We are down to the final Saturday of the 2020 college football season with conference championship games and some postponed games remaining for the teams in contention to earn one of four bids for the College Football Playoff. As such, the playoff picture is becoming much clearer.
The number of teams with a path this year seems smaller than usual, but it’s not. What’s smaller are the chances for some of the teams a bit further out of the field to pop in. There are only seven teams with any chance whatsoever of earning that key selection on Sunday, Dec. 20, and they will be fighting for two spots because the other two are already set in stone.
Without further ado, here is a ranking of the remaining CFP contenders in order of how likely they are to find their way into the four-team field along with an explanation of what each team needs to accomplish to get in. These are being updated as games are completed Saturday.
In addition to this list of playoff contenders, I have released my penultimate bowl projections for the 2020-21 season. Reminder: These projections are not how things stand now but rather how I expect them to look following the conference championship games Saturday.
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