Week 7 College Football Playoff Predictions: Who’s In?

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Barring meltdowns by all of these teams, these are the only 12 teams that I see that still have a legitimate chance at making it into this season’s College Football Playoff (CFP). I have included the remaining schedules for each of the teams as well as a prediction for each of their remaining games and who ultimately I believe will make it into the CFP. Each game’s prediction includes the team’s predicted record following the game as well as their predicted national ranking among these and only these 11 teams. When teams play games against other teams on this list of 12 teams, that matchup is listed in bold print. I have also included conference championship game predictions for the teams that I believe will advance to that point. The teams’ records and rankings following week 14 are the final predicted records and rankings prior to bowl season.

  1. BAMA Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0)
    • Week 8 vs. texam Texas A&M Aggies
      • Prediction: Win (#1, 8-0)
    • Week 9
      • Prediction (#1, 8-0)
    • Week 10 @ lsu Louisiana State Tigers
      • Prediction: Win (#1, 9-0)
    • Week 11 vs. msst Mississippi State Bulldogs
      • Prediction: Win (#1, 10-0)
    • Week 12 vs. chatt Chattanooga Mocs
      • Prediction: Win (#1, 11-0)
    • Week 13 vs. aub Auburn Tigers
      • Prediction: Win (#1, 12-0)
    • Week 14 vs. tenn Tennessee Volunteers (SEC Championship)
      • Prediction: Win (#1, 13-0)
  2. OHIOST Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0)
    • Week 8 @ psu Pennsylvania State Nittany Lions
      • Prediction: Win (#2, 7-0)
    • Week 9 vs. nw Northwestern Wildcats
      • Prediction: Win (#2, 8-0)
    • Week 10 vs. neb Nebraska Cornhuskers
      • Prediction: Win (#2, 9-0)
    • Week 11 @ md Maryland Terrapins
      • Prediction: Win (#2, 10-0)
    • Week 12 @ michst Michigan State Spartans
      • Prediction: Win (#2, 11-0)
    • Week 13 vs. mich Michigan Wolverines
      • Prediction: Win (#2, 12-0)
    • Week 14 vs. wisc Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Championship)
      • Prediction: Win (#2, 13-0)
  3. MICH Michigan Wolverines (6-0)
    • Week 8 vs.ill Illinois Fighting Illini
      • Prediction: Win (#3, 7-0)
    • Week 9 @ michst Michigan State Spartans
      • Prediction: Win (#3, 8-0)
    • Week 10 vs. md Maryland Terrapins
      • Prediction: Win (#3, 9-0)
    • Week 11 @ iowa Iowa Hawkeyes
      • Prediction: Win (#3, 10-0)
    • Week 12 vs. ind Indiana Hoosiers
      • Prediction: Win (#3, 11-0)
    • Week 13 @ ohiost Ohio State Buckeyes
      • Prediction: Loss (#4, 11-1)
    • Week 14
      • Prediction: (#5, 11-1)
  4. CLEM Clemson Tigers (7-0)
    • Week 8
      • Prediction: (#4, 7-0)
    • Week 9 @ fsu Florida State Seminoles
      • Prediction: Loss (#7, 7-1)
    • Week 10 vs. cuse Syracuse Orange
      • Prediction: Win (#7, 8-1)
    • Week 11 vs. pitt Pittsburgh Panthers
      • Prediction: Win (#6, 9-1)
    • Week 12 @ wake Wake Forest Demon Deacons
      • Prediction: Win (#5, 10-1)
    • Week 13 vs. sc South Carolina Gamecocks
      • Prediction: Win (#5, 11-1)
    • Week 14 vs. unc North Carolina Tar Heels (ACC Championship)
      • Prediction: Win (#4, 12-1)
  5. WASH Washington Huskies (6-0)
    • Week 8 vs. orst Oregon State Beavers
      • Prediction: Win (#5, 7-0)
    • Week 9 @ utah Utah Utes
      • Prediction: Win (#4, 8-0)
    • Week 10 @ cal California Golden Bears
      • Prediction: Win (#4, 9-0)
    • Week 11 vs. usc Southern California Trojans
      • Prediction: Win (#4, 10-0)
    • Week 12 vs. arizst Arizona State Sun Devils
      • Prediction: Win (#4, 11-0)
    • Week 13 @ wast Washington State Cougars
      • Prediction: Win (#3, 12-0)
    • Week 14 vs. utah Utah Utes (Pacific 12 Championship)
      • Prediction: Win (#3, 13-0)
  6. TEXAM Texas A&M Aggies (6-0)
    • Week 8 @ bama Alabama Crimson Tide
      • Prediction: Loss (#9, 6-1)
    • Week 9 vs. nmst New Mexico State Aggies
      • Prediction: Win (#8, 7-1)
    • Week 10 @ msst Mississippi State Bulldogs
      • Prediction: Win (#8, 8-1)
    • Week 11 vs. miss Mississippi Rebels
      • Prediction: Win (#7, 9-1)
    • Week 12 vs. txsa Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners
      • Prediction: Win (#6, 10-1)
    • Week 13 vs. lsu Louisiana State Tigers
      • Prediction: Win (#6, 11-1)
    • Week 14
      • Prediction (#6, 11-1)
  7. LOU Louisville Cardinals (5-1)
    • Week 8 vs. ncst North Carolina State Wolfpack
      • Prediction: Win (#6, 6-1)
    • Week 9 @ uva Virginia Cavaliers
      • Prediction: Win (#5, 7-1)
    • Week 10 @ bc Boston College Golden Eagles
      • Prediction: Win (#5, 8-1)
    • Week 11 vs. wake Wake Forest Demon Deacons
      • Prediction: Win (#5, 9-1)
    • Week 12 @ hou Houston Cougars
      • Prediction: Loss (#9, 9-2)
    • Week 13 vs. uk Kentucky Wildcats
      • Prediction: Win (#9, 10-2)
    • Week 14
      • Prediction (#9, 10-2)
  8. neb Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-0)
    • Week 8 vs. pur Purdue Boilermakers
      • Prediction: Win (#7, 7-0)
    • Week 9 @ wisc Wisconsin Badgers
      • Prediction: Loss (#12, 7-1)
    • Week 10 @ ohiost Ohio State Buckeyes
      • Prediction: Loss (#12, 7-2)
    • Week 11 vs. minn Minnesota Golden Gophers
      • Prediction: Win (#12, 8-2)
    • Week 12 vs. md Maryland Terrapins
      • Prediction: Win (#12, 9-2)
    • Week 13 @ iowa Iowa Hawkeyes
      • Prediction: Win (#12, 10-2)
    • Week 14
      • Prediction: (#12, 10-2)
  9. BAYLOR Baylor Bears (6-0)
    • Week 8
      • Prediction: (#8, 6-0)
    • Week 9 @ texas Texas Longhorns
      • Prediction: Win (#6, 7-0)
    • Week 10 vs. tcu Texas Christian Horned Frogs
      • Prediction: Win (#6, 8-0)
    • Week 11 @ okla Oklahoma Sooners
      • Prediction: Loss (#11, 8-1)
    • Week 12 vs. kstate Kansas State Wildcats
      • Prediction: Win (#10, 9-1)
    • Week 13 @ txtech Texas Tech Red Raiders
      • Prediction: Win (#10, 10-1)
    • Week 14 @ wvu West Virginia Mountaineers
      • Prediction: Loss (#11, 10-2)
  10. wiscWisconsin Badgers (4-2)
    • Week 8 @ iowa Iowa Hawkeyes
      • Prediction: Win (#10, 5-2)
    • Week 9 vs. neb Nebraska Cornhuskers
      • Prediction: Win (#9, 6-2)
    • Week 10 @ nw Northwestern Wildcats
      • Prediction: Win (#9, 7-2)
    • Week 11 vs. ill Illinois Fighting Illini
      • Prediction: Win (#8, 8-2)
    • Week 12 @ pur Purdue Boilermakers
      • Prediction: Win (#7, 9-2)
    • Week 13 vs. minn Minnesota Golden Gophers
      • Prediction: Win (#7, 10-2)
    • Week 14 vs. ohiost Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten Championship)
      • Prediction: Loss (#10, 10-3)
  11. HOU Houston Cougars (6-1)
    • Week 8 @ smu Southern Methodist Mustangs
      • Prediction: Win (#11, 7-1)
    • Week 9 vs. ucf Central Florida Knights
      • Prediction: Win (#10, 8-1)
    • Week 10
      • Prediction: (#10, 8-1)
    • Week 11 vs. tulane Tulane Green Wave
      • Prediction: Win (#9, 9-1)
    • Week 12 vs. lou Louisville Cardinals
      • Prediction: Win (#8, 10-1)
    • Week 13 @ mem Memphis Tigers
      • Prediction: Win (#8, 11-1)
    • Week 14 vs. sfla South Florida Bulls (AAC Championship)
      • Prediction: Win (#7, 12-1)
  12. wvu West Virginia Mountaineers (5-0)
    • Week 8 vs. tcu Texas Christian Horned Frogs
      • Prediction: Win (#12, 6-0)
    • Week 9 @ okst Oklahoma State Cowboys
      • Prediction: Win (#11, 7-0)
    • Week 10 vs. kansas Kansas Jayhawks
      • Prediction: Win (#11, 8-0)
    • Week 11 @ texas Texas Longhorns
      • Prediction: Win (#10, 9-0)
    • Week 12 vs. okla Oklahoma Sooners
      • Prediction: Loss (#11, 9-1)
    • Week 13 @ iowast Iowa State Cyclones
      • Prediction: Win (#11, 10-1)
    • Week 14 vs. baylor Baylor Bears
      • Prediction: Win (#8, 11-1)

 

Projected College Football Playoff Matchups (as of Week 7)

BAMA #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-0) vs. CLEM #4 Clemson Tigers (12-1)

OHIOST #2 Ohio State Buckeyes (13-0)  vs. WASH #3 Washington Huskies (13-0)

 

-Asher Fair