Sports analytics from Laura Albert's team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering

NCAA Football forecasts: November 26, 2018

Below are the teams forecasted to make the College Football Playoff based on a simulation of the remaining season and conference championship games. These are different than the rankings (see this week’s NCAA football rankings), since this list takes the remaining football season into account, including possible conference championship games.

Notre Dame is in the playoff. Alabama and Georgia have both clinched berths in the SEC championship game, and Clemson has clinched a berth in the ACC championship game. I have Alabama and Clemson ranked in the top 4 even if they lose.


  1. Alabama
  2. Notre Dame
  3. Clemson

Teams playing for the last spot:

  • Ohio St
  • Georgia
  • Oklahoma