Path To The Playoff: 4 teams with the clearest paths to the College Football Playoff
All four of these teams aren’t likely to get in, but each of the four has a crystal-clear path.
4. Florida Gators (7-1)
CFP Week 1 Ranking: 6
Remaining Schedule: at Tennessee, LSU, (likely) SEC Championship vs. Alabama
Path To The Playoff: It’s a wee bit tricky. There can’t be a loss to Tennessee or LSU, and the Gators are in if they win out, including a victory over Alabama in the SEC Championship. However, if they blowout Tennessee and LSU and lose to Alabama in a classic, there’s an outside chance they could still slip in as the No. 4 seed.
3. Clemson Tigers (8-1)
CFP Week 1 Ranking: 3
Remaining Schedule: at Virginia Tech, (likely) ACC Championship vs. (most likely) Notre Dame
Path To The Playoff: Win two games and get in. The Tigers are out of the ACC Championship if they lose to Virginia Tech and Miami wins, and they’re almost certainly out if they beat the Hokies but lose a second time to Notre Dame.
2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-0)
CFP Week 1 Ranking: 2
Remaining Schedule: Syracuse, at Wake Forest, (likely) ACC Championship vs. (most likely) Clemson
Path To The Playoff: The Irish aren’t in the ACC Championship yet – they have to win one of the last two games to get in. They’re in the College Football Playoff if the win the ACC Championship going unbeaten or have one loss, and if they’re unbeaten going into the conference title game, they’re almost certainly in if the lose to – most likely – Clemson as long as they’re not blown out.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0)
CFP Week 1 Ranking: 1
Remaining Schedule: at LSU, SEC Championship vs. (most likely) Florida
Path To The Playoff: It’s simple – win one of the last two games. Even if Alabama loses to LSU, it’s in if it beats Florida for the SEC Championship. Even if it loses to Florida – and even if it’s roasted – it’ll still likely be a lock to get in.