College Football Playoff Pool

Updated through games played on 9/16/2017

Every week we update our pool of teams that is still in the running for the College Football Playoff. We organize teams into four groups of teams based on the priority they are likely to receive from the College Football Playoff selection committee.


Group 1
Undefeated teams from Power 5 conferences

Group 2
One-loss teams from Power 5 conferences

Group 3
Any team or conference champion with two or more losses from a Power 5 conference or, possibly, a one-loss team from a Group of 5 conference that may warrant consideration under unique circumstances (e.g., a two-loss SEC champion). These teams won’t be listed until it becomes apparent that they may have an opportunity to make the College Football Playoff field based on whether there are enough Group 1 and/or Group 2 teams.

Group 4
Undefeated teams from Group of 5 conferences


Our Current Rankings


RankingTeamConferenceGroupW-LNext Game
1WisconsinBig TenGroup 13-09/30: Northwestern
2MinnesotaBig TenGroup 13-09/30: Maryland
3Washington St.Pac-12Group 13-09/23: Nevada
4Virginia TechACCGroup 13-09/23: Old Dominion
5ClemsonACCGroup 13-09/23: Boston College
6OklahomaBig 12Group 13-09/23: at Baylor
7AlabamaSECGroup 13-09/23: at Vanderbilt
8USCPac-12Group 13-09/23: at California
9Miami (FL)ACCGroup 11-09/23: Toledo
10MichiganBig TenGroup 13-09/23: at Purdue
11OregonPac-12Group 13-09/23: at Arizona St.
12WashingtonPac-12Group 13-09/23: at Colorado
13Penn StateBig TenGroup 13-09/23: at Iowa
14GeorgiaSECGroup 13-09/23: Mississippi St.
15Oklahoma St.Big 12Group 13-09/23: TCU
16MarylandBig TenGroup 12-09/23: UCF
17UtahPac-12Group 13-09/22: at Arizona
18DukeACCGroup 13-09/23: at North Carolina
19Wake ForestACCGroup 13-09/23: at Appalachian St.
20Michigan St.Big TenGroup 12-09/23: Notre Dame
21Texas TechBig 12Group 12-09/23: at Houston
22Mississippi St.SECGroup 13-09/23: at Georgia
23IowaBig TenGroup 13-09/23: Penn St.
24TCUBig 12Group 13-09/23: at Oklahoma St.
25ColoradoPac-12Group 13-09/23: Washington
26KentuckySECGroup 13-09/23: Florida
27CaliforniaPac-12Group 13-09/23: USC
28VanderbiltSECGroup 13-09/23: Alabama
29Kansas St.Big 12Group 22-19/30: Baylor
30NorthwesternBig TenGroup 22-19/30: at Wisconsin
31Iowa St.Big 12Group 22-19/28: Texas
32IllinoisBig TenGroup 22-19/29: Nebraska
33Ohio StateBig TenGroup 22-19/23: UNLV
34LouisvilleACCGroup 22-19/23: Kent St.
35TennesseeSECGroup 22-19/23: UMass
36LSUSECGroup 22-19/23: Syracuse
37West VirginiaBig 12Group 22-19/23: at Kansas
38IndianaBig TenGroup 21-19/23: Georgia Southern
39South CarolinaSECGroup 22-19/23: LA Tech
40Florida St.SECGroup 20-19/23: NC State
41AuburnSECGroup 22-19/23: at Missouri
42Georgia TechACCGroup 21-19/23: Pittsburgh
43FloridaSECGroup 21-19/23: at Kentucky
44Notre DameINDGroup 22-19/23: at Michigan St.
45Texas A&MSECGroup 22-19/23: Arkansas
46ArkansasSECGroup 21-19/23: Texas A&M
47ArizonaPac-12Group 22-19/22: Utah
48UCLAPac-12Group 22-19/23: at Stanford
49VirginiaACCGroup 22-19/22: at Boise St.
50NC StateACCGroup 22-19/23: at Florida St.
51PurdueBig TenGroup 22-19/23: Michigan
52SyracuseACCGroup 22-19/23: at LSU
53MemphisAACGroup 42-09/23: Southern Illinois
54USFAACGroup 43-09/21: Temple
55NavyAACGroup 42-09/23: Cincinnati
56HoustonAACGroup 42-09/23: Texas Tech
57UTSAC-USAGroup 42-09/23: at Texas St.
58San Diego St.MWCGroup 43-09/23: at Air Force
59Eastern MichiganMACGroup 42-09/23: Ohio
60UCFAACGroup 41-09/23: at Maryland
61ToledoMACGroup 43-09/23: at Miami (FL)