One loss teams that really do have a shot
This list is light right now, but it’ll grow in a hurry. There was a misfire along the way early, but if any of these teams win out and go 12-1 with a Power Five conference championship … in. Done. No questions asked, unless there are four unbeaten Power Five conference champs – that’s not going to happen.
Loss two will come: If it’s not at Ohio State on October 5th, it’ll be at Wisconsin on the 12th.
Loss two will come: In the College Football Playoff? It’s going to take something special to beat this team if it’s humming on all cylinders. If it does come, it’ll be at Washington on October 19th.
Loss two will come: The Big 12 is too spicy this year. Anyone can trip up the Longhorns, but the Oklahoma game is on October 12th. Next week against Oklahoma State will be dangerous.
Loss two will come: It might not. Oregon on October 19th is a problem, but the road games at Stanford, Arizona, Oregon State and Colorado aren’t bad. Utah has to come to Seattle on November 2nd.
– Finished. It’s over. The College Football Playoff dream is kaput
– The Group of Five hopefuls
– The one-loss teams that technically still have a shot
– The unbeaten College Football Playoff contenders