College Football Playoff Rankings: Can Fresno State Crack the Initial Top 25?

College Football Playoff Rankings: Can Fresno State Crack the Initial Top 25?

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College Football Playoff Rankings: Can Fresno State Crack the Initial Top 25?

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Projected College Football Playoff Poll, Week 10

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. Cincinnati
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Michigan State
  6. Oregon
  7. Ohio State
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Michigan
  11. Auburn
  12. Wake Forest
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Ole Miss
  15. Baylor
  16. BYU
  17. Kentucky
  18. Pitt
  19. Houston
  20. UTSA
  21. Coastal Carolina
  22. SMU
  23. North Carolina State
  24. Penn State
  25. Iowa

For Fresno State to make the cut, the committee would have to do something it has never done. Since 2014, no Group of 5 teams have found their way into the first top 25 with more than one loss.

They might find themselves in conversation, then, with flawed Power 5 teams like Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Clemson, all of whom have played against tougher overall opposition. In that case, history suggests that picking from that lot has not boded well for teams like the Bulldogs, though they’ve proven before that more wins down the stretch will definitely change the equation.

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