Does your team have a realistic shot at making the 2022-23 college football playoff?
The 2022-23 college football season is now underway and even after week zero there are a couple of teams that have already had their 2022-23 college football playoff hopes dashed. Every single week is going to feel like a must win situation for the majority of the group of five teams, while most power five teams cannot afford more than one or two losses at the most before they are officially eliminated from college football playoff contention.
Heading into the season there were over 130 teams who had their sights set on making a miracle playoff run. Now we are down to less than 120 teams who still have a realistic shot at making the 2022-23 college football playoff this season.
Week Zero College Football Results
The first week of the college football season certainly featured some interesting games, like an absolute thriller between Nebraska and Northwestern in Dublin, Ireland. That game went down to the very end and once again the Nebraska Cornhuskers failed to win a one score football game and the Northwestern Wildcats came away with a week zero victory in an upset and also grabbed a Big Ten Conference victory in the process to put them on top of the Big Ten West division at the moment. However, with the schedule, Nebraska plays a 12-1 Cornhuskers team would still find themselves in the playoffs.
Outside of the featured match up for week zero, there were six other FBS vs FBS matchups, mostly featuring group of five teams. As Vanderbilt put a pounding on the Rainbow Warriors on the road to eliminate Hawaii from playoff contention. While Utah State knocked UConn out and FAU beat Charlotte and picked up a Conference USA win as well.
Nevada and North Texas added wins over New Mexico State and UTEP respectively to move to 1-0 on the season. Illinois picked up a season opening victory over Wyoming and North Carolina beat a depleted FAMU team. While UNLV and Florida State also picked up a pair of wins over FCS opponents as well, in the first game of the season Western Kentucky defeated Austin Peay.
In total, six teams were knocked out of the college football playoff hunt in week zero as, Hawaii, UTEP, New Mexico State, Charlotte, UConn, and Wyoming lost to open the season and the unlikelihood of a one loss group of five team making the playoff is near impossible. Looking ahead to week number one of the season, it provides plenty of opportunities for teams to grab some solid ground in the race for the 2022-23 college football playoff. As Ohio State takes on Notre Dame, Oregon faces the defending national champions, the Georgia Bulldogs, Cincinnati plays Arkansas, Utah plays Florida, and Florida State faces LSU.
While a loss wouldn’t necessarily knock any of those teams out from the major games in week one I would certainly put them in a hole, especially someone like Cincinnati or Notre Dame who either don’t have the schedule or the conference championship game to regain some ground after a loss so early in the season.
Regardless of the results during some of the week one games, it is certain that a number of group of five teams will likely be knocked out of contention as they are usually all out of the running by week four or week five of the college football season. As it mostly would take them going 13 and zero to make a college football playoff appearance, much like Cincinnati last season.