College Football Playoff Pool

Updated through September 15, 2018

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
01AlabamaSECGroup 13-09/22: Texas A&M
02Boston CollegeACCGroup 13-09/22: at Purdue
03CaliforniaPac-12Group 13-09/29: Oregon
04ClemsonACCGroup 13-09/22: at Georgia Tech
05ColoradoPac-12Group 13-09/28: UCLA
06DukeACCGroup 13-09/22: NC Central
07GeorgiaSECGroup 13-09/22: at Missouri
08IndianaBig TenGroup 13-09/22: Michigan St.
09IowaBig TenGroup 13-09/22: Wisconsin
10LSUSECGroup 13-09/22: LA Tech
11KentuckySECGroup 13-09/22: Mississippi St.
12MinnesotaBig TenGroup 13-09/22: at Maryland
13Mississippi St.SECGroup 13-09/22: at Kentucky
14MissouriSECGroup 13-09/22: Georgia
15Notre DameIndependentGroup 13-09/22: at Wake Forest
16Ohio St.Big TenGroup 13-09/22: Tulane
17OklahomaBig 12Group 13-09/22: Army
18Oklahoma St.Big 12Group 13-09/22: Texas Tech
19OregonPac-12Group 13-09/22: Stanford
20Penn St.Big TenGroup 13-09/21: at Illinois
21StanfordPac-12Group 13-09/22: at Oregon
22SyracuseACCGroup 13-09/22: UConn
23Washington St.Pac-12Group 13-09/21: at USC
24NC StateACCGroup 12-09/22: at Marshall
25Virginia TechACCGroup 12-09/22: at Old Dominion
26West VirginiaBig 12Group 12-09/22: Kansas St.
27Arizona St.Pac-12Group 22-19/22: at Washington
28AuburnSECGroup 22-19/22: Arkansas
29BaylorBig 12Group 22-19/22: Kansas
30FloridaSECGroup 22-19/22: at Tennessee
31IllinoisBig TenGroup 22-19/21: Penn St.
32KansasBig 12Group 22-19/22: at Baylor
33Kansas St.Big 12Group 22-19/22: at West Virginia
34LouisvilleACCGroup 22-19/22: at Virginia
35MarylandBig TenGroup 22-19/22: Minnesota
36Miami (FL)ACCGroup 22-19/22: FIU
37MichiganBig TenGroup 22-19/22: Nebraska
38Ole MissSECGroup 22-19/22: Kent State
39PittsburghACCGroup 22-19/22: at North Carolina
40TCUBig 12Group 22-19/22: at Texas
41TennesseeSECGroup 22-19/22: Florida
42TexasBig 12Group 22-19/22: TCU
43Texas A&MSECGroup 22-19/22: at Alabama
44Texas Tech
Big 12Group 22-19/22: at Oklahoma St.
45UtahPac-12Group 22-19/29: at Washington St.
46VanderbiltSECGroup 22-19/22: South Carolina
47VirginiaACCGroup 22-19/22: Louisville
48Wake ForestACCGroup 22-19/22: Notre Dame
49WashingtonPac-12Group 22-19/22: Arizona State
50WisconsinBig TenGroup 22-19/22: at Iowa
51Michigan St.Big TenGroup 21-19/22: at Indiana
52South CarolinaSECGroup 21-19/22: at Vanderbilt
53BuffaloMACGroup 43-09/22: at Rutgers
54CincinnatiAmericanGroup 43-09/22: Ohio
55North TexasC-USAGroup 43-09/22: at Liberty
56USFAmericanGroup 43-09/22: East Carolina
57AkronMACGroup 42-09/22: at Iowa St.
58LA TechC-USAGroup 42-09/22: at LSU
59MarshallC-USAGroup 42-09/22: NC State
60UCFAmericanGroup 42-09/21: Florida Atlantic

Eliminated Teams by Date of Elimination

9/15/2018: Arkansas, Boise State, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Houston, Iowa State, Louisiana, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio, Oregon State, Rutgers, Toledo, ULM, USC
9/8/2018: Air Force, Arizona, Arkansas State, BYU, Ball State, Charlotte, Fresno State, Georgia State, Liberty, Memphis, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Purdue, Southern Miss, Tulsa, UAB, UCLA
9/2/2018: East Carolina
9/1/2018: Appalachian State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Coastal Carolina, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Kent State, Miami (OH), Middle Tennessee, Navy, Northern Illinois, Old Dominion, Rice, SMU, South Alabama, Temple, Texas State, Troy, UMass, UNLV, UTEP, UTSA, Wyoming
8/31/2018: Army West Point, San Diego State, Utah State, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan
8/30/2018: San Jose State, Tulane, UConn
8/25/2018: Colorado State, New Mexico State