Path To The College Football Playoff: Who's Still Alive After Week 12? What's Going To Happen?

Path To The College Football Playoff: Who's Still Alive After Week 12? What's Going To Happen?

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Path To The College Football Playoff: Who's Still Alive After Week 12? What's Going To Happen?


After Week 12 of the season, what’s the Path to the College Football Playoff for the ten teams still alive for the four spots?


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Week 12 Scoreboard & Predictions

Who’s Out After Week 12? 
West Virginia, after losing to Oklahoma State 

Group of Five: American Athletic Conference

UCF (10-0)

The Path to the College Football Playoff: The Knights did their part on national TV, whacking around Cincinnati with an impressive performance on both sides of the ball. The program hasn’t lost a game since the 2016 season, and now it’s a win over USF away from going to the American Athletic Conference championship with a chance at a second straight perfect regular season.

What Will Happen: The Knights are going to roll through USF, and then they’ll have to deal with a fired up West team to take the American Athletic. But even with some movement up top, the Knights will hit a hard ceiling to finish just outside of the top four. They’ll get close, but not quite.

ACC & Notre Dame

Clemson (11-0)

The Path to the College Football Playoff: The Tigers did their part to keep this all going with a workmanlike win over Duke. Beat South Carolina and take down Pitt in the ACC title game, and they’re no worse than the No. 2 seed. Even if they lose one of the last two, as long as they don’t get rolled, they’re still very, very close to getting in as the No. 4 seed.

What Will Happen: The Pitt running game will be annoying, and South Carolina will bring the A game, but it won’t be enough. Clemson finishes 13-0 and goes off to the Orange Bowl as the two-seed.

Notre Dame (11-0)

The Path to the College Football Playoff: And now it’s easy. There’s obviously no conference title game to play for, so beat USC, get into the College Football Playoff. The issue now is the Trojan collapse. Now, a loss means 11-1 likely knocks the Irish out.

What Will Happen: In. The Syracuse game ended as soon as Eric Dungey was knocked out, and now it’s a one game season. USC is reeling too much, and Notre Dame is playing too well, to blow it. It’ll get in as the No. 3 seed going against Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

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