.

The Big 12 is still hanging on by a thread.

With only three weeks left in the regular season, we have a pretty good idea about the two teams that are in the driver’s seat to make the College Football Playoff: No. 1 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State.

As upstart front-runners continue to fade as the pressure builds, No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 12 Oklahoma — three blue bloods many of you wanted to leave for dead weeks ago — suddenly look like the top candidates to join the Tigers and Buckeyes.

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