Teams that are in the College Football Playoff no matter what if any of them win out
Don’t lose the rest of the way, get into the College Football Playoff no questions asked and with absolutely no debate.
6. Michigan State Spartans (7-0)
Michigan State is in the College Football Playoff if … it wins out, or – like Michigan – it loses once along the way as long as it’s not to Ohio State, and then gets some help.
It’s all going to go wrong against … Ohio State on November 20th. The Spartans actually have a favorable slate with Michigan and Penn State coming to East Lansing. However, they have yet to face a team with a winning record. There’s still a prove-it factor with the Spartans.
Will Michigan State get into the College Football Playoff? No, but it’ll win at least one of its big three games against Michigan, Penn State, and Ohio State and end up in a snazzy bowl.
Ranking the teams alive for the College Football Playoff
UTSA | San Diego State | Coastal Carolina
SMU | Texas A&M | Auburn | Ole Miss
Notre Dame | Kentucky | Cincinnati
Baylor | Pitt | NC State | Wake Forest
Ohio State | Oregon | Penn State | Iowa
Michigan State | Oklahoma St | Michigan
Alabama | Oklahoma | Georgia
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