With the College Football Playoff projections set to be released next week, it’s the perfect time to study the 1-loss teams in college football. Currently, there are a plethora of College Football Playoff hopefuls, but with a little over a month left, these numbers are likely to dwindle. Entering the final weekend of October, the number of 1-loss teams stands at a lucky 13.
The Florida State Seminoles had everything rolling until a disappointing second half against Georgia Tech. The Seminoles were shutout in the second half of a game where they seemed to control early. However, the way the Seminoles lost was cruel and unusual. Right now, it looks like the Seminoles are out of the College Football Playoff picture, but they have a fair amount of opportunities to get back into the chase. Obviously, the Seminoles have to win them all.
The Seminoles aren’t used to losing conference games, and their loss to the Yellow Jackets ended a run of 28 straight wins. If the Seminoles won their remaining games, they would be on a six game streak after a victory in the ACC title game.
Their toughest game is against the No.3 Clemson Tigers. They also face the Florida Gators in the season finale. The Gators also have one loss this season. The battle could mean more than state bragging rights this season. Both teams could be vying for a top four ranking.
Out of the Power Five conferences, only the PAC-12 has every member with a loss. Like Florida State, the Utah Utes sustained their first loss of the season over the weekend. Could the PAC-12 be the odd conference left out of the College Football Playoff this season?
ACC (4) Florida State, Duke, Pittsburgh, North Carolina
The Florida State Seminoles joined three other 1-loss teams in ACC Play. While the Seminoles defeat came in conference play, Duke, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina are all undefeated in the conference. They will battle it out for a spot in the ACC Championship game. The winner of the ACC Coastal will likely play Clemson or Florida State in the conference title game.
SEC (2) Florida, Alabama
Alabama showed resiliency during their win over Tennessee. Still, they don’t control their fate in the SEC West. The Crimson Tide need help, but most importantly, they need to help themselves. Meanwhile, the Florida Gators are leading the SEC East. If they win the rest of their games, the Gators will be in play for the College Football Playoff spot.
PAC-12 (2) Stanford, Utah
The Stanford Cardinal could be playing the best football in the country right now. However, their loss to Northwestern may loom large in the end. Due to Utah’s loss to USC, the Cardinal won’t have a chance to face another undefeated team this season.
Big 12 (1) Oklahoma Sooners
The Oklahoma Sooners are the lone Big 12 team with a single loss. However, the Sooners have a great chance to earn a College Football Playoff spot. They have big games with TCU, Baylor, and Oklahoma State coming up. Seth Russell’s season ending injury also changes life in the Big 12.
IND (1) Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s only loss came to Clemson. They have an undefeated Temple team on the schedule. Later in the season, they finish up with Stanford. Could there be a College Football Playoff berth on the line?
CUSA (1) Marshall
Marshall has their three toughest conference games at the end of the season. Currently, they are in a tie for the Conference USA lead with Western Kentucky. The season finale should be a wild one.
AAC (1) Navy Midshipmen
Navy is undefeated in the AAC, but they aren’t the favorites to make the conference championship game. Their only loss came to Notre Dame. However, there are a pair of undefeated teams directly ahead of the Midshipmen in the West division. If they win out, Navy could be the representative in the Group of Five. They face Memphis and Houston on the road.
Sun Belt (1) Appalachian State
Appalachian State’s only loss is to Clemson. Sure, they lost by 31, but they’ve been dominant ever since. Could the Mountaineers be in line for a group of five playoff berth? Not likely, but a 1-loss season would be a great accomplishment.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1)
2. Stanford Cardinal (6-1)
3. Oklahoma Sooners (6-1)
4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1)
5. Florida Gators (6-1)
6. Florida State Seminoles (6-1)
7. Utah Utes (6-1)
8. Duke Blue Devils (6-1)
9.Navy Midshipmen (5-1)
10. Pittsburgh Panthers (6-1)
11. North Carolina (6-1)
12. Marshall Thundering Herd
13. Appalachian State Mountaineers (6-1)