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Tracking College Football Playoff contenders during the season’s final Saturday: Who’s in, out, and still alive?

Here’s your College Football Playoff eliminator timeline for the entire season.

Clemson v Auburn Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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

Week Elminated By
Week Elminated By
0 Coastal Carolina NCAA transition rules
0 Ole Miss Ole Miss
0.5 Rice Stanford
0.5 San Jose State USF
0.5 UMass Hawaii
1 Akron Penn State
1 Appalachian State Georgia
1 Arkansas State Nebraska
1 Ball State Illinois
1 Baylor Liberty
1 Bowling Green Michigan State
1 Buffalo Minnesota
1 Charlotte EMU
1 Colorado State Colorado
1 East Carolina JMU
1 FAU Navy
1 Georgia Southern Auburn
1 Georgia State Tennessee State
1 Kent State Clemson
1 Miami (OH) Marshall
1 MTSU Vanderbilt
1 Nevada Northwestern
1 New Mexico State Arizona State
1 NIU Boston College
1 South Alabama Ole Miss
1 Southern Miss Kentucky
1 Temple Notre Dame
1 Troy Boise State
1 Tulsa Oklahoma State
1 ULM Memphis
1 UNLV Howard
1 Utah State Wisconsin
1 UTEP Oklahoma
1 Wyoming Iowa
2 Boise State Washington State
2 Cincinnati Michigan
2 Fresno State Alabama
2 Hawaii UCLA
2 Idaho UNLV
2 Louisiana Tech Mississippi State
2 Marshall NC State
2 New Mexico New Mexico State
2 North Carolina Louisville
2 North Texas SMU
2 Ohio Purdue
2 Oregon State Minnesota
2 Rutgers EMU
2 Texas State Colorado
2 Tulane Navy
2 UAB Ball State
2 UL-Lafayette Tulsa
2 Western Kentucky Illinois
3 Air Force Michigan
3 Arizona State Texas Tech
3 Army Ohio State
3 Boston College Notre Dame
3 CMU Syracuse
3 Kansas Ohio
3 Missouri Purdue
3 Nebraska NIU
3 Old Dominion North Carolina
3 Pitt Oklahoma State
3 Stanford San Diego State
3 Texas USC
3 UConn Virginia
4 Arizona Utah
4 Arkansas Texas A&M
4 EMU Ohio
4 Florida State NC State
4 Houston Texas Tech
4 Purdue Michigan
4 Syracuse LSU
4 Toledo Miami
4 UCLA Stanford
5 Cal Oregon
5 Colorado UCLA
5 Illinois Nebraska
5 Indiana Penn State
5 Iowa Michigan State
5 Iowa State Texas
5 LSU Troy
5 Memphis UCF
5 Mississippi State Auburn
5 Northwestern Wisconsin
5 South Carolina Texas A&M
5 Tennessee Georgia
5 Vanderbilt Florida
6 Louisville NC State
6 Texas A&M Alabama
6 Wake Forest Clemson
6 West Virginia TCU
6 Maryland Ohio State
6 Oregon Washington State
6 Florida LSU
6 Duke Virginia
6 Minnesota Purdue
6 Kansas State Texas
6 UTSA Southern Miss
7 Auburn* LSU
7 Georgia Tech Miami
7 Utah USC
7 San Diego State Boise State
7 Texas Tech West Virginia
7 Navy Memphis
8 Michigan Penn State
8 USC Notre Dame
8 Virginia Boston College
8 Kentucky Mississippi State
9 NC State Notre Dame
9 Washington State Arizona
9 Michigan State Northwestern
9 USF Houston
10 Oklahoma State Oklahoma
10 Ohio State* Iowa
10 Penn State Michigan State
10 Virginia Tech Miami
11 Washington Stanford
11 Notre Dame Miami
11 TCU Oklahoma
11 UCF CFP committee
14 Auburn (again) Georgia
14 Wisconsin Ohio State
14 Miami Clemson


  • 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.