Here are the 18 teams left in College Football and their chances to make the playoff

Posted: October 22, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

OK, as many of us are still stewing over last weekend’s action it is time to turn the page and look forward to the prize at the end of the season.

Let’s take a look at the teams that still have a chance to make the inaugural college football playoff.

CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY

Ole Miss – Like their sister team in Mississippi the Rebels are one of three teams that could afford a loss and still make the Final 4.

Key games remaining – Auburn, Mississippi St., SEC Championship

Mississippi St. – See above but the major difference is their big games remaining are all road games.

Key games remaining – @ Alabama, @ Ole Miss, SEC Championship

Florida St. – Now unlike the two SEC schools above that could definitely lose again and survive I am not so sure if the same is true for the Criminoles.  This team plays no one minus a potential matchup in the ACC Championship game versus a one loss Duke team that could be looking for revenge.  If Winston continues to be Winston, and you know he will, I could see this team get beat against a team like Louisville or Miami and fall out of the top 4.  It might be the only time I root for Louisville.

Key games remaining – ACC Championship

WIN OUT AND YOU SHOULD BE IN

Georgia – This one loss Bulldogs team has been forgotten with all the great teams in the SEC West.  If Georgia runs the table and beats the champ from the West then they will make the Final 4.  I just don’t see happening though.

Key games remaining – Auburn, SEC Championship

Alabama – Role Tide could win out, not have to play in the SEC Championship game and still be in perfect position to make the playoff.

Key games remaining – Mississippi St., Auburn, SEC Championship

Auburn – See Alabama but the remaining schedule is much tougher and like the Tide any remaining loss will have them on the outside looking in.

Key games remaining – Ole Miss, Georgia, Alabama, SEC Championship

Notre Dame – The loss to FSU might sting but will not hurt the Irish come playoff time.  ND has one of the toughest schedules this year but will not have to worry about a potential conference championship game.  With all the games the teams above all play against each other if the Irish win out they will be in.

Key games remaining – @ Arizona St.

GOING TO NEED THINGS TO BREAK RIGHT

This next group will need to win out but going to need some things happen above them.

Michigan St. – Sparty has the best chance of this group.  They need to hope that only one SEC school gets in to increase their chances.

Key games remaining – Ohio St., BIG10 Championship

Ohio St. – This team is on a roll and if they are able to go beat Michigan St. on the road they will be right there in the discussion.

Key games remaining – @ Michigan St., @Minnesota, BIG10 Championship

Kansas St. – Don’t look now but Coach Snyder has his team in the hunt again and you know the committee would love to put the old guy in the Final 4.

Key games remaining – @ TCU, @ Baylor, Big12 Championship

Oregon – Why do I get the feeling that this team might get passed over since they have never been able to win a big game?

Key games remaining – PAC 12 Championship

WIN OUT AND HOPE FOR HELP

Baylor – Out of all the teams left on this list they might have the best shot of sneaking in but the Bears are going to have to show they can play defense before the committee takes them seriously.

Key games remaining – Kansas St., Big 12 Championship

Arizona St. – You know that the committee is going to love to put the PAC 12 champion in the Final 4 and the Sun Devils might just be the last team standing.  A win against Notre Dame could give this team the boost they need.

Key games remaining – Notre Dame, @ Arizona, PAC 12 Championship

Arizona – Just the fact they play in the second toughest conference in the country puts them in this group and not the one below.  I would love to see Rich Rod sneak in and give a big double bird to the crew up in Michigan.

Key games remaining – Arizona St., PAC 12 Championship

WIN OUT AND PRAY FOR ARMAGEDDON

Duke – The Blue Devils have to hope FSU just rolls through their remaining schedule and is able to do something no one else has done in two years.

Key games remaining – ACC Championship

TCUI don’t see it happening but horny toads are pretty cool.

Key games remaining – Kansas St., Big 12 Championship

Marshall – Everyone has always wanted the little guy to have a voice and this Marshall team is the only small school that has that shot this year.  An undefeated season and a Heisman candidate QB will help them come year end.

Key games remaining – None

Minnesota – I know, I know, but what if I told you the following happens.

  • Ole Miss and Miss St. lose twice
  • Georgia loses to Florida but wins the SEC
  • Ohio St. beats Michigan St. and the Gophers are able to beat the Suckeyes
  • The reaming teams lose a game

The Gophers are in the Final 4.

Key games remaining – Ohio St., BIG10 Championship

 

 

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