After Week 7 of the season, what’s the Path to the College Football Playoff for the 20 teams still alive for the four spots?
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Who’s Out After Week 7?
Auburn, Miami, Penn State, Washington, Wisconsin
So who’s really still alive for the College Football Playoff?
A slew of heavy-hitters are done now, and knock out any Group of Five program with a loss.
As is, an unbeaten GOFer almost has no chance, and at the moment, there aren’t any unbeaten teams in Conference USA, the MAC, Mountain West or Sun Belt.
All the teams on this list are still in the mix, and here’s what has to happen.
Group of Five: American Athletic Conference
The Path to the College Football Playoff: This weekend couldn’t have worked out any better for the Bearcats. They need lots and lots and lots of top Power Five teams to lose, and that’s exactly what happened.
What Will Happen: It’s not going to happen even if they go 13-0, but the win over UCLA looks a bit better now for the Bearcats. They need UCF and USF to keep winning. If they can knock off both when they’re unbeaten, they can get close … and then take the New Year’s Six spot.
The Path to the College Football Playoff: There will be a whole lot of screaming and discussion if the Knights keep on winning and finish the year unbeaten again. It helped the cause that they destroyed Pitt 45-14, and Notre Dame had so many problems taking care of its dates with the Panthers. However …
What Will Happen: The schedule still isn’t good enough. Winning is nice, but there’s absolutely nothing on the slate to make the CFP a realistic dream. Yeah, beating Cincinnati and USF at the end of the season would be good, but … no.
The Path to the College Football Playoff: At the very least, the Bulls will have better Power Five wins than Cincinnati and USF, taking down Georgia Tech and Illinois. But it’s having way, way too tough a time with mediocre teams. Beat Houston on the road, beat Cincinnati in Cincy, and beat UCF, and they can make an interesting argument, but …
What Will Happen: The schedule still isn’t strong enough, and if the Bulls keep playing like it has over the last few weeks against the awful teams, there’s no way they’re getting through what’s coming without a blemish.