The College Football Playoff committee will meet during and after Saturday’s conference title games, then announce its final rankings on Sunday around 12:30 a.m. ET. In the meantime, let’s keep track of each contender.
The following teams are still in it. Here’s what each did on the final Saturday:
- No. 1 Clemson is in after beating Miami, 38-3
- No. 3 Oklahoma is in after beating TCU, 41-17
- No. 5 Alabama’s in, thanks to Ohio State losing two blowouts
- No. 6 Georgia is in after beating Auburn, 28-7
- No. 8 Ohio State beat Wisconsin 27-21, but lost two blowouts
And here’s about how far each FBS team made it into the season with a chance (explanation below):
FBS teams basically eliminated from the 2017 College Football Playoff
|0||Coastal Carolina||NCAA transition rules|
|0||Ole Miss||Ole Miss|
|0.5||San Jose State||USF|
|1||Bowling Green||Michigan State|
|1||Georgia State||Tennessee State|
|1||New Mexico State||Arizona State|
|1||South Alabama||Ole Miss|
|2||Boise State||Washington State|
|2||Louisiana Tech||Mississippi State|
|2||New Mexico||New Mexico State|
|3||Arizona State||Texas Tech|
|3||Boston College||Notre Dame|
|3||Old Dominion||North Carolina|
|3||Stanford||San Diego State|
|4||Florida State||NC State|
|5||South Carolina||Texas A&M|
|7||San Diego State||Boise State|
|7||Texas Tech||West Virginia|
|9||NC State||Notre Dame|
|10||Penn State||Michigan State|
- No Power 5 team is technically out of the running until it suffers its second loss (unless that first loss was something really drastic, like to an FCS team). As 2016 Penn State showed, certain two-loss Power 5s that suffer blowouts are still alive, but for now, we’ll likely knock out all two-loss teams.
- One loss eliminates any mid-major. Non-powers have zero margin for error, and many lack the schedule strength to make it even if they do go undefeated.
- Ole Miss was the first Power 5 team eliminated, thanks to self-sanctions meant to appease the NCAA.
- Baylor was the first Power 5 team to be eliminated by a loss on the field.
- Ole Miss was the first team to eliminate two teams: Ole Miss and South Alabama.
- Michigan was the first team to eliminate three teams: Air Force, Cincinnati, and Purdue.
- Texas A&M was the first team to eliminate two Power 5 teams: Arkansas and South Carolina.
- LSU was the first team to eliminate four teams: Auburn, BYU, Florida, and Syracuse.
- Auburn was ruled back to life after Week 10’s Playoff rankings, and Ohio State followed after walloping Michigan State as the Pac-12 and Notre Dame cleared room. Strange times.