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Here are the 10 teams that still have at least a glimmer of hope in regards to making it into this season’s College Football Playoff (CFP).
- #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0)
- #2 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)
- #3 Clemson Tigers (11-1)
- #4 Washington Huskies (11-1)
- #5 Michigan Wolverines (10-2)
- #6 Wisconsin Badgers (10-2)
- #7 Pennsylvania State Nittany Lions (10-2)
- #8 Colorado Buffaloes (10-2)
- #9 Oklahoma Sooners (9-2)
- #10 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-2)
Following Championship Week, the committee will be looking and considering between six and seven teams for the four spots in the CFP semifinals given that six of the remaining teams will face off against one another and only three will be winners. Here are the teams that will be in consideration for those spots and how they can remain alive following this week.
- #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0) – Win or loss in SEC championship game
- #2 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1) – No championship game
- #3 Clemson Tigers (11-1) – Win in ACC championship game
- #4 Washington Huskies (11-1)/ #8 Colorado Buffaloes (10-2) – Winner of the Pac-12 championship game
- #6 Wisconsin Badgers (10-2)/ #7 Pennsylvania State Nittany Lions (10-2) – Winner of the Big Ten championship game
- #9 Oklahoma Sooners (9-2)/ #10 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-2) – Winner of the unofficial Big XII championship game
- #5 Michigan Wolverines (10-2) – No championship game
This means that even after championship week, there will likely still be lots of talk about who the best four teams really are, with seven being the likely number of teams in that discussion. Alabama and Ohio State will be in that discussion as likely members of the CFP field, while Michigan will be in it with a longshot chance to get it. Clemson will be in the discussion if they win the ACC championship game, as will the winners of the Big Ten championship game, the Pac-12 championship game, and the unofficial Big XII championship game.
Sure, championship week will narrow down the number of teams that have the potential to get into the CFP, but it will still leave lots of room for discussion and potential controversy come selection day on Sunday, December 4th, 2016.