It’s hard to believe, but we’ve reached the final three weeks of the college football regular season.
At this point in the season, the College Football Playoff picture normally starts to crystalize. This year has been no different.
There are five remaining undefeated Power Five teams (No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 Washington) and six others with only one loss (No. 6 Oregon, No. 7 Texas, No. 8 Alabama, No. 9 Penn State, No. 10 Ole Miss and No. 11 Louisville).
It’s the final season of the four-team playoff era, and a two-loss team has never earned a spot in the field. The margin for error is extremely thin and one game can alter a team’s entire season.
Looking ahead, these are the games that will ultimately decide the CFP field.
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No. 3 Michigan at No. 10 Penn State: Penn State needs to win this game to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Nittany Lions already lost at Ohio State, but this would be one of the best wins of the season for any team and could bring forth the possibility of the three-team tie atop the Big Ten East if Michigan beats Ohio State in Ann Arbor in the final weekend of the regular season. It’s a bit premature to dive into the Big Ten’s tiebreaker scenarios, but PSU could play its way into the Big Ten title game. And if Penn State wins, it turns the Ohio State game into a must-win for the Wolverines.
No. 9 Ole Miss at No. 2 Georgia: A road win over Georgia would obviously hold a ton of weight but the best path to the CFP for Ole Miss would be to win out and hope Alabama slips up somewhere before the end of the regular season. The Rebels have a head-to-head loss to Alabama and Alabama’s only loss came in the non-conference, so the Crimson Tide would still have the inside track to the…
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Publish date : 2023-11-09 13:30:14
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