College Football Playoff Chase: Who's Still Alive After Week 5

Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports

College Football Playoff Chase: Who's Still Alive After Week 5

Bowls College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff Chase: Who's Still Alive After Week 5

By

One loss teams that have a shot … technically

Run the table and finish the season with one loss and a conference championship, and that should get the job done. Lose again, and unless there’s a miracle, it’s all over. These teams will almost certainly lose again.

Arkansas (1-1)

When it’ll all be over: Next week at Auburn … but it was supposed to be over at Mississippi State last week.

Baylor (1-1)

When it’ll all be over: Oklahoma State this week or at Texas right after.

Boston College (2-1)

When it’ll all be over: against Pitt this week or at Virginia Tech to follow.

Iowa State (2-1)

When it’ll all be over: Not sure after whacking Oklahoma, but likely at Oklahoma State on October 24th.

Kansas State (2-1)

When it’ll all be over: If it’s not at TCU this week, at West Virginia on Halloween.

NC State (2-1)

When it’ll all be over: If it’s not at Virginia this week, it’ll likely be at North Carolina on the 24th.

Ole Miss (1-1)

When it’ll all be over: This week against Alabama.

Pitt (3-1)

When it’ll all be over: Likely at Miami at October 17th or against Notre Dame the week after.

Texas (2-1)

When it’ll all be over: It seems crazy to think Texas is done after just one loss, but it hasn’t looked even close to being good enough to beat Oklahoma next week, and win at Oklahoma State, and run the table against everyone else.

Texas A&M (1-1)

When it’ll all be over: Florida this week, or at Mississippi State the week after, or against LSU, or at Auburn …

TCU (1-1)

When it’ll all be over: If not against Kansas State this week, Oklahoma on October 24th … but it was supposed to be over last weekend at Texas.

Virginia (1-1)

When it’ll all be over: Take your pick, but likely at Miami on October 24th if the Cavaliers get by NC State this week.

West Virginia (2-1)

When it’ll all be over: It might not be for a bit with Kansas and at Texas Tech up next. Kansas State and at Texas follow that.


One loss teams that really do have a shot

If any of these teams win out and take a Power Five championship, it’ll be almost a near-certain lock to get in.

Auburn (1-1)

When it’ll all be over: It might be a while, especially if the Tigers beat LSU on Halloween. Get by that, and at Alabama on November 28th might be the best shot at another loss.

LSU (1-1)

When it’ll all be over: If it’s not at Florida on October 17th, then at Auburn on Halloween, and then against Alabama, or at Texas A&M on November 28th.

Teams that haven’t played yet, but …
Finished. Done. Let’s go take a steam
The Group of Five hopefuls
The unbeaten College Football Playoff contenders

NEXT: The unbeaten College Football Playoff contenders …

More Bowl Projections