The College Football Playoff Eliminator: Week 12

Week 1 of the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings told us that the Big Ten and SEC are looked at as the two most elite conferences. It also told us that the Pac-12 and Clemson are not out of the mix by any means. The Big 12, however, could be in huge trouble down the stretch.

Teams are listed in order of if they were to win their remaining games, who has the best chance at reaching the CFP. Here is where we stand on a national level this season:

1. LSU (SEC, 9-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ Ole Miss

After taking down Alabama in a game where the score did not reflect how dominant the Tigers were, QB Joe Burrow and company are looking to take on the number one spot all the way to the playoff. LSU has a favorable schedule with no ranked opponents left. They will most likely see Georgia in the SEC Championship, which may as well be a quarterfinal for the CFP.

2. Ohio State (Big Ten, 9-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ Rutgers

After throttling Maryland, QB Justin Fields and RB J.K. Dobbins have the offense rolling down the stretch. DE Chase Young’s suspension could hurt them in games against Penn State and Michigan to end the season, but their defensive depth showed on Saturday.

3. Minnesota (Big Ten, 9-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ Iowa

Minnesota was initially ranked 17th in the first CFP rankings. After beating previous #4 Penn State behind the accuracy of QB Tanner Morgan (18/20 for 339 yards and 3 TD), it will be interesting to see just how high they can climb. With Iowa and Wisconsin still on schedule, the race for the Big Ten West will begin to heat up.

4. Clemson (ACC, 10-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs Wake Forest

Clemson finally gets their toughest test of the year as they host Wake Forest. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Wake Forest just lost big to Virginia Tech (36-14). Clemson certainly cannot afford a blemish on their resume, and that includes in the ACC Championship, because there are about ten teams waiting behind them for their shot at the playoff.

5. Baylor (Big XII, 9-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs Oklahoma

Baylor continues to narrowly escape their opponents as it needed overtime to take down TCU. With Oklahoma on schedule this weekend, the Bears can finally make a meaningful statement and possibly jump Pac-12 hopefuls Oregon and Utah.

6. Georgia (SEC, 8-1):

Loss: vs South Carolina (20-17)
Next up: @ Auburn

Georgia can eliminate Auburn outright this weekend and then can take a breather heading into the SEC Championship, which will most likely be against LSU. If Georgia runs the table, they’d be a sure-fire bet to be the most impressive one-loss team – and that includes ahead of Oregon and Utah.

7. Oklahoma (Big XII, 8-1):

Loss: Kansas State (48-41)
Next up: @ Baylor

Oklahoma narrowly escaped Iowa State, but they can make a huge mark on their CFP chances by taking down an undefeated Baylor squad on the road this Saturday night. QB Jalen Hurts has been efficient, but the defensive issues have arose as they’ve given up 41 points in each of the past two games.

8. Oregon (Pac-12, 8-1):

Loss: @ Auburn (27-21)
Next up: vs Arizona

Oregon shouldn’t lose these last three games against Arizona, Arizona State, and Oregon State. They should continue to root for Utah’s success and also for the Big 12 champ to have multiple losses. The Ducks will need some help, but the CFP committee made it clear that the top two teams in the Pac-12 are worthy of a semifinal spot.

9. Utah (Pac-12, 8-1):

Loss: @ USC (30-23)
Next up: vs UCLA

Like Oregon, Utah should win out against UCLA, Arizona, and Colorado. The Pac-12 has been up and down all season, but if the Utes’ offense can continue to pull away from teams then they should have a high-ranking conference championship match against Oregon.

10. Penn State (Big Ten, 8-1):

Loss: @ Minnesota (31-26)
Next up: vs Indiana

Penn State gets a surging Indiana team at home on Saturday following their loss at undefeated Minnesota. If the Nittany Lions beat Ohio State in two weeks, they can get a rematch date with Minnesota in the conference championship. Unlike Alabama, their conference title hopes still remain intact.

11. Alabama (SEC, 8-1):

Loss: vs LSU (46-41)
Next up: @ Mississippi State

Alabama is officially on the outside looking in on the CFP. With their loss to LSU and Ohio State, Clemson, Minnesota, and Baylor all still remaining undefeated, their hopes at the ultimate postseason slim down a bit.

12. Wisconsin (Big Ten, 7-2):

Loss: @ Illinois (24-23) and @ Ohio State (38-7)
Next up: @ Nebraska

By taking down Iowa, the Badgers have put themselves in serious contention for the Big Ten West title. They’d need Minnesota to lose to Iowa or Northwestern ahead of their season finale matchup. If Wisconsin can reach the title game, they’d have to look impressive by avenging their loss to Ohio State or beating Penn State.

13. Cincinnati (The American, 8-1):

Loss: @ Ohio State (42-0)
Next up: @ South Florida

Cincinnati has looked impressive all year and has found ways to win football games. They have a ranked Memphis team to close the season. If they win that, they’ll face SMU or Navy in the conference championship; both teams are currently ranked with only one loss a piece.

14. Memphis (The American, 8-1):

Loss: @ Temple (30-28)
Next up: @ Houston

By winning out and beating Cincinnati at the end of the season, the Tigers would most likely face the Bearcats again in the American Championship. This Memphis team has let up a lot of points on the defensive end, but a couple more wins and they’ll be playing in a New Year’s Six (NY6) bowl.

15. Navy (The American, 7-1):

Loss: @ Memphis (35-23)
Next up: @ Notre Dame

Navy has a unique schedule to end the season: ranked teams Notre Dame and SMU are followed by Houston and Army. If the Midshipmen win out, they’d need Memphis to lose (most likely to Cincinnati) to reach the conference championship game against the Bearcats.

16. SMU (The American, 9-1):

Loss: @ Memphis (54-48)
Next up: BYE

Like Navy, SMU’s conference championship hopes ride on Memphis losing to Cincinnati at year’s end. If that happens and they can get through a strong Navy team, then the Mustangs would officially be back in business in NY6 bowl play chances.

17. Florida (SEC, 8-2):

Loss: @ LSU (42-28) and vs Georgia (24-17)
Next up: @ Missouri

Florida’s conference championship hopes are all but diminished as they’d need Georgia to lose to Auburn and Texas A&M. However, the Gators could still play in a NY6 bowl game barring any major chaos ahead of them.

18. Auburn (SEC, 7-2):

Losses: @ Florida (24-13) and @ LSU (23-20)
Next up: vs Georgia

Auburn most likely won’t be playing for the SEC Championship, but they can certainly play the ‘spoiler role’ with Georgia and Alabama still on slate. A NY6 bowl bid is not out of the question, and their resume keeps them highly ranked if things go wrong ahead of them.

19. Michigan (Big Ten, 7-2):

Loss: @ Wisconsin (35-14) and @ Penn State (28-21)
Next up: vs Michigan State

Michigan State, Indiana, and Ohio State are on schedule to close the season. Michigan would need Penn State to falter twice and for Ohio State to find a loss outside of their season-ending rivalry game. However, this scenario happening to both the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes would be a tall order as they play each other. Consider this: Michigan would need Rutgers (0-6 in Big Ten play) to beat one of these two teams. Michigan’s NY6 chances are still alive, but they would need chaos ahead of them.

20. Indiana (Big Ten, 7-2):

Losses: vs Ohio State (51-10) and @ Michigan State (40-31)
Next up: @ Penn State

Indiana has a shot at finishing second in the Big Ten East as Penn State and Michigan are still on schedule. The Hoosiers have looked good since their mid-season loss to Michigan State. As they continue to climb in the rankings, they can start to eye a NY6 bid.

Eliminated:

Iowa (Big Ten, 6-3): Eliminated with week 11 loss to Wisconsin, 24-22.
Kansas State (Big XII, 7-3): Eliminated with week 11 loss to Texas, 27-24.
Wake Forest (ACC, 7-2): Eliminated with week 10 loss to Virginia Tech, 36-17.

Iowa and Kansas State found their third loss each as Wake Forest finds themselves in the elimination column due to their mathematical elimination from conference championship contention as a two-loss team.

Here is a complete list of teams that have been eliminated this season:

Eliminated in Week 0/1 (21 teams):

Akron: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Illinois, 42-3.
Arkansas State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to SMU, 37-30.
Ball State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Indiana, 34-24.
Coastal Carolina: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Eastern Michigan, 30-23.
Colorado State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Colorado, 52-13.
Florida Atlantic: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Ohio State, 45-21.
Florida International: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Tulane, 42-14.
Fresno State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to USC, 31-23.
Georgia Southern: Eliminated with week 1 loss to LSU, 55-3.
LA-Lafayette: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Mississippi State, 38-28.
Liberty: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Syracuse, 24-0.
Louisiana Tech: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Texas, 45-14.
Miami (OH): Eliminated with week 1 loss to Iowa, 38-14.
Middle Tennessee: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Michigan, 40-12.
New Mexico State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Washington State, 58-7.
Rice: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Army, 14-7.
South Alabama: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Nebraska, 35-21.
Texas State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Texas A&M, 41-7.
Toledo: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Kentucky, 38-24.
UMass: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Rutgers, 48-21.
Western Kentucky: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Central Arkansas, 35-28.

Eliminated in Week 2 (21 teams):

Army: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Michigan, 24-21 (OT).
Bowling Green: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Kansas State, 52-0.
Buffalo: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Penn State, 45-13.
Central Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Wisconsin, 61-0.
Charlotte: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Appalachian State, 56-41.
Eastern Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Kentucky, 38-17.
LA-Monroe: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Florida State, 45-44 (OT).
Marshall: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Boise State, 14-7.
Nevada: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Oregon, 77-6.
North Texas: Eliminated with week 2 loss to SMU, 49-27.
Northern Illinois: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Utah, 35-17.
Ohio: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Pittsburgh, 20-10.
Old Dominion: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Virginia Tech, 31-17.
San Jose State: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Tulsa, 34-16.
South Florida: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Georgia Tech, 14-10.
Southern Mississippi: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Mississippi State, 38-15.
Tennessee: Eliminated with week 2 loss to BYU, 29-26.
UNLV: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Arkansas State, 43-17.
UTEP: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Texas Tech, 38-3.
UTSA: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Baylor, 63-14.
Western Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Michigan State, 51-17.

Eliminated in Week 3 (10 teams):

East Carolina: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Navy, 42-10.
Georgia State: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Western Michigan, 57-10.
Georgia Tech: Eliminated with week 3 loss to The Citadel, 27-24 (OT).
Hawai’i: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Washington, 52-20.
Houston: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Washington State, 31-24.
Kent State: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Auburn, 55-16.
New Mexico: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Notre Dame, 66-14.
Troy: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Southern Miss, 47-42.
Tulsa: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Oklahoma State, 40-21.
UCLA: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Oklahoma, 48-14.

Eliminated in Week 4 (11 teams):

Air Force: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Boise State, 30-19.
BYU: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Washington, 45-19.
Illinois: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Nebraska, 42-38.
Kansas: Eliminated with week 4 loss to West Virginia, 29-24.
San Diego State: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Utah State, 23-17.
South Carolina: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Missouri, 34-14.
Stanford: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Oregon, 21-6.
UConn: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Indiana, 38-3.
UNC: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Appalachian State, 34-31.
Vanderbilt: Eliminated with week 4 loss to LSU, 66-38.
Wyoming: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Tulsa, 24-21.

Eliminated in Week 5 (8 teams):

Arkansas: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Texas A&M, 31-27.
Kentucky: Eliminated with week 5 loss to South Carolina, 24-7.
Northwestern: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Wisconsin, 24-15.
Ole Miss: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Alabama, 59-31.
Oregon State: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Stanford, 31-28.
Purdue: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Minnesota, 38-31.
Rutgers: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Michigan, 52-0.
UAB: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Western Kentucky, 20-13.

Eliminated in Week 6 (5 teams):

Boston College: Eliminated with week 6 loss to Louisville, 41-39.
Miami (FL): Eliminated with week 6 loss to Virginia Tech, 42-35.
Syracuse: Eliminated with week 6 loss to NC State, 16-10.
UCF: Eliminated with week 6 loss to Cincinnati, 27-24.
Utah State: Eliminated with week 6 loss to LSU, 42-6.

Eliminated in Week 7 (11 teams):

Colorado: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Oregon, 45-3.
Florida State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Clemson, 45-14.
Maryland: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Purdue, 40-14.
Michigan State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Wisconsin, 38-0.
Mississippi State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Tennessee, 20-10.
Nebraska: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Minnesota, 34-7.
Texas A&M: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Alabama, 47-28.
Texas Tech: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Baylor, 33-30.
USC: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Notre Dame, 30-27.
Washington State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Arizona State, 38-34.
West Virginia: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Iowa State, 38-14.

Eliminated in Week 8 (11 teams):

Arizona: Eliminated with week 8 loss to USC, 41-14.
#22 Boise State: Eliminated with week 8 loss to BYU, 28-25.
California: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Oregon State, 21-17.
Duke: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Virginia, 48-14.
NC State: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Boston College, 45-24.
Louisville: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Clemson, 45-10.
Oklahoma State: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Baylor, 45-27.
TCU: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Kansas State, 24-17.
Temple: Eliminated with week 8 loss to SMU, 45-21.
Tulane: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Memphis, 47-17.
Washington: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Oregon, 35-31.

Eliminated in Week 9 (7 teams):

Arizona State: Eliminated with week 9 loss to UCLA, 42-32.
Iowa State: Eliminated with week 9 loss to Oklahoma State, 34-27.
Missouri: Eliminated with week 9 loss to Kentucky, 29-7.
#16 Notre Dame: Eliminated with week 9 loss to Michigan, 45-14.
Pittsburgh: Eliminated with week 9 loss to Miami (FL), 16-12.
Texas: Eliminated with week 9 loss to TCU, 37-27.
Virginia: Eliminated with week 9 loss to Louisville, 28-21.

Eliminated in Week 10 (2 teams):

Virginia Tech: Eliminated with week 10 loss to Notre Dame, 21-20.
Appalachian State: Eliminated with week 10 loss to Georgia Southern, 24-21.

Eliminated in Week 11 (3 teams):

Iowa: Eliminated with week 11 loss to Wisconsin, 24-22.
Kansas State: Eliminated with week 11 loss to Texas, 27-24.
Wake Forest: Eliminated with week 10 loss to Virginia Tech, 36-17 and inability to control conference destiny.

The College Football Playoff Eliminator: Week 11

As the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings are released this week, we look at where every eligible playoff team stands as the season turns towards conference leaders and crucial late-season games.

Teams are listed in order of if they were to win their remaining games, who has the best chance at reaching the CFP. Here is where we stand on a national level this season:

1. #1 LSU (SEC, 8-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ #2 Alabama

Alabama and LSU head into a SEC West Championship game in Tuscaloosa this Saturday, with Heisman candidate QBs Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa looking to face off in a game for the ages. The question surrounding this game will be if the loser is worthy of a top-4 spot by season’s end.

2. #2 Alabama (SEC, 8-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs #1 LSU

Alabama is looking for QB Tua Tagovailoa to be healthy to start against the Tigers on Saturday to decide the West. Either team would be in the driver’s seat of the CFP race with a win, but the loser would not be completely eliminated either.

3. #3 Ohio State (Big Ten, 8-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs Maryland

The Buckeyes get the lowliest teams in the East in Maryland and Rutgers before facing off against two of the best with Penn State and Michigan. With firepower on both sides of the ball, the weaknesses have yet to show this season.

4. #5 Penn State (Big Ten, 8-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ #13 Minnesota

Penn State could make a huge statement with a win against undefeated Minnesota, a team they could face again in the Big Ten Championship. With Ohio State coming to town later in the month, the question surrounding the Big Ten has been if the conference could send two teams to the CFP this year.

5. #13 Minnesota (Big Ten, 8-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs #5 Penn State

Minnesota will surely jump in the rankings if they can take down their first true test against Penn State on Saturday. Iowa and Wisconsin are also games that could decide the fate of a West Division that is much stronger overall this season than last.

6. #4 Clemson (ACC, 9-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ NC State

Clemson should cruise this weekend against the Wolfpack before taking on Wake Forest in an ACC Atlantic title game. However, one loss would surely derail any hopes of defending a title due to the strength of not only the SEC, but also the Big Ten.

7. #11 Baylor (Big XII, 8-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ TCU

Baylor gets another true conference test against TCU before taking on Oklahoma and Texas in back-to-back weekends. An undefeated Big 12 champ will definitely find their way into the playoff regardless of the outcomes for Alabama vs LSU and Penn State vs Ohio State.

8. #6 Georgia (SEC, 7-1):

Loss: vs South Carolina (20-17)
Next up: vs Missouri

Georgia just regained control of their playoff destiny. If they win out and beat Alabama or LSU in a SEC Championship, they’ll see themselves reach the CFP. They still have to take on Auburn and Texas A&M down the stretch.

9. #9 Oklahoma (Big XII, 7-1):

Loss: @ #20 Kansas State (48-41)
Next up: vs Iowa State

Oklahoma will have to keep rooting for a rematch with Kansas State and for the Big Ten and SEC to only produce one worthy playoff team. A one-loss Big 12 champ will likely make the CFP, but some help would be appreciated by the Sooners.

10. #7 Oregon (Pac-12, 8-1):

Loss: @ #12 Auburn (27-21)
Next up: BYE

Oregon and the rest of the Pac-12 are looking at Utah and making sure they continue to win. With Oregon’s victory over USC, the Utes take back control of the South. Oregon should have no problems with Arizona, Arizona State, and Oregon State to close the season.

11. #8 Utah (Pac-12, 8-1):

Loss: @ USC (30-23)
Next up: BYE

Utah regained control of the South thanks to Oregon’s win over USC. With UCLA, Arizona, and Colorado on schedule, a Pac-12 Championship matchup with Oregon looks inevitable and can even send one of them to a semifinal slot.

12. #22 Wake Forest (ACC, 7-1):

Loss: vs Louisville (62-59)
Next up: @ Virginia Tech

With #4 Clemson being the only remaining ranked opposition on schedule, both of these Atlantic teams should be rooting for Virginia or Pitt to continue to win games in the Coastal. Due to their loss to Louisville in a game where they lost their starting QB, the Demon Deacons will need a lot of help even if they find themselves as one-loss ACC champs.

13. #16 Wisconsin (Big Ten, 6-2):

Loss: @ Illinois (24-23) and @ #3 Ohio State (38-7)
Next up: vs #18 Iowa

Wisconsin and Iowa face off in an elimination game for both teams. With undefeated Minnesota still having to play Penn State and Iowa, Wisconsin could find themselves in contention for a West Division bid to the Big Ten title game.

14. #18 Iowa (Big Ten, 6-2):

Losses: @ #14 Michigan (10-3) and vs #5 Penn State (17-12)
Next up: @ #16 Wisconsin

Iowa can still win the West, but they’ll need help from Penn State or Wisconsin against Minnesota. After this past weekend of games, Iowa has a better shot at advancing to a semifinal than other two-loss teams.

15. #17 Cincinnati (The American, 7-1):

Loss: @ #3 Ohio State (42-0)
Next up: vs UConn

Cincinnati barely escaped East Carolina this past weekend. If the Bearcats beat Memphis in the season finale, they’ll play SMU or Navy in a conference championship. They can lose to Memphis and still play the Tigers again in a conference championship.

16. #19 Memphis (The American, 8-1):

Loss: @ Temple (30-28)
Next up: BYE

After ending SMU’s perfect season, the Tigers now control their conference destiny. Cincinnati is still on schedule in a must-win game that will decide if the two possibly meet again in the conference championship the following week.

17. #25 Navy (The American, 7-1):

Loss: @ Memphis (35-23)
Next up: @ #15 Notre Dame

Notre Dame and SMU will be huge tests in back-to-back weeks for the Midshipmen, who still need Memphis to lose (most likely to Cincinnati) to reach the American Championship game. With their strength of schedule and SMU’s loss, they’ve now jumped ahead of some two-loss teams that most likely won’t be playing in their conference championship games.

18. #23 SMU (The American, 8-1):

Loss: @ Memphis (54-48)
Next up: vs East Carolina

SMU’s unbeaten season was put to rest by Memphis. With little hope of even reaching the American Championship game, SMU will need to make statements against Navy and Tulane down the stretch and also hope that Cincinnati beats Memphis in the season finale.

19. #10 Florida (SEC, 7-2):

Loss: @ #1 LSU (42-28) and vs #6 Georgia (24-17)
Next up: vs Vanderbilt

With their loss to Georgia in a game that all but decided the SEC East, the Gators are now a team that could see themselves get jumped in future rankings. A two-loss team has never made the CFP, albeit without a conference championship.

20. #12 Auburn (SEC, 7-2):

Losses: @ #10 Florida (24-13) and @ #1 LSU (23-20)
Next up: BYE

Auburn gets Georgia after the bye week and Alabama to close the season. Like Florida, these two-loss teams can get hopped in future rankings as their conference championship hopes diminish.

21. #14 Michigan (Big Ten, 7-2):

Loss: @ #16 Wisconsin (35-14) and @ #5 Penn State (28-21)
Next up: BYE

Michigan would still need a decent amount of help to reach the Big Ten Championship. Without a conference title, like Florida and Auburn, they will have to hope for complete chaos down the stretch.

22. #20 Kansas State (Big XII, 6-2):

Losses: @ Oklahoma State (26-13) and vs #11 Baylor (31-12)
Next up: @ Texas

The Wildcats keep winning, but they still need help to reach the Big 12 Championship game. They can benefit from Baylor hitting the bulk of their schedule and facing Texas this weekend.

23. Indiana (Big Ten, 7-2):

Losses: vs #3 Ohio State (51-10) and @ Michigan State (40-31)
Next up: vs Northwestern

Indiana is not out of the hunt just yet, but they’d need just about everything to go wrong for Ohio State and Penn State to reach the Big Ten Championship game. Even if Ohio State loses to Penn State and Michigan, they’d still have tiebreaker over the Hoosiers.

Eliminated:

Virginia Tech (ACC, 5-3): Eliminated with week 10 loss to #15 Notre Dame, 21-20.
App State (Sun Belt, 7-1): Eliminated with week 10 loss to Georgia Southern, 24-21.

VT is eliminated, along wit the entire Coastal Division. App State suffered their first loss of the season, good enough to eliminate any Sun Belt team.

Here is a complete list of teams that have been eliminated this season:

Eliminated in Week 0/1 (21 teams):

Akron: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Illinois, 42-3.
Arkansas State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #23 SMU, 37-30.
Ball State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Indiana, 34-24.
Coastal Carolina: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Eastern Michigan, 30-23.
Colorado State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Colorado, 52-13.
Florida Atlantic: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #3 Ohio State, 45-21.
Florida International: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Tulane, 42-14.
Fresno State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to USC, 31-23.
Georgia Southern: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #1 LSU, 55-3.
LA-Lafayette: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Mississippi State, 38-28.
Liberty: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Syracuse, 24-0.
Louisiana Tech: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Texas, 45-14.
Miami (OH): Eliminated with week 1 loss to #18 Iowa, 38-14.
Middle Tennessee: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #14 Michigan, 40-12.
New Mexico State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Washington State, 58-7.
Rice: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Army, 14-7.
South Alabama: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Nebraska, 35-21.
Texas State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Texas A&M, 41-7.
Toledo: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Kentucky, 38-24.
UMass: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Rutgers, 48-21.
Western Kentucky: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Central Arkansas, 35-28.

Eliminated in Week 2 (21 teams):

Army: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #14 Michigan, 24-21 (OT).
Bowling Green: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #20 Kansas State, 52-0.
Buffalo: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #5 Penn State, 45-13.
Central Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #16 Wisconsin, 61-0.
Charlotte: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Appalachian State, 56-41.
Eastern Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Kentucky, 38-17.
LA-Monroe: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Florida State, 45-44 (OT).
Marshall: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #21 Boise State, 14-7.
Nevada: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #7 Oregon, 77-6.
North Texas: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #23 SMU, 49-27.
Northern Illinois: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #8 Utah, 35-17.
Ohio: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Pittsburgh, 20-10.
Old Dominion: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Virginia Tech, 31-17.
San Jose State: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Tulsa, 34-16.
South Florida: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Georgia Tech, 14-10.
Southern Mississippi: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Mississippi State, 38-15.
Tennessee: Eliminated with week 2 loss to BYU, 29-26.
UNLV: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Arkansas State, 43-17.
UTEP: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Texas Tech, 38-3.
UTSA: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #11 Baylor, 63-14.
Western Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Michigan State, 51-17.

Eliminated in Week 3 (10 teams):

East Carolina: Eliminated with week 3 loss to #25 Navy, 42-10.
Georgia State: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Western Michigan, 57-10.
Georgia Tech: Eliminated with week 3 loss to The Citadel, 27-24 (OT).
Hawai’i: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Washington, 52-20.
Houston: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Washington State, 31-24.
Kent State: Eliminated with week 3 loss to #12 Auburn, 55-16.
New Mexico: Eliminated with week 3 loss to #15 Notre Dame, 66-14.
Troy: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Southern Miss, 47-42.
Tulsa: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Oklahoma State, 40-21.
UCLA: Eliminated with week 3 loss to #9 Oklahoma, 48-14.

Eliminated in Week 4 (11 teams):

Air Force: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #21 Boise State, 30-19.
BYU: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Washington, 45-19.
Illinois: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Nebraska, 42-38.
Kansas: Eliminated with week 4 loss to West Virginia, 29-24.
San Diego State: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Utah State, 23-17.
South Carolina: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Missouri, 34-14.
Stanford: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #7 Oregon, 21-6.
UConn: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Indiana, 38-3.
UNC: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Appalachian State, 34-31.
Vanderbilt: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #1 LSU, 66-38.
Wyoming: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Tulsa, 24-21.

Eliminated in Week 5 (8 teams):

Arkansas: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Texas A&M, 31-27.
Kentucky: Eliminated with week 5 loss to South Carolina, 24-7.
Northwestern: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #16 Wisconsin, 24-15.
Ole Miss: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #2 Alabama, 59-31.
Oregon State: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Stanford, 31-28.
Purdue: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #13 Minnesota, 38-31.
Rutgers: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #14 Michigan, 52-0.
UAB: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Western Kentucky, 20-13.

Eliminated in Week 6 (5 teams):

Boston College: Eliminated with week 6 loss to Louisville, 41-39.
Miami (FL): Eliminated with week 6 loss to Virginia Tech, 42-35.
Syracuse: Eliminated with week 6 loss to NC State, 16-10.
UCF: Eliminated with week 6 loss to #17 Cincinnati, 27-24.
Utah State: Eliminated with week 6 loss to #1 LSU, 42-6.

Eliminated in Week 7 (11 teams):

Colorado: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #7 Oregon, 45-3.
Florida State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #4 Clemson, 45-14.
Maryland: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Purdue, 40-14.
Michigan State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #16 Wisconsin, 38-0.
Mississippi State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Tennessee, 20-10.
Nebraska: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #13 Minnesota, 34-7.
Texas A&M: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #2 Alabama, 47-28.
Texas Tech: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #11 Baylor, 33-30.
USC: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #15 Notre Dame, 30-27.
Washington State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Arizona State, 38-34.
West Virginia: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Iowa State, 38-14.

Eliminated in Week 8 (11 teams):

Arizona: Eliminated with week 8 loss to USC, 41-14.
#22 Boise State: Eliminated with week 8 loss to BYU, 28-25.
California: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Oregon State, 21-17.
Duke: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Virginia, 48-14.
NC State: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Boston College, 45-24.
Louisville: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #4 Clemson, 45-10.
Oklahoma State: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #11 Baylor, 45-27.
TCU: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #20 Kansas State, 24-17.
Temple: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #23 SMU, 45-21.
Tulane: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #19 Memphis, 47-17.
Washington: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #7 Oregon, 35-31.

Eliminated in Week 9 (7 teams):

Arizona State: Eliminated with week 9 loss to UCLA, 42-32.
Iowa State: Eliminated with week 9 loss to Oklahoma State, 34-27.
Missouri: Eliminated with week 9 loss to Kentucky, 29-7.
#16 Notre Dame: Eliminated with week 9 loss to #14 Michigan, 45-14.
Pittsburgh: Eliminated with week 9 loss to Miami (FL), 16-12.
Texas: Eliminated with week 9 loss to TCU, 37-27.
Virginia: Eliminated with week 9 loss to Louisville, 28-21.

Eliminated in Week 10 (2 teams):

Virginia Tech: Eliminated with week 10 loss to #15 Notre Dame, 21-20.
Appalachian State: Eliminated with week 10 loss to Georgia Southern, 24-21.

The College Football Playoff Eliminator: Week 10

Another week, another top-10 team takes a loss as Kansas State outlasts former-#5 Oklahoma. The field thins once again as the ACC and Big XII take tumbles away from the College Football Playoff (CFP).

Teams are listed in order of if they were to win their remaining games, who has the best chance at reaching the CFP. Here is where we stand on a national level this season:

1. #1 LSU (SEC, 8-0):

Loss: None
Next up: BYE

Heading into the bye week, Heisman frontrunner QB Joe Burrow and company take the number one spot in the AP Poll. After the bye week, they’ll play #2 Alabama in a huge showdown that will decide the fate of the SEC West.

2. #2 Alabama (SEC, 8-0):

Loss: None
Next up: BYE

Alabama dismantled Arkansas without QB Tua Tagovailoa. If he returns healthy, a Heisman matchup for the ages will be taking place when #1 LSU comes to town.

3. #3 Ohio State (Big Ten, 8-0):

Loss: None
Next up: BYE

After the bye, the Buckeyes get lowly Maryland and Rutgers before taking on #5 Penn State and #14 Michigan in games that will decide the Big Ten East.

4. #5 Penn State (Big Ten, 8-0):

Loss: None
Next up: BYE

Michigan State didn’t stand much of a chance as Penn State and Ohio State race towards a Big Ten East title. Unlike the Buckeyes, the Nittany Lions will get a date with undefeated #13 Minnesota on November 9th.

5. #13 Minnesota (Big Ten, 8-0):

Loss: None
Next up: BYE

Minnesota’s run game has been prolific, but they’ll need to be stronger in all facets of the game if they want to compete with #5 Penn State, #19 Iowa, and #18 Wisconsin in a brutal Big Ten slate.

6. #4 Clemson (ACC, 8-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs Wofford

With #23 Wake Forest being the only remaining ranked team on schedule, Clemson has no room for error. With that game likely deciding the ACC Atlantic, the ACC Coastal remains an absolute mess as no team has taken a commanding lead.

7. #12 Baylor (Big XII, 7-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs West Virginia (Thursday)

With Oklahoma losing, Baylor remains in full control of the Big XII’s CFP hopes. If they finish undefeated they’ll probably get into the semifinals, although TCU, #10 Oklahoma, and Texas need to get back to winning to be important wins down the stretch.

8. #6 Florida (SEC, 7-1):

Loss: @ #1 LSU (42-28)
Next up: vs Georgia

#8 Georgia enters The Swamp in an important SEC East matchup. The winner will likely play #1 LSU or #2 Alabama in the SEC Championship. If Florida wins the SEC, they’ll get in over every team that isn’t an undefeated conference champion.

9. #8 Georgia (SEC, 6-1):

Loss: vs South Carolina (20-17)
Next up: @ #6 Florida

Georgia and Florida play this weekend to decide their seasons’ fates.

10. #10 Oklahoma (Big XII, 7-1):

Loss: @ #22 Kansas State (48-41)
Next up: BYE

Ouch. Oklahoma and the entire Big XII took a huge tumble after losing to Kansas State. That opens the door even wider for the SEC or Big Ten to potentially send two teams to the CFP; it’ll be even more likely if LSU / Alabama or Ohio State / Penn State are close games.

11. #7 Oregon (Pac-12, 7-1):

Loss: @ #11 Auburn (27-21)
Next up: @ USC

Oregon doesn’t play another ranked team for the remainder of the year until a potential Pac-12 Championship with #9 Utah. However, the Ducks struggled to get away from Washington (35-31) and Washington State (37-35) the past two games.

12. #18 Wisconsin (Big Ten, 6-2):

Loss: @ Illinois (24-23) and @ #3 Ohio State (38-7)
Next up: BYE

Wisconsin can still win the Big Ten West and get to the title game, but their playoff hopes are looking very bleak after a beatdown in Columbus. #19 Iowa and #13 Minnesota have to be statement games for the Badgers.

13. #11 Auburn (SEC, 6-2):

Losses: @ #6 Florida (24-13) and @ #1 LSU (23-20)
Next up: vs Mississippi

Things just got a little more difficult for the Tigers, who do not control their own destiny in the West and still have to play #8 Georgia and #2 Alabama.

14. #9 Utah (Pac-12, 7-1):

Loss: @ USC (30-23)
Next up: @ Washington

Utah doesn’t control their own conference destiny thanks to their loss at USC, but they’ve moved into the AP Top 10 with their defensive play.

15. #23 Wake Forest (ACC, 6-1):

Loss: vs Louisville (62-59)
Next up: vs NC State

The Demon Deacons jumped back into the rankings and are #4 Clemson’s only ranked opponent left on schedule. That game will probably decide the Atlantic Division in a few weeks.

16. #15 SMU (The American, 8-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ #24 Memphis

SMU will maintain sole control of the American West if they beat a ranked Memphis this weekend. If Navy continues to win, that could be a ranked opponent in late November. SMU should continue rooting for #17 Cincinnati to continue their winning ways.

17. #14 Michigan (Big Ten, 6-2):

Loss: @ #18 Wisconsin (35-14) and @ #5 Penn State (28-21)
Next up: @ Maryland

Michigan would need a ton of help to reach the Big Ten Championship, although their win over #16 Notre Dame helps their overall ranking. #3 Ohio State is looking stronger by the week and Michigan can’t afford a mistake when they play to end the season.

18. #19 Iowa (Big Ten, 6-2):

Losses: @ #14 Michigan (10-3) and vs #5 Penn State (17-12)
Next up: BYE

Iowa can win the Big Ten West outright if they take care of #18 Wisconsin and #13 Minnesota after the bye week. They’d still need a ton of teams to lose and to look very strong in a title game.

19. Navy (The American, 6-1):

Loss: @ Memphis (35-23)
Next up: @ UConn

With #16 Notre Dame and #15 SMU on schedule, Navy can make a statement and play a big role in the American’s chances of being a contender.

20. Virginia Tech (ACC, 5-2):

Losses: @ Boston College (35-28) and vs Duke (45-10)
Next up: @ #16 Notre Dame

Surprisingly, VT still controls their own ACC destiny and gets a date with a fallout Notre Dame team. If the Hokies can win the ACC Coastal, they’ll get a matchup with #4 Clemson or #23 Wake Forest.

21. #20 App State (Sun Belt, 7-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs Georgia Southern

App State will need some American Conference chaos if they want to receive a New Year’s 6 bowl bid. The good news is that a lot of the American teams play each other.

22. #24 Memphis (The American, 7-1):

Loss: @ Temple (30-28)
Next up: vs #15 SMU

The big test is this weekend against undefeated SMU. #17 Cincinnati is also on schedule and can set up a rematch the following week in a conference championship if both teams continue to win.

23. #17 Cincinnati (The American, 6-1):

Loss: @ #3 Ohio State (42-0)
Next up: @ East Carolina

Cincinnati controls their own ACC destiny and they should be rooting for #15 SMU to beat #24 Memphis so that they can see an undefeated team in a conference championship game.

24. #22 Kansas State (Big XII, 5-2):

Losses: @ Oklahoma State (26-13) and vs #12 Baylor (31-12)
Next up: @ Kansas

The Wildcats upset Oklahoma to end up back in the rankings. They still need help to reach the conference championship game, but this win was a huge step in the right direction.

25. Indiana (Big Ten, 6-2):

Losses: vs #3 Ohio State (51-10) and @ Michigan State (40-31)
Next up: vs Northwestern

Indiana would need a lot to reach the Big Ten Championship out of the East, but they have continued to win and still get #5 Penn State and #14 Michigan late in the year.

Eliminated:

Arizona State (Pac-12, 5-3): Eliminated with week 9 loss to UCLA, 42-32.
Iowa State (Big XII, 5-3): Eliminated with week 9 loss to Oklahoma State, 34-27.
Missouri (SEC, 5-3): Eliminated with week 9 loss to Kentucky, 29-7.
#16 Notre Dame (Independent, 5-2): Eliminated with week 9 loss to #14 Michigan, 45-14.
Pittsburgh (ACC, 5-3): Eliminated with week 9 loss to Miami (FL), 16-12.
Texas (Big XII, 5-3): Eliminated with week 9 loss to TCU, 37-27.
Virginia (ACC, 5-3): Eliminated with week 9 loss to Louisville, 28-21.

The ACC Coastal took more of a fall as Notre Dame and Texas also find themselves in an unfamiliar position.


Here is a complete list of teams that have been eliminated this season:

Eliminated in Week 0/1 (21 teams):

Akron: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Illinois, 42-3.
Arkansas State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #15 SMU, 37-30.
Ball State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Indiana, 34-24.
Coastal Carolina: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Eastern Michigan, 30-23.
Colorado State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Colorado, 52-13.
Florida Atlantic: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #3 Ohio State, 45-21.
Florida International: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Tulane, 42-14.
Fresno State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to USC, 31-23.
Georgia Southern: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #1 LSU, 55-3.
LA-Lafayette: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Mississippi State, 38-28.
Liberty: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Syracuse, 24-0.
Louisiana Tech: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Texas, 45-14.
Miami (OH): Eliminated with week 1 loss to #19 Iowa, 38-14.
Middle Tennessee: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #14 Michigan, 40-12.
New Mexico State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Washington State, 58-7.
Rice: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Army, 14-7.
South Alabama: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Nebraska, 35-21.
Texas State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Texas A&M, 41-7.
Toledo: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Kentucky, 38-24.
UMass: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Rutgers, 48-21.
Western Kentucky: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Central Arkansas, 35-28.

Eliminated in Week 2 (21 teams):

Army: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #14 Michigan, 24-21 (OT).
Bowling Green: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #22 Kansas State, 52-0.
Buffalo: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #5 Penn State, 45-13.
Central Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #18 Wisconsin, 61-0.
Charlotte: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #20 Appalachian State, 56-41.
Eastern Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Kentucky, 38-17.
LA-Monroe: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Florida State, 45-44 (OT).
Marshall: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #21 Boise State, 14-7.
Nevada: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #7 Oregon, 77-6.
North Texas: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #15 SMU, 49-27.
Northern Illinois: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #9 Utah, 35-17.
Ohio: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Pittsburgh, 20-10.
Old Dominion: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Virginia Tech, 31-17.
San Jose State: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Tulsa, 34-16.
South Florida: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Georgia Tech, 14-10.
Southern Mississippi: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Mississippi State, 38-15.
Tennessee: Eliminated with week 2 loss to BYU, 29-26.
UNLV: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Arkansas State, 43-17.
UTEP: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Texas Tech, 38-3.
UTSA: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #12 Baylor, 63-14.
Western Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Michigan State, 51-17.

Eliminated in Week 3 (10 teams):

East Carolina: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Navy, 42-10.
Georgia State: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Western Michigan, 57-10.
Georgia Tech: Eliminated with week 3 loss to The Citadel, 27-24 (OT).
Hawai’i: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Washington, 52-20.
Houston: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Washington State, 31-24.
Kent State: Eliminated with week 3 loss to #11 Auburn, 55-16.
New Mexico: Eliminated with week 3 loss to #16 Notre Dame, 66-14.
Troy: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Southern Miss, 47-42.
Tulsa: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Oklahoma State, 40-21.
UCLA: Eliminated with week 3 loss to #10 Oklahoma, 48-14.

Eliminated in Week 4 (11 teams):

Air Force: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #21 Boise State, 30-19.
BYU: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Washington, 45-19.
Illinois: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Nebraska, 42-38.
Kansas: Eliminated with week 4 loss to West Virginia, 29-24.
#25 San Diego State: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Utah State, 23-17.
South Carolina: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Missouri, 34-14.
Stanford: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #7 Oregon, 21-6.
UConn: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Indiana, 38-3.
UNC: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #20 Appalachian State, 34-31.
Vanderbilt: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #1 LSU, 66-38.
Wyoming: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Tulsa, 24-21.

Eliminated in Week 5 (8 teams):

Arkansas: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Texas A&M, 31-27.
Kentucky: Eliminated with week 5 loss to South Carolina, 24-7.
Northwestern: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #18 Wisconsin, 24-15.
Ole Miss: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #2 Alabama, 59-31.
Oregon State: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Stanford, 31-28.
Purdue: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #13 Minnesota, 38-31.
Rutgers: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #14 Michigan, 52-0.
UAB: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Western Kentucky, 20-13.

Eliminated in Week 6 (5 teams):

Boston College: Eliminated with week 6 loss to Louisville, 41-39.
Miami (FL): Eliminated with week 6 loss to Virginia Tech, 42-35.
Syracuse: Eliminated with week 6 loss to NC State, 16-10.
UCF: Eliminated with week 6 loss to #17 Cincinnati, 27-24.
Utah State: Eliminated with week 6 loss to #1 LSU, 42-6.

Eliminated in Week 7 (11 teams):

Colorado: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #7 Oregon, 45-3.
Florida State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #4 Clemson, 45-14.
Maryland: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Purdue, 40-14.
Michigan State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #18 Wisconsin, 38-0.
Mississippi State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Tennessee, 20-10.
Nebraska: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #13 Minnesota, 34-7.
Texas A&M: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #2 Alabama, 47-28.
Texas Tech: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #12 Baylor, 33-30.
USC: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #16 Notre Dame, 30-27.
Washington State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Arizona State, 38-34.
West Virginia: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Iowa State, 38-14.

Eliminated in Week 8 (11 teams):

Arizona: Eliminated with week 8 loss to USC, 41-14.
#21 Boise State: Eliminated with week 8 loss to BYU, 28-25.
California: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Oregon State, 21-17.
Duke: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Virginia, 48-14.
NC State: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Boston College, 45-24.
Louisville: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #4 Clemson, 45-10.
Oklahoma State: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #12 Baylor, 45-27.
TCU: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #22 Kansas State, 24-17.
Temple: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #15 SMU, 45-21.
Tulane: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #24 Memphis, 47-17.
Washington: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #7 Oregon, 35-31.

Eliminated in Week 9 (7 teams):

Arizona State: Eliminated with week 9 loss to UCLA, 42-32.
Iowa State: Eliminated with week 9 loss to Oklahoma State, 34-27.
Missouri: Eliminated with week 9 loss to Kentucky, 29-7.
#16 Notre Dame: Eliminated with week 9 loss to #14 Michigan, 45-14.
Pittsburgh: Eliminated with week 9 loss to Miami (FL), 16-12.
Texas: Eliminated with week 9 loss to TCU, 37-27.
Virginia: Eliminated with week 9 loss to Louisville, 28-21.

The College Football Playoff Eliminator: Week 9

After a week of upsets and conference-telling games, the Eliminator returns to knock out more teams.

Teams are listed in order of if they were to win their remaining games, who has the best chance at reaching the College Football Playoff (CFP). Here is where we stand on a national level this season:

1. #2 LSU (SEC, 7-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs #9 Auburn

In a huge SEC West stretch, LSU gets #9 Auburn and #1 Alabama in back-to-back games with a bye week in between. QB Joe Burrow continues to look like the best available offensive player in this year’s NFL draft, but getting LSU over the hump within the SEC will be the ultimate goal for the transfer QB.

2. #1 Alabama (SEC, 7-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs Arkansas

Arkansas is on slate before the bye week that will set up a home contest against #2 LSU; surely, this will be the biggest game of the college football season if both teams stay unbeaten through one more game. #9 Auburn is also an important game to end the year in the West. With QB Tua Tagovailoa out this week, it’ll be interesting to see how the offense adjusts to a slower pace of play.

3. #3 Ohio State (Big Ten, 7-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs #13 Wisconsin

After rolling Northwestern (52-3) on Friday night, the only question remains is if they Buckeyes can stay focused against formidable opponents all year. With #13 Wisconsin coming off an embarrassing upset loss to Illinois, Ohio State has to be able to capitalize. The good news is that potential number-one overall draft pick DE Chase Young has mentioned multiple times how he wants to reach the CFP.

4. #6 Penn State (Big Ten, 7-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ Michigan State

After controlling the #19 Michigan offense on Saturday, the Nittany Lions will have to go through the two remaining undefeated teams in the Big Ten (#17 Minnesota and #3 Ohio State). Their offense will have to be more impressive down the stretch to earn the right to win the conference.

5. #17 Minnesota (Big Ten, 7-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs Maryland

Minnesota keeps winning football games and has finally established a more sustainable defense in the last three weeks. #6 Penn State, #20 Iowa, and #13 Wisconsin will all be huge tests to see if the Gophers can get a Big Ten Championship matchup with #3 Ohio State (or a rematch with Penn State).

6. #5 Oklahoma (Big XII, 7-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ Kansas State

Jalen Hurts continues to look like the favorite for the Heisman trophy based on his stats alone. With Iowa State earning the #23 ranking and #14 Baylor continuing to stay unbeaten, the Big XII is looking more like the third best conference behind the SEC and Big Ten.

7. #14 Baylor (Big XII, 7-0):

Loss: None
Next up: BYE

As #5 Oklahoma and #15 Texas loom in November, Baylor will have to find a way to take down a chippy WVU squad. With a steady offense and a better-then-usual defense, the Bears are not only in control of their conference hopes, but possibly even their CFP chances.

8. #4 Clemson (ACC, 7-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs Boston College

#25 Wake Forrest is the only remaining ranked team on the schedule for the Tigers, who cannot afford a blemish even with QB Trevor Lawrence not playing up to his own standard.

9. #7 Florida (SEC, 7-1):

Loss: @ #2 LSU (42-28)
Next up: BYE

In a game that will decide who leads the East, #10 Georgia travels to The Swamp. The Florida run game and dual-QB system has worked so far after QB Feleipe Franks’ injury. This is an important game for both Florida and Georgia as both have one loss already on the season. Another loss will surely diminish their CFP hopes, although there are not many other teams that have a better shot at making a semifinal with two losses other than these two.

10. #9 Auburn (SEC, 6-1):

Loss: @ Florida (24-13)
Next up: @ #2 LSU

Auburn still controls the outcome of the SEC West and can prove if they can compete with the top as they take on #2 LSU in Death Valley. They also play #10 Georgia and #1 Alabama, giving them arguably the toughest SEC route to the playoff.

11. #10 Georgia (SEC, 6-1):

Loss: vs South Carolina (20-17)
Next up: BYE

Georgia and #7 Florida meet in two weeks to decide who leads the East, but the Bulldogs also have to go through Missouri and #9 Auburn after their matchup with the Gators. With the offense looking stifled in the last two weeks, it’ll be interesting to see if they can bounce back against better defenses or if the hype surrounding Georgia was built up for nothing.

12. #11 Oregon (Pac-12, 6-1):

Loss: @ #9 Auburn (27-21)
Next up: vs Washington State

The Ducks just took down Washington (35-31) and can make a statement by winning out and controlling the Pac-12 outright. If they do so, they should be rooting for #9 Auburn to win the SEC and for the Big Ten to have one, preferably undefeated (#3 Ohio State, #6 Penn State, or #17 Minnesota) champion.

13. #13 Wisconsin (Big Ten, 6-1):

Loss: @ Illinois (24-23)
Next up: @ #3 Ohio State

After Illinois’ stunning victory on Saturday, questions started being raised about the potency of the Badgers’ offense. RB Jonathan Taylor and company will have to run the table and hope that the SEC only finds one team they can put ahead of them.

14. #12 Utah (Pac-12, 6-1):

Loss: @ USC (30-23)
Next up: vs California

Utah is not in control of the Pac-12 South and has a weak schedule as well. If Utah can win out, they’d face a highly-ranked Oregon team in a Pac-12 Championship if USC finds another conference loss.

15. #8 Notre Dame (Independent, 5-1):

Loss: @ #10 Georgia (23-17)
Next up: @ #19 Michigan

ND can eliminate #19 Michigan outright this weekend and then do the same to Virginia Tech the following week. With a favorable schedule in which they should be favored in every game to end the season, the Fighting Irish should be rooting for chaos and two-loss champions within the SEC, Big Ten, and Big XII.

16. #25 Wake Forest (ACC, 6-1):

Loss: vs Louisville (62-59)
Next up: BYE

The Demon Deacons are on pace for a historic season for their program. If they can continue to sneak by ACC opponents and find new ways to win games, they can attempt to give #4 Clemson a run for their money in an ACC Atlantic title game. After Louisville’s loss to Clemson this past weekend, Wake Forrest takes back control of their conference destiny.

17. #16 SMU (The American, 7-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ Houston

After Boise State’s loss to BYU, the Mustangs of SMU now have sole control of their destiny in getting to a New Years’ Six (NY6) bowl game. Even if #21 Appalachian State beats South Carolina and wins the Sun Belt, SMU will have a more impressive resume overall. A tough Houston team and Memphis will be important contests in the coming weeks.

18. #19 Michigan (Big Ten, 5-2):

Loss: @ #13 Wisconsin (35-14) and @ #6 Penn State (28-21)
Next up: vs #8 Notre Dame

With #8 Notre Dame and #3 Ohio State still on schedule, it’s not impossible that the Wolverines find themselves in a playoff discussion. However, they won’t be able to do it without a conference championship. With two conference losses and being ranked third in their own division, teams ahead of them will have to lose multiple games down the stretch.

19. #15 Texas (Big XII, 5-2):

Losses: vs #2 LSU (45-38) and vs #5 Oklahoma (34-27)
Next up: @ TCU

Texas can still meet #5 Oklahoma again in the conference title game, but they’ll have #23 Iowa State and #14 Baylor standing in their way in back-to-back weeks. The Big XII is probably the third-likeliest conference to have a two-loss team make the playoff behind the SEC and Big Ten, respectfully.

20. #20 Iowa (Big Ten, 5-2):

Losses: @ #19 Michigan (10-3) and vs #6 Penn State (17-12)
Next up: vs Purdue

The Hawkeyes have a better shot at the Big Ten title than #19 Michigan (a team Iowa lost to) because Iowa gets to play all three teams that are ahead of them in the West Division (#13 Wisconsin, #17 Minnesota, and Nebraska). If they can continue to be impressive on defense and get QB Nate Stanley to play more effectively on offense, this Iowa team could be tough down the stretch.

21. #23 Iowa State (Big XII, 5-2):

Losses: vs #20 Iowa (18-17) and @ #14 Baylor (23-21)
Next up: vs Oklahoma State

The Cyclones have two very close and very applaudable losses (see above) that have kept them out of a higher ranking. They can make up for it by taking down #5 Oklahoma and #15 Texas in back-to-back weekends and winning a Big XII title.

22. Navy (The American, 5-1):

Loss: @ Memphis (35-23)
Next up: vs Tulane

After Tulane and UConn, Navy gets matchups with #8 Notre Dame, #16 SMU, and Army. Amongst every Group of Five team with one loss, they can make the best case to reach a NY6 bowl.

23. Missouri (SEC, 5-2):

Losses: @ Wyoming (37-31) and @ Vanderbilt (21-14)
Next up: @ Kentucky

Missouri has two very embarrassing losses on their schedule, but still maintain sole control of their SEC title hopes. If QB Kelly Bryant and the offense can get the ball going on the ground, they’d have to take down #10 Georgia and #7 Florida in back-to-back weeks.

24. Virginia Tech (ACC, 5-2):

Losses: @ Boston College (35-28) and vs Duke (45-10)
Next up: BYE

In an elimination game for both teams in two weeks, #8 Notre Dame hosts Virginia Tech in a crucial game that will decide the entire season for both program’s slim playoff hopes.

25. #21 App State (Sun Belt, 6-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ South Alabama

App State’s toughest remaining game is against South Carolina, with little-to-no hope at getting into a semifinal. If other conferences produce two-loss champions (which is more likely in the ACC, Big XII, and Pac-12) then there can be a case as long as the Big Ten and SEC provide only one truly dominant team.

26. Memphis (The American, 6-1):

Loss: @ Temple (30-28)
Next up: @ Tulsa

Memphis will find themselves back in the top 25 if they can take down Tulsa ahead of their huge AAC matchup with #16 SMU. The Tigers are currently receiving the most votes to be ranked again and will need some help in controlling their NY6 hopes.

27. #18 Cincinnati (The American, 6-1):

Loss: @ #3 Ohio State (42-0)
Next up: BYE

Cincinnati controls their own AAC East destiny and can continue to move up in the polls. The truly telling story will be where Luke Fickell and his Bearcats defense rank when the CFP rankings come out.

28. Kansas State (Big XII, 4-2):

Losses: @ Oklahoma State (26-13) and vs #14 Baylor (31-12)
Next up: vs #5 Oklahoma

The Wildcats can make statements with #5 Oklahoma and #15 Texas still on schedule, but they will need multiple teams to lose conference games to reach a Big XII Championship.

29. Virginia (ACC, 5-2):

Losses: @ #8 Notre Dame (35-20) and @ Miami (FL) (17-9)
Next up: @ Louisville

Virginia bounced back from their two-straight losing skip to beatdown Duke (48-14). No ranked teams remain on schedule, but the Hokies control their own fate in the Coastal Division.

30. Pittsburgh (ACC, 5-2):

Losses: vs Virginia (30-14) and @ #6 Penn State (17-10)
Next up: vs Miami (FL)

Due to their loss to Virginia, Pitt doesn’t control their conference destiny. They can pull themselves into the rankings and hope that Virginia falters in a dead-even Coastal Division.

31. #24 Arizona State (Pac-12, 5-2):

Loss: vs Colorado (34-31) and vs #12 Utah (21-3)
Next up: @ UCLA

Herm Edward’s offense decided not to show up against the Utes in Saturday’s Pac-12 South loss. Arizona State will have to fight to make up ground, but they’d still need Utah to lost twice in order to reach the conference championship game.

32. Indiana (Big Ten, 5-2):

Losses: vs #3 Ohio State (51-10) and @ Michigan State (40-31)
Next up: @ Nebraska

Indiana is having an above average season despite a blowout loss to the Buckeyes early in the year. A lot would need to happen for them to reach a conference championship, which just isn’t that likely this season.

Eliminated:

Arizona (Pac-12, 4-3): Eliminated with week 8 loss to USC, 41-14.
#22 Boise State (Mountain West, 6-1): Eliminated with week 8 loss to BYU, 28-25.
California (Pac-12, 4-3): Eliminated with week 8 loss to Oregon State, 21-17.
Duke (ACC, 4-3): Eliminated with week 8 loss to Virginia, 48-14.
NC State (ACC, 4-3): Eliminated with week 8 loss to Boston College, 45-24.
Louisville (ACC, 4-3): Eliminated with week 8 loss to #4 Clemson, 45-10.
Oklahoma State (Big XII, 4-3): Eliminated with week 8 loss to #14 Baylor, 45-27.
TCU (Big XII, 3-3): Eliminated with week 8 loss to Kansas State, 24-17.
Temple (The American, 5-2): Eliminated with week 8 loss to #16 SMU, 45-21.
Tulane (The American, 5-2): Eliminated with week 8 loss to Memphis, 47-17.
Washington (Pac-12, 5-3): Eliminated with week 8 loss to #11 Oregon, 35-31.

All teams that were eliminated this week (with the exception of #22 Boise State) lost to conference opponents as this list continues to grow. Boise is not out of the NY6 bowl discussion, but they would need a ton of help and should expect to get jumped in the rankings throughout the season.

Here is a complete list of teams that have been eliminated this season:

Eliminated in Week 0/1 (21 teams):

Akron: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Illinois, 42-3.
Arkansas State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #16 SMU, 37-30.
Ball State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Indiana, 34-24.
Coastal Carolina: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Eastern Michigan, 30-23.
Colorado State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Colorado, 52-13.
Florida Atlantic: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #3 Ohio State, 45-21.
Florida International: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Tulane, 42-14.
Fresno State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to USC, 31-23.
Georgia Southern: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #2 LSU, 55-3.
LA-Lafayette: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Mississippi State, 38-28.
Liberty: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Syracuse, 24-0.
Louisiana Tech: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #15 Texas, 45-14.
Miami (OH): Eliminated with week 1 loss to #20 Iowa, 38-14.
Middle Tennessee: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #19 Michigan, 40-12.
New Mexico State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Washington State, 58-7.
Rice: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Army, 14-7.
South Alabama: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Nebraska, 35-21.
Texas State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Texas A&M, 41-7.
Toledo: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Kentucky, 38-24.
UMass: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Rutgers, 48-21.
Western Kentucky: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Central Arkansas, 35-28.

Eliminated in Week 2 (21 teams):

Army: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #19 Michigan, 24-21 (OT).
Bowling Green: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Kansas State, 52-0.
Buffalo: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #6 Penn State, 45-13.
Central Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #13 Wisconsin, 61-0.
Charlotte: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #21 Appalachian State, 56-41.
Eastern Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Kentucky, 38-17.
LA-Monroe: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Florida State, 45-44 (OT).
Marshall: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #22 Boise State, 14-7.
Nevada: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #11 Oregon, 77-6.
North Texas: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #16 SMU, 49-27.
Northern Illinois: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #12 Utah, 35-17.
Ohio: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Pittsburgh, 20-10.
Old Dominion: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Virginia Tech, 31-17.
San Jose State: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Tulsa, 34-16.
South Florida: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Georgia Tech, 14-10.
Southern Mississippi: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Mississippi State, 38-15.
Tennessee: Eliminated with week 2 loss to BYU, 29-26.
UNLV: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Arkansas State, 43-17.
UTEP: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Texas Tech, 38-3.
UTSA: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #14 Baylor, 63-14.
Western Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Michigan State, 51-17.

Eliminated in Week 3 (10 teams):

East Carolina: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Navy, 42-10.
Georgia State: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Western Michigan, 57-10.
Georgia Tech: Eliminated with week 3 loss to The Citadel, 27-24 (OT).
Hawai’i: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Washington, 52-20.
Houston: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Washington State, 31-24.
Kent State: Eliminated with week 3 loss to #9 Auburn, 55-16.
New Mexico: Eliminated with week 3 loss to #8 Notre Dame, 66-14.
Troy: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Southern Miss, 47-42.
Tulsa: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Oklahoma State, 40-21.
UCLA: Eliminated with week 3 loss to #5 Oklahoma, 48-14.

Eliminated in Week 4 (11 teams):

Air Force: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #22 Boise State, 30-19.
BYU: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Washington, 45-19.
Illinois: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Nebraska, 42-38.
Kansas: Eliminated with week 4 loss to West Virginia, 29-24.
San Diego State: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Utah State, 23-17.
South Carolina: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Missouri, 34-14.
Stanford: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #11 Oregon, 21-6.
UConn: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Indiana, 38-3.
UNC: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #21 Appalachian State, 34-31.
Vanderbilt: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #2 LSU, 66-38.
Wyoming: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Tulsa, 24-21.

Eliminated in Week 5 (8 teams):

Arkansas: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Texas A&M, 31-27.
Kentucky: Eliminated with week 5 loss to South Carolina, 24-7.
Northwestern: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #13 Wisconsin, 24-15.
Ole Miss: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #1 Alabama, 59-31.
Oregon State: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Stanford, 31-28.
Purdue: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #17 Minnesota, 38-31.
Rutgers: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #19 Michigan, 52-0.
UAB: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Western Kentucky, 20-13.

Eliminated in Week 6 (5 teams):

Boston College: Eliminated with week 6 loss to Louisville, 41-39.
Miami (FL): Eliminated with week 6 loss to Virginia Tech, 42-35.
Syracuse: Eliminated with week 6 loss to NC State, 16-10.
UCF: Eliminated with week 6 loss to #18 Cincinnati, 27-24.
Utah State: Eliminated with week 6 loss to #2 LSU, 42-6.

Eliminated in Week 7 (11 teams):

Colorado: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #11 Oregon, 45-3.
Florida State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #4 Clemson, 45-14.
Maryland: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Purdue, 40-14.
Michigan State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #13 Wisconsin, 38-0.
Mississippi State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Tennessee, 20-10.
Nebraska: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #17 Minnesota, 34-7.
Texas A&M: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #1 Alabama, 47-28.
Texas Tech: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #14 Baylor, 33-30.
USC: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #8 Notre Dame, 30-27.
Washington State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #24 Arizona State, 38-34.
West Virginia: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #23 Iowa State, 38-14.

Eliminated in Week 8 (11 teams):

Arizona: Eliminated with week 8 loss to USC, 41-14.
#22 Boise State: Eliminated with week 8 loss to BYU, 28-25.
California: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Oregon State, 21-17.
Duke: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Virginia, 48-14.
NC State: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Boston College, 45-24.
Louisville: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #4 Clemson, 45-10.
Oklahoma State: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #14 Baylor, 45-27.
TCU: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Kansas State, 24-17.
Temple: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #16 SMU, 45-21.
Tulane: Eliminated with week 8 loss to Memphis, 47-17.
Washington: Eliminated with week 8 loss to #11 Oregon, 35-31.

The College Football Playoff Eliminator: Week 8

The Eliminator continues to shrink the playoff-eligible field. More teams find themselves eliminated this week as conference games take their toll.

For reference, Power Five teams who are not in control of their conference championship destiny are put in the verge of elimination column. Group of Five teams with any loss, with the exception of the American, are eliminated. Two losses doesn’t eliminate any Power Five teams unless one of those losses is to a Group of Five / FCS opponent with the exception of the American.

Here’s where we stand, conference-by-conference, after seven weeks of the college football season:

American Athletic Conference (AAC)

Still in the hunt:

#19 SMU (6-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs Temple

6-0 SMU will get a huge test in AAC play with Temple this weekend. Other one-loss opponents on schedule include Memphis, Navy, and a possible conference championship game against #21 Cincinnati. If the AAC East can give the Mustangs a ranked opponent in the title game, SMU could become a favorite to land a New Year’s 6 Bowl or CFP spot.

Verge of elimination:

Temple (5-1):

Loss: vs Buffalo (38-22)
Next up: @ #19 SMU

After beating a ranked Memphis team (30-28), Temple gets a tough two-week stretch with #19 SMU and UCF. #21 Cincinnati is also on schedule for late-November in a game that could decide the East.

Memphis (5-1):

Loss: @ Temple (30-28)
Next up: vs Tulane

Memphis’ loss to Temple dropped them from the top 25, but the Tigers still control their own destiny in the West. #19 SMU and #21 Cincinnati are also both on schedule in November.

Tulane (5-1):

Loss: @ #11 Auburn (24-6)
Next up: @ Memphis

Tulane can take control in the West if they can handle Memphis this weekend with UCF and #19 SMU in a potential West Division Championship to close the season.

#21 Cincinnati (5-1):

Loss: @ #4 Ohio State (42-0)
Next up: vs Tulsa

Cincinnati currently has no ranked opponents left on schedule, but should hope for #19 SMU to keep rolling in the opposite division.

Navy (4-1):

Loss: @ Memphis (35-23)
Next up: vs South Florida

Navy has the biggest chance to make noise in the AAC, but they don’t control their own destiny due to their lone loss to divisional opponent Memphis. #8 Notre Dame and #19 SMU are back-to-back games for the Midshipmen this November and they should root for #21 Cincinnati to continue to run the table in the East.

Eliminated:

No new teams added this week.

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

Still in the hunt:

#3 Clemson (6-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ Louisville

After Wake Forest’s loss, Clemson shows no remaining ranked opponents on schedule. If teams ahead (and behind) the Tigers continue to win, Clemson will have to win out to make the CFP.

Verge of elimination:

Wake Forest (5-1):

Loss: vs Louisville (62-59)
Next up: vs Florida State

After losing a shootout to Louisville, Wake gets a matchup with Florida State this weekend in a game that could decide if the Demon Deacons can bounce back into the rankings before meeting #3 Clemson in a couple weeks.

Virginia (4-2):

Losses: @ #8 Notre Dame (35-20) and @ Miami (FL) (17-9)
Next up: vs Duke

Virginia fell to #8 Notre Dame and Miami in back-to-back weekends ahead of their matchup with Duke. Clemson should hope for the Cavaliers to bounce back if they want to play a ranked opponent in the conference championship game.

Louisville (4-2):

Losses: vs #8 Notre Dame (35-17) and @ Florida State (35-24)
Next up: vs #3 Clemson

Louisville can see their playoff hopes diminish this weekend at home against the #3 Tigers, just as Florida State saw this past weekend. If they can pull out a win after taking down Wake Forest, then the ACC might fall out of the CFP picture for good.

Pittsburgh (4-2):

Losses: vs Virginia (30-14) and @ #7 Penn State (17-10)
Next up: @ Syracuse (Friday)

Pitt has been in nothing but tight matchups all year and gets to take their bye week into the Carrier Dome this Friday night. No ranked teams are left on the schedule but Virginia’s loss to Miami gives Pitt a brighter hope to come out of the Coastal Division.

Duke (4-2):

Losses: @ #1 Alabama (42-3) and vs Pitt (33-30)
Next up: @ Virginia

Duke might actually have the best shot to make a statement. #8 Notre Dame and one-loss Wake Forest are both on November’s schedule, however, Pitt holds tiebreaker over the Blue Devils in the Coastal Division.

NC State (4-2):

Losses: @ West Virginia (44-27) and @ Florida State (31-13)
Next up: @ Boston College

If they can escape BC on Saturday, NC State gets Wake Forest and #3 Clemson in back-to-back weekends to make a push into the rankings. With Florida State’s most recent loss, the Wolfpack gain back control of their own destiny in the Atlantic Division.

Virginia Tech (4-2):

Losses: @ Boston College (35-28) and vs Duke (45-10)
Next up: vs UNC

VT remains the most up-and-down team in the ACC, but #8 Notre Dame and Wake Forest are both on schedule. The Hokies don’t control their own destiny in the Coastal Division, but it seems as if no other team wants to win the division anyways.

Eliminated:

Florida State (3-3): Eliminated with week 7 loss to #3 Clemson, 45-14.

FSU joins a growing list of non-ranked ACC teams.

Big XII Conference

Still in the hunt:

#5 Oklahoma (6-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs West Virginia

With Jalen Hurts continuing to light it up, the Sooners look like the team to beat out of the Big XII. An important November date with #18 Baylor could also push the conference forward.

#18 Baylor (6-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ Oklahoma State

After narrowly escaping Texas Tech (33-30 in OT), the Bears get a shot at a good Oklahoma State team this weekend. #5 Oklahoma and #15 Texas in back-to-back weekends will most likely show where the Big XII stands.

Verge of elimination:

#15 Texas (4-2):

Losses: vs #2 LSU (45-38) and vs #5 Oklahoma (34-27)
Next up: vs Kansas

Texas can still meet #5 Oklahoma again in a conference championship, but they’ll have to prove it against Iowa State and #18 Baylor this November.

Iowa State (4-2):

Losses: vs #23 Iowa (18-17) and @ #18 Baylor (23-21)
Next up: @ Texas Tech

The Cyclones latest victory over West Virginia (38-14) eliminated the Mountaineers, but without controlling their own destiny in the conference their CFP hopes seem weak. They’ll need Baylor to fall off twice and to beat #5 Oklahoma and #15 Texas in back-to-back weeks.

TCU (3-2):

Losses: vs #19 SMU (41-38) and @ Iowa State (49-24)
Next up: @ Kansas State

In an elimination game for both teams, the Horned Frogs get to travel to K-State.

Oklahoma State (4-2):

Losses: @ #15 Texas (36-30) and @ Texas Tech (45-35)
Next up: vs #18 Baylor

The Cowboys lost control of their conference destiny with their second Big XII loss against Texas Tech. #18 Baylor can eliminate Chuba Hubbard and the OK State offense on Saturday.

Kansas State (3-2):

Losses: @ Oklahoma State (26-13) and vs #18 Baylor (31-12)
Next up: vs TCU

The Wildcats are another team that doesn’t control their own destiny. If chaos ensues, they would still have to get through #5 Oklahoma and #15 Texas.

Eliminated:

Texas Tech (3-3): Eliminated with week 7 loss to #18 Baylor, 33-30.
West Virginia (3-3): Eliminated with week 7 loss to Iowa State, 38-14.

Texas Tech and WVU will be joined next week by one of either TCU or Kansas State, depending on who wins that matchup.

Big Ten Conference (B1G)

Still in the hunt:

#6 Wisconsin (6-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ Illinois

Wisconsin continues to be the best defensive team in the nation after shutting out Michigan State (38-0). #4 Ohio State is on schedule in two weeks in a very important game that can be seen again in the Big Ten Championship

#4 Ohio State (6-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ Northwestern (Friday)

In a Big Ten title game rematch from last year, OSU will take on Northwestern before meeting #6 Wisconsin in a game that will feature two of the best defenses in the country. #7 Penn State and #16 Michigan are on schedule to close the season.

#7 Penn State (6-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs #16 Michigan

With #16 Michigan this weekend, the Nittany Lions can take control of the East Division. #20 Minnesota and #4 Ohio State are also two undefeated conference opponents that Penn State will see in November.

#20 Minnesota (6-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ Rutgers

Minnesota has ran the table thus far and gets to face Rutgers and Maryland the next two games, so they should be able to head into their home matchup with #7 Penn State still undefeated. #23 Iowa, perennial West Division opponent Northwestern, and #6 Wisconsin all follow the Penn State game to close the season.

#16 Michigan (4-1):

Loss: @ #6 Wisconsin (35-14)
Next up: @ #7 Penn State
Although Michigan hasn’t looked like a Big Ten contender thus far, they get #7 Penn State in a game to that can put them in control in the East. #8 Notre Dame will be the following weekend with #4 Ohio State to close the season. They can also play #6 Wisconsin again in a conference championship. There probably isn’t a better schedule in the country for a team that wants to find their way back in playoff picture.

Verge of elimination:

#23 Iowa (4-2):

Losses: @ #16 Michigan (10-3) and vs #7 Penn State (17-12)
Next up: vs Purdue

The Hawkeyes have one of the best defenses in the country to go along with a subpar offense. Even though both of Iowa’s losses came at the hands of East Division teams, the Hawkeyes will have to get through #6 Wisconsin and #20 Minnesota. They will also need those two teams to fall off again to reach the Big Ten Championship.

Indiana (4-2):

Losses: vs #4 Ohio State (51-10) and @ Michigan State (40-31)
Next up: @ Maryland

Indiana’s shutout of Rutgers (35-0) won’t show much as to what this team can be. Maryland and Nebraska the next two weeks also probably won’t be too telling unless they lose. They don’t play another Big Ten East opponent until #7 Penn State and #16 Michigan in late November.

Eliminated:

Maryland (3-3): Eliminated with week 7 loss to Purdue, 40-14.
Michigan State (4-3): Eliminated with week 7 loss to #6 Wisconsin, 38-0.
Nebraska (4-3): Eliminated with week 7 loss to #20 Minnesota, 34-7.

An abundance of Big Ten teams head to the eliminator as the top of the conference continues to heat up.

Conference USA (C-USA)

Eliminated:

The entire conference.

Independent Teams

Verge of elimination:

#8 Notre Dame (5-1):

Loss: @ #10 Georgia (23-17)
Next up: @ #16 Michigan

ND finds themselves ranked ahead of the team they lost to in the latest AP Poll, but the CFP Poll will be a lot more telling for the Irish, who have to get through #16 Michigan in impressive fashion as that is their last ranked opponent on schedule.

Eliminated:

No new teams added this week.

Mid-American Conference (MAC)

Eliminated:

The entire conference.

Mountain West Conference

Still in the hunt:

#14 Boise State (6-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ BYU

Boise continues to look like one of the strongest Group of Five teams, but #19 SMU has a stronger schedule to close the season. BYU should be a tough opponent this weekend after the Broncos handled a good Hawai’i team (59-37) this past weekend.

Eliminated:

No new teams added this week.

Pac-12 Conference

Still in the hunt:

#12 Oregon (5-1):

Loss: @ #11 Auburn (27-21)
Next up: @ #25 Washington

The Ducks should be thankful that the Huskies found their way back in the top 25 ahead of their matchup this weekend. #17 Arizona State is the only other ranked team on schedule before a potential Pac-12 title game.

#17 Arizona State (5-1):

Loss: vs Colorado (34-31)
Next up: @ #13 Utah

Thanks to Colorado continuing to lose, Arizona State finds themselves back in control of their conference destiny ahead of an important ranked matchup with #13 Utah. #12 Oregon is also on schedule for late November.

Verge of elimination:

Arizona (4-2):

Losses: @ Hawai’i (45-38) and vs #25 Washington (51-27)
Next up: @ USC

In a must-win game for Arizona, they get to travel to LA. The Wildcats are still in control of their own Pac-12 South destiny and get to face #12 Oregon, #13 Utah, and #17 Arizona State in the last three weeks of the regular season.

#13 Utah (5-1):

Loss: @ USC (30-23)
Next up: vs #17 Arizona State

USC still holds tiebreakers over the Utes, but they can make a statement against a ranked Arizona State team on Saturday.

California (4-2):

Losses: vs #17 Arizona State (24-17) and @ #12 Oregon (17-7)
Next up: vs Oregon State

Cal doesn’t have a blowout loss on their resume, but like most of the Pac-12 – they still don’t control their own destiny within conference play.

Eliminated:

Colorado (3-3): Eliminated with week 7 loss to #12 Oregon, 45-3.
USC (3-3): Eliminated with week 7 loss to #8 Notre Dame, 30-27.
Washington State (3-3): Eliminated with week 7 loss to #17 Arizona State, 38-34.

The Pac-12 continues to beat themselves out of playoff contention. The ACC is also beating themselves out of contention, which can be good if there is chaos within the SEC and Big Ten down the stretch.

Southeastern Conference (SEC)

Still in the hunt:

#2 LSU (6-0):

Loss: None
Next up: @ Mississippi State

With Joe Burrow leading the offense, LSU looks like the best team in the country. #11 Auburn and #1 Alabama should be exciting SEC West matchups in the coming weeks.

#1 Alabama (6-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs Tennessee

Alabama has a favorable schedule but has actual competition within conference play with #2 LSU looking like a battle of undefeated opponents in three weeks.

#9 Florida (6-1):

Loss: @ #2 LSU (42-28)
Next up: @ South Carolina

Florida is doing all they could without their starting quarterback in play. They control their own destiny in the East despite their loss to #2 LSU.

#10 Georgia (5-1):

Loss: vs South Carolina (20-17)
Next up: vs Kentucky

Georgia was upset by SC this weekend in a game that was all about the special teams. They can bounce back with Kentucky this weekend before they meet #9 Florida in a game that will propel someone to second in the East behind #22 Missouri.

#11 Auburn (5-1):

Loss: @ Florida (24-13)
Next up: @ Arkansas

Auburn can make a case to and still control their own conference destiny. With #2 LSU, #10 Georgia, and #1 Alabama all on schedule, there is no reason to count out the Tigers as an SEC dark horse.

Missouri (5-1):

Loss: @ Wyoming (37-31)
Next up: @ Vanderbilt

Missouri is sitting atop the SEC West and can win it outright if Kelly Bryant and company can make it past #10 Georgia and #9 Florida in November.

Eliminated:

Mississippi State (3-3): Eliminated with week 7 loss to Tennessee, 20-10.
Texas A&M (3-3): Eliminated with week 7 loss to #1 Alabama, 47-28.

Mississippi State and Texas A&M both fall flat from the SEC, which has no teams on the verge of elimination this week.

Sun Belt Conference

Still in the hunt:

#24 App State (5-0):

Loss: None
Next up: vs LA Monroe

App State continues to run the table. With South Carolina’s big win over #10 Georgia on Saturday, their November 9th matchup could be very intriguing and telling for the Mountaineers.

Eliminated:

The rest of the conference has already been eliminated.


Here is a complete list of teams that have been eliminated this season:

Eliminated in Week 0/1 (21 teams):

Akron: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Illinois, 42-3.
Arkansas State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #16 SMU, 37-30.
Ball State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Indiana, 34-24.
Coastal Carolina: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Eastern Michigan, 30-23.
Colorado State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Colorado, 52-13.
Florida Atlantic: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #3 Ohio State, 45-21.
Florida International: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Tulane, 42-14.
Fresno State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to USC, 31-23.
Georgia Southern: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #2 LSU, 55-3.
LA-Lafayette: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Mississippi State, 38-28.
Liberty: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Syracuse, 24-0.
Louisiana Tech: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #15 Texas, 45-14.
Miami (OH): Eliminated with week 1 loss to #20 Iowa, 38-14.
Middle Tennessee: Eliminated with week 1 loss to #19 Michigan, 40-12.
New Mexico State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Washington State, 58-7.
Rice: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Army, 14-7.
South Alabama: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Nebraska, 35-21.
Texas State: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Texas A&M, 41-7.
Toledo: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Kentucky, 38-24.
UMass: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Rutgers, 48-21.
Western Kentucky: Eliminated with week 1 loss to Central Arkansas, 35-28.

Eliminated in Week 2 (21 teams):

Army: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #19 Michigan, 24-21 (OT).
Bowling Green: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Kansas State, 52-0.
Buffalo: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #6 Penn State, 45-13.
Central Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #13 Wisconsin, 61-0.
Charlotte: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #21 Appalachian State, 56-41.
Eastern Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Kentucky, 38-17.
LA-Monroe: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Florida State, 45-44 (OT).
Marshall: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #22 Boise State, 14-7.
Nevada: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #11 Oregon, 77-6.
North Texas: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #16 SMU, 49-27.
Northern Illinois: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #12 Utah, 35-17.
Ohio: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Pittsburgh, 20-10.
Old Dominion: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Virginia Tech, 31-17.
San Jose State: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Tulsa, 34-16.
South Florida: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Georgia Tech, 14-10.
Southern Mississippi: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Mississippi State, 38-15.
Tennessee: Eliminated with week 2 loss to BYU, 29-26.
UNLV: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Arkansas State, 43-17.
UTEP: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Texas Tech, 38-3.
UTSA: Eliminated with week 2 loss to #14 Baylor, 63-14.
Western Michigan: Eliminated with week 2 loss to Michigan State, 51-17.

Eliminated in Week 3 (10 teams):

East Carolina: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Navy, 42-10.
Georgia State: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Western Michigan, 57-10.
Georgia Tech: Eliminated with week 3 loss to The Citadel, 27-24 (OT).
Hawai’i: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Washington, 52-20.
Houston: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Washington State, 31-24.
Kent State: Eliminated with week 3 loss to #9 Auburn, 55-16.
New Mexico: Eliminated with week 3 loss to #8 Notre Dame, 66-14.
Troy: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Southern Miss, 47-42.
Tulsa: Eliminated with week 3 loss to Oklahoma State, 40-21.
UCLA: Eliminated with week 3 loss to #5 Oklahoma, 48-14.

Eliminated in Week 4 (11 teams):

Air Force: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #22 Boise State, 30-19.
BYU: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Washington, 45-19.
Illinois: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Nebraska, 42-38.
Kansas: Eliminated with week 4 loss to West Virginia, 29-24.
San Diego State: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Utah State, 23-17.
South Carolina: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Missouri, 34-14.
Stanford: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #11 Oregon, 21-6.
UConn: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Indiana, 38-3.
UNC: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #21 Appalachian State, 34-31.
Vanderbilt: Eliminated with week 4 loss to #2 LSU, 66-38.
Wyoming: Eliminated with week 4 loss to Tulsa, 24-21.

Eliminated in Week 5 (8 teams):

Arkansas: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Texas A&M, 31-27.
Kentucky: Eliminated with week 5 loss to South Carolina, 24-7.
Northwestern: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #13 Wisconsin, 24-15.
Ole Miss: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #1 Alabama, 59-31.
Oregon State: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Stanford, 31-28.
Purdue: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #17 Minnesota, 38-31.
Rutgers: Eliminated with week 5 loss to #19 Michigan, 52-0.
UAB: Eliminated with week 5 loss to Western Kentucky, 20-13.

Eliminated in Week 6 (5 teams):

Boston College: Eliminated with week 6 loss to Louisville, 41-39.
Miami (FL): Eliminated with week 6 loss to Virginia Tech, 42-35.
Syracuse: Eliminated with week 6 loss to NC State, 16-10.
UCF: Eliminated with week 6 loss to #18 Cincinnati, 27-24.
Utah State: Eliminated with week 6 loss to #2 LSU, 42-6.

Eliminated in Week 7 (11 teams):

Colorado: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #11 Oregon, 45-3.
Florida State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #4 Clemson, 45-14.
Maryland: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Purdue, 40-14.
Michigan State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #13 Wisconsin, 38-0.
Mississippi State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to Tennessee, 20-10.
Nebraska: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #17 Minnesota, 34-7.
Texas A&M: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #1 Alabama, 47-28.
Texas Tech: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #14 Baylor, 33-30.
USC: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #8 Notre Dame, 30-27.
Washington State: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #24 Arizona State, 38-34.
West Virginia: Eliminated with week 7 loss to #23 Iowa State, 38-14.

 

 

 

One

It is in our hearts that we
Can be repumped
With blood
To find again
What we lost

It is in our hearts that we
Can forge our memory
To allow for more
Breathes
Of new life

It is in our hearts that we
Can chase what is true
While allowing
Our hearts
To stop beating

For while they stop beating
While the Earth reverses
Its rotation
We are born again
A new life
A new life

Afraid

At one point we were all very afraid
To take that moment
And let it go, to become stronger;
As people, we were weak.

Another time, we stopped counting
And instead, started running.
To take our time, we said
Ruined us.

The last time we were on the bridge
Seeing heights above moving currents
We stopped for a moment.
We were strong

And jumped.