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Usually, by the time October arrives we have a pretty good idea how the race for the College Football Playoff is taking shape. As we all know, of course, there is nothing usual about 2020. So it is that as the calendar turns, many of the projected contenders have taken the field just once or maybe twice, and some will not do so for several weeks.

We should know a bit more after this weekend, however, as the heat gets turned up in the SEC, the No. 1 team returns to action, and the Big 12 favorites try to stay alive. Here are the five games with the most potential impact on the playoff picture.

No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

This traditional rivalry usually takes place later in the year, but it is upon us quickly with both teams looking to stay in the top 10.

The Bulldogs’ offense took way too long to get in gear at Arkansas. Help might be on its way with QB JT Daniels now cleared for contact, but coach Kirby Smart stopped short of naming him the starter this week. Georgia would like to establish RB Zamir White first, but LB K.J. Britt and the Auburn front will have other ideas. Tigers QB Bo Nix delivered when needed in the opening win against Kentucky, with a lot of help from WR Seth Williams. But Nix’s completion rate continues to hover around the 60% mark, and S Richard LeCounte and the Bulldogs’ secondary want to make sure that number does