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Make it a dozen for the seemingly Boston Celtics. Despite losing Kyrie Irving to a facial fracture suffered Friday, Boston managed to eke out close win Sunday over the Toronto Raptors to run their win streak to 12 games. Limited Cory Littleton Youth Black Nike Jersey - #58 NFL Los Angeles Rams 2016 Salute to Service Was it enough to unseat the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets -- each winners of six straight games -- for one Jack Roslovic Womens Jersey of the top two spots in our rankings? At the other end of the spectrum, the falling LA Clippers have lost five straight and, after a string of injuries, aren't looking like the team that raced out to a 4-0 start in October. Every Monday throughout the regular season, our panel -- ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz, Amin Elhassan and Ramona Shelburne, The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears and FiveThirtyEight's Chris Herring -- will rank the league's 30 teams from top to bottom, with research notes on each team provided by ESPN Stats & Information. The last time we gathered here a mere two weeks ago, 17 teams remained in contention for the College Football Playoff. And well, that was before the emergence of the Turnover Chain as a societal touchstone, before Bedlam produced 114 points, before Alabama nearly lost to another college football team and before Ohio State was blown out by Iowa, which one week later gained 66 yards. (Yes, in four quarters.) Also, the College Football Playoff selection committee released two sets of rankings, inserting a dose of Jack Roslovic Womens Jersey reality into this season. The Eliminator operates under the expectation that a lot will happen every week -- but not that everything will happen every week. Yes, we know that The Citadel, technically, could beat Clemson. Same with Louisiana-Monroe over Auburn. But no need exists to parse every playoff scenario. That considered, we believe this much to be true with three more playoff rankings due out ahead of the Dec. 3 unveiling of the semifinal pairings: • The Pac-12 is essentially done, including USC, which stands little chance to atone for a 35-point loss to Notre Dame in Week 8. The Irish, by the way, on Saturday night at Miami did not help the Trojans' bid to rise from the ranks of the eliminated. • The Group of 5 isn't getting into the playoff this year. Or likely any year, unless one of its teams conquers a stacked out-of-conference schedule en route to a perfect record. • Only Alabama stands a chance to make the playoff as a team that fails to qualify for its own conference title game, a la Ohio State in 2016. Jack Roslovic Womens Jersey ESPN's Football Power Index gives the Buckeyes a 99.7 percent chance to win the Big Ten East, so say goodbye to Penn State -- and Michigan, which was discarded by the Eliminator after a Week 8 loss in Happy Valley. Nick Saban's team is dealing with injuries, and Mississippi State tested the Tide like no other foe has this year, as Alabama failed to force a turnover for the first time in 37 games. Suddenly, Alabama looks vulnerable, heading toward an Iron Bowl visit to Auburn in two weeks. Isn't this right where the coach wants his team? The top two-loss contender, the Tigers may just control their own fate, which would rate as new territory in the playoff era. With Alabama looming, Auburn can earn a rematch with Georgia in the SEC title game with a win over the Tide. As Kerryon Johnson comes on strong, the Tigers look set to jump at least three spots this week in the rankings.