Road to Tampa: Who's in?


The 2016 college football season is now over hitting the stretch run and the number of teams fighting for the College Football Playoff is growing smaller each week.  Each week we will take a look at the Road to Tampa.

Right now it looks like there are 12 contenders still alive for the playoff.  With Houston falling already it looks like the four playoff teams will come from the Power Five conferences.

Who’s In

If the College Football Playoff started this week the playoff would likely look like this:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Washington

All four teams are in control of their destiny right now.  If they win out they will definitely be in the College Football Playoff.  Let’s take a look at what the contenders look like after week seven.

The Contenders

Atlantic Coast Conference

A two loss ACC team won’t make the College Football Playoff meaning the ACC now only has two remaining contenders.  Unless Clemson loses more than one ACC game they will be in Orlando for the ACC Championship.  Clemson will need to win the ACC Championship to make the playoff.  An undefeated Clemson team is a lock.  A one loss Clemson ACC champ can still make the playoff, but they will need some help.  Louisville needs to run the table and get some help to make the playoff.

Clemson (7-0) – Oct. 29 (at FSU), Nov. 5 (vs. Syracuse), Nov. 12 (vs. Pitt), Nov. 19 (at Wake Forest), Nov. 26 (vs. South Carolina)

Louisville (5-1) – Oct. 22 (vs. NC State), Oct. 29 (at Virginia), Nov. 5 (at Boston College), Nov. 12 (vs. Wake Forest), Nov. 17 (at Houston), Nov. 26 (vs. Kentucky)



The SEC has two undefeated teams remaining and Florida only has one loss.  Those three are the contenders.  Everyone else in the SEC has at least two losses.  A two loss SEC team will not make the College Football Playoff unless things get crazy.

Alabama (7-0) – Oct. 22 (vs. Texas A&M), Nov. 5 (at LSU), Nov. 12 (vs. Miss State), Nov. 19 (vs. Chat), Nov. 26 (vs. Auburn)

Texas A&M (6-0) – Oct. 22 (at Bama), Oct. 29 (vs. NMSU), Nov. 5 (at Miss State), Nov. 12 (vs. Ole Miss), Nov. 19 (vs. UTSA), Nov. 24 (vs. LSU)

Florida (5-1) – Oct. 29 (vs. Georgia), Nov. 5 (at Ark), Nov. 12 (vs. South Carolina), Nov. 19 (at LSU), Nov. 26 (at FSU)


Big 12

The Big 12 has two remaining undefeated teams, Baylor and West Virginia.  They are the contenders.  All of the other teams have at least two losses and a two loss Big 12 team won’t make the playoff.  Baylor and West Virginia play on December 3.  The winner of that game will need to finish the season undefeated to likely have a shot at the College Football Playoff.

Baylor (6-0) – Oct. 29 (at Texas), Nov. 5 (vs. TCU), Nov. 12 (at Oklahoma), Nov. 19 (vs. Kansas), Nov. 25 (vs. Texas Tech), Dec. 3 (at West Virginia)

West Virginia (5-0) – Oct. 22 (vs. TCU), Oct. 29 (at Okl. St.), Nov. 5 (vs. Kansas), Nov. 12 (at Texas), Nov. 19 (vs. Oklahoma), Nov. 26 (at Iowa State), Dec. 3 (vs. Baylor)


Big Ten

There are three undefeated Big Ten teams and all other teams have at least two losses.  Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska are the contenders.  Ohio State plays Nebraska and Michigan down the stretch.

Ohio State (6-0) – Oct. 22 (at Penn State), Oct. 29 (vs. Northwestern), Nov. 5 (vs. Nebraska), Nov. 12 (at Maryland), Nov. 19 (at Michigan State), Nov. 26 (vs. Michigan)

Michigan (6-0) – Oct. 22 (vs. Illinois), Oct. 29 (at Michigan St.), Nov. 5 (vs. Maryland), Nov. 12 (at Iowa), Nov. 19 (vs. Indiana), Nov. 26 (at Ohio State)

Nebraska (6-0) – Oct. 22 (vs. Purdue), Oct. 29 (at Wisconsin), Nov. 5 (at Ohio State), Nov. 12 (vs. Minnesota), Nov. 19 (vs. Maryland), Nov. 25 (at Iowa)


PAC 12

Washington is the only undefeated team and Utah is the only one loss team.  They are the only contenders from the PAC 12.  Washington plays at Utah on October 29 and the two teams could meet again in the PAC 12 championship game on Dec. 3.  The PAC 12 will need to have an undefeated champion to have a good shot at making the College Football Playoff.

Washington (6-0) – Oct. 22 (vs. Oregon St.), Oct. 29 (at Utah), Nov. 5 (at Cal.), Nov. 12 (vs. USC), Nov. 19 (vs. Arizona State), Nov. 25 (at Washington St.)

Utah (6-0) – Oct. 22 (at UCLA), Oct. 29 (vs. Washington), Nov. 10 (at Arizona State), Nov. 19 (vs. Oregon), Nov. 26 (at Colorado)




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