The Ole Miss Rebels joined the list of the one loss teams in college football on Saturday. Their loss left only three undefeated teams left in the country, with only two of those as viable playoff participants.
Last week, we had 18 teams on this list, and it did not dwindle down one bit. Although, Ole Miss was added to the list, Minnesota lost their second game of the season to fall out of the college football playoff race. The official college football playoff projections will be released on Tuesday, and questions remain which way the committee will vote.
The numbers were consistent from a week ago. College football still has 15 teams representing the power conferences, and one Independent team. There are still two teams representing the “group of five” conferences. East Carolina and Colorado State each have one loss, but it will nearly impossible for either team to get playoff consideration in the long run. Notre Dame is the lone one loss team not represented by any conference affiliation.
Even though there are still two undefeated teams remaining, Mississippi State, and Florida State, there’s no question that the majority of the playoff teams are likely coming from this group of 18 teams. The schedule still presents tough pitfalls with head to head match ups, so fans of each team better brace themselves for the carnage.
Here are the previous week one loss team rankings. Has the college football AP poll displayed SEC Bias due to ESPN?
PAC-12 (4) Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah
All four teams survived tough games last week. Only Utah had a home game, and the Utes defeated USC with a game winning drive in the final seconds. The Oregon Ducks have the easiest schedule remaining out of the four teams, but they have their big nemesis coming up. Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah all have to play each other in the PAC-12 South. They’ll be lucky survive what continues to be a gauntlet.
SEC (4) Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Georgia
Last week the SEC had three teams on the list. Now that Ole Miss scored seven points in a loss to LSU, they jumped up to four one loss teams. However, they SEC will be down to three teams at least on Saturday. Auburn and Ole Miss will battle in the SEC West, while Georgia plays Florida. Alabama has a bye week to get ready for LSU.
Big 10 (3) Michigan State, Ohio State, Nebraska
Michigan State and Ohio State have undefeated records in conference play, while Nebraska has the one loss to the Spartans. The battle between Ohio State and Michigan State is coming soon, and the winner is likely to represent the Big 10 East in the conference title game.
Big 12 (3) TCU, Kansas State, Baylor
The Big 12 might be the most overlooked conference when it comes to national championship contenders. With the remaining the schedules, the outlook looks bleak for one of the three one loss teams. Kansas State might have the toughest road ahead literally. TCU really could be the best team in the country, but they have to face West Virginia on the road this week. There’s not a lot of love for Baylor after their loss to West Virginia, but if they win out, the Bears will be in the running for a Big 12 title and playoff spot.
ACC (1) Duke
Duke is the only team in the ACC with one loss. The Blue Devils only played three conference games so far, but they are currently sitting in first place. Duke still has five teams one game behind in the ACC Coastal.
AAC (1) East Carolina
The Pirates looked sloppy in their win over Connecticut. Maybe it was due to the bye week, but East Carolina has to get back on track in a hurry. They still have one of the most explosive offenses in the country.
MWC (1) Colorado State
Colorado State is the only unranked team to have one loss. Their loss to Boise State is keeping the Rams from controlling the Mountain division.
IND (1) Notre Dame
Notre Dame had time to get refreshed after their loss to Florida State. The rest of the schedule looks conducive for the Fighting Irish to get back into real playoff contention. It doesn’t look like they can afford another loss at this point.
Let’s rank the 1-loss teams
1. Georgia (6-1)
2. Michigan State (7-1)
3. TCU (6-1)
4. Ole Miss (7-1)
5. Alabama (7-1)
6. Auburn (6-1)
7. Oregon (7-1)
8. Notre Dame (6-1)
9. Kansas State (6-1)
10. Arizona (6-1)
11.Ohio State (6-1)
12. Arizona State (6-1)
13. Nebraska (7-1)
14. Utah (6-1)
15. East Carolina (6-1)
16. Baylor (6-1)
17. Duke (6-1)
18. Colorado State (7-1)