It’s getting to the point in the college football season where fans can realistically start looking at which four teams will make it to the college football playoff. As usual, there are one or two teams that appear to have the inside track, with a group of others vying for the third and fourth slots.
This year is no different in that regard. Alabama and Georgia are two teams that remain undefeated and are at the top of most lists to get to the playoff. After those two teams, there are a group of schools fighting to remain in the hunt. They include Clemson, Notre Dame, and a trio of Big Ten teams (Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State). And don’t forget the Miami Hurricanes who are still unbeaten heading into their game against Virginia Tech on November 4th.
Let’s take a quick look at each team’s odds to win the championship and what’s ahead with their remaining games.
The Crimson Tide are the prohibitive favorites and are unbeaten at 8-0. They still have three ranked teams on their schedule against LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn, but I fully expect to see Bama in the playoffs.
Ohio State (+300)
The Buckeyes are right back in the mix after their big win over Penn State. However, they may have the toughest road of any of the teams left. A tough road game at Iowa, a surprising Michigan State team that beat them last year and their rival from Ann Arbor, Michigan, still to go.
The defending champs won’t have Deshaun Watson this year, but they’re still capable of returning to the playoff. With one ranked team left on their schedule (NC State), we may just see them again.
Still undefeated, some might think they should have better odds than this. The Bulldogs toughest remaining challenge will be against Auburn on November 11th, and other than Bama, they might be the next closet lock to get to the final four.
Notre Dame (+1100)
The Fighting Irish have just a one-point loss to Georgia marring a perfect record. However, they have two notable games to get through before they can lay claim to a final four spot. Road games at Miami and Stanford will determine if they advance.
Penn State (+2000)
The Nittany Lions, led by Saquon Barkley, still have a shot. The slim loss to the Buckeyes is the only blemish on their record. If they can defeat rival Michigan State on November 4th, they still have a legitimate chance.
The Badgers entered the month of November with a perfect 8-0 record with four games remaining against unranked teams. However, one of those teams is Michigan, and you can bet the Wolverines will be looking to end their season strong. But the Badgers could be hurt by not having Ohio State or Penn State on this years schedule.
Another team that entered November without a loss, the Hurricanes may need a couple of big home wins to advance. Virginia Tech and Notre Dame are in front of them, but should they win out, they may just get there.