Ranking path of the 7 surviving teams

Who’s Still Alive in the Hunt for the 2023-2023 College Football Playoffs? Ahead of week 13, here are the seven teams still alive and what they need to do to get in.

Tennessee is now out of the college football playoff mix after being rocked by South Carolina, and every dream North Carolina might have had went bye after a shocking loss to Georgia Tech.

So now, realistically, we’re down to seven teams in the hunt for the college football playoffs. What do they have to do to get in, and who has the easiest way and the hardest way?

This isn’t a ranking of the top seven teams – this is our ranking of all 131 teams – it’s about a combination of talent, clearest path and overall pecking order.

College Football Playoff Chase ranking path of the 7 teams still alive

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7. LSU Tigers (9-2)

Remaining schedule: at Texas A&M, SEC Championship vs. Georgia

What LSU needs to do to make the College Football Playoffs: In the next two weeks it has to look like this.

The 41-10 win over UAB was what a team should do in the college football playoffs, and the victories over Alabama and Arkansas were nice, but they were close, close fights. Now it must crush a mediocre Texan A&M team on the road and beat Georgia in the SEC Championship.

That, and it takes two of the three champions — assuming the Ohio State-Michigan winner doesn’t lose the Big Ten title — from the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 to have at least two losses.

Will LSU Reach the College Football Playoffs? 1) There could be trouble down the road against a Texas A&M team that will see this season finale as their World Cup final. 2) It’ll probably beat Texas A&M, but it probably won’t beat Georgia. 3) If it beats Georgia, it’s probably still not over Georgia — unless it’s a blowout — and unlikely to get help from three of the other four Power Five conference championships.

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6. Clemson Tigers (10-1)

Remaining schedule: South Carolina, ACC Championship vs. North Carolina

What Clemson needs to do to make the College Football Playoffs: Win and get help.

It actually captured a wonderful break for South Carolina to come after the blowout win over Tennessee. Now, a win over the Gamecocks would be a massive boost in the college football playoff chase as the rough performance against Notre Dame is fresh.

Clemson is sticking with the idea of ​​a 12-1 Power Five Conference champion coming in when there are no other viable options, and needs to lose USC again — that’s the most realistic key possibility — and holding up against South Carolina and North Carolina would be nice.

Will Clemson Reach the College Football Playoffs? Stay with the call for most of the year…yes. The call is for Clemson to win his last two games and TCU somehow has a problem, either against Iowa State — unlikely — or in the Big 12 Championship.

The committee would almost certainly prefer a 12-1 ACC champion to a non-championship 12-1 Big 12 team. If that happens and Georgia knocks out LSU — and/or if USC loses again — Clemson will be there.

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5. USC Trojans (10-1)

Remaining schedule: Notre Dame, Pac-12 Championship

What USC must do to reach the College Football Playoffs: Go 2-0.

The only reason USC isn’t in the top four is because they’re more likely to lose one of their last two games. However, if there were three options, the committee decided would have to take – SEC champ Georgia, the Big Ten champ and 13-0 Big 12 champ TCU – 12-1 USC would 99% sure get the nod over 12-1 Clemson.

And why? Next up for USC is the Notre Dame team, who beat Clemson 35-14.

Will USC Reach the College Football Playoffs? Yes – let’s go. It’s going to be a fight, but after beating UCLA it’s over if USC goes 2-0 with wins over Notre Dame and either Oregon, Utah or Washington in the Pac-12 championship. It won’t be easy, but the team rose to the challenge against the Bruins.

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4. TCU Horned Frogs (11-0)

Remaining schedule: State of Iowa, Big 12 Championship

What TCU must do to reach the College Football Playoffs: Go like USC 2-0 and get in.

Don’t believe the fake talking points and bizarre narratives being pushed by some that the world is out for TCU. No way, no way, NO CHANCE would a 13-0 Big 12 champion be left out. That was the case before last weekend and it’s continuing into this week.

Now, a 12-1 with a loss to Iowa State and a win in the Big 12 Championship would be a problem, and pretty much forget it — at least without a ton of help — if 12-0 TCU loses the conference title game.

Will TCU Reach the College Football Playoffs? The call remains no, but that’s assuming Kansas State wins the regular-season rematch in the Big 12 Championship — or if the Iowa State defense gets up and rocks this week. However, if TCU wins, it’s no worse than the 2-3 seed – it doesn’t matter which.

3. Michigan Wolverines (11-0)

Remaining schedule: in the state of Ohio

What Michigan Must Do To Reach The College Football Playoffs: Beat Ohio State, win the Big Ten championship for the second straight year, return to the college football playoffs.

Here’s the big problem — and that’s why Michigan should probably be ranked lower. Michigan is done with a loss to Ohio State unless a whole host of other big things happen.

If it beats Ohio State and loses to, say, Iowa in the Big Ten Championship, it could still be Game On for the college football playoffs. But losing to the Buckeyes, and a couple of conference champions would have to suffer back-to-back losses.

Will Michigan Reach the College Football Playoffs? no The call continues to be Ohio state this week, but Michigan did last year. If it beats the buckeyes, it won’t lose to anything that comes from the west.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0)

Remaining schedule: Michigan

What Ohio State Must Do To Reach The College Football Playoffs: Beat Michigan, win Big Ten championship, be 2nd seedling at worst, 1 seedling if Georgia loses.

There’s one crucial difference between Michigan and Ohio State’s losses — even though it’s at home, a loss to Michigan might not snuff out all college football playoff hopes.

The Wolverines have no resume when it goes 11-1. A one-loss Ohio State beat Notre Dame — Clemson didn’t — and could still win against a 12-1 Big 12 Championship loser TCU and likely an ACC champion Clemson with a loss to South Carolina this week.

In other words, the options are still open for the CFP if everything goes wrong against That Team Up North.

Will Ohio State make the College Football Playoffs? Yes. The team is struggling and nowhere near as invincible as they probably should be given the level of talent, but this is the one game they’ve been waiting for – more than anything that could come after. It won’t screw up, and it almost certainly won’t lose the Big Ten championship.

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1. Georgia Bulldogs (11-0)

Remaining schedule: Georgia Tech, SEC Championship vs. LSU

What Georgia must do to reach the College Football Playoffs: Win one of the next two games.

It could be a big challenge for America to sell Georgia Has being there when it loses to Georgia Tech at home, but losing that, winning the SEC championship and getting in. Or beating Georgia Tech, losing near LSU and still almost certainly getting in.

At this point, with victories over Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee and Ole Miss, it will be difficult to keep the defending champion out unless he loses his last two games or is destroyed by LSU.

Will Georgia Reach the College Football Playoffs? Yes. It’ll take a meltdown to keep the Dawgs from getting in, even if they lose to LSU.

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