One-Loss Teams That Still Have A Shot At Making College Football Playoff Entering Week 5

For the most part, no one-loss team is out of the College Football Playoff yet, which means teams like the USC TrojansMississippi State Bulldogs, Texas A&M Aggies, LSU Tigers, Louisville Cardinals, West Virginia Mountaineers, Tennessee Volunteers and so many others are all still alive.

With that said, it’s going to be an uphill battle for every single one-loss team, because that second loss of the season could spell doom when it comes to making the playoff.

Whether we’re talking about the teams mentioned above, or the ones that are in the following slides, the name of the game has to be win.

Auburn Tigers
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The Auburn Tigers‘ lone loss came against the Clemson Tigers by the score of 14-6 on the road. Clemson is the defending national champ, and is ranked No. 2, meaning in no way was that a bad loss for Auburn. Not only does Auburn have a solid ranking of No. 13, but it also has contests against four ranked opponents remaining. If Auburn wins out, then it will have “playoff team” written all over it, especially since its last game of the regular season will, of course, be played against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl.

Ohio State Buckeyes
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The Ohio State Buckeyes went down at home against the Oklahoma Sooners, a team that is ranked No. 3 in the country. Ohio State still has to take the field with the Penn State Nittany Lions and Michigan Wolverines (both are ranked in the top 10 as of right now). If the Buckeyes can win out, and also win the Big Ten championship game, then they will have a great case for the playoff.

Florida Gators
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The Florida Gators are ranked as high as No. 20 in the polls — they have a long way to go if they plan on crashing the CFP. Their loss came against Michigan, and then they rebounded by knocking off the Volunteers, who were ranked No. 23 at the time, and Kentucky Wildcats, in back-to-back games. They still have dates with LSU, Georgia and the Florida State Seminoles. If all goes according to plan for Florida, it will win out, play in the SEC title against a team like Alabama, win and then walk right into the playoff. That might be asking for A LOT from a team that has been struggling on the offensive side of the ball since the Tim TebowUrban Meyer days, but Florida is still alive.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish‘s story: They are ranked No. 22, they lost by one point against Georgia and they have some big-stage games left on their schedule. Case in point: Notre Dame will take on the USC Trojans in October and the Miami Hurricanes in November … and that’s not even counting the regular season finale with Stanford. What really hurts the Fighting Irish is that they don’t play in a conference, which means they also won’t be partaking in a conference title game, and the College Football Playoff committee tends to frown upon that. Would the committee really hold Notre Dame back if it ran the tables and only had a one-point blemish on its schedule? Time will tell.

Oklahoma State Cowboys
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys are ranked as high as No. 14, their loss came against the TCU Horned Frogs and they still have dates with West Virginia and Oklahoma. Just like every other team featured above, if the Cowboys win out, they will be in contention for a spot in the playoff. What really bodes well for Oklahoma State is the fact that it gets the Sooners at home.