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


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. Not surprisingly, Clemson is the most likely team in the Playoff due to the being in the ACC. The PAC-12 seems at present like the conference that will miss the playoff.

  1. Clemson
  2. Ohio St
  3. LSU
  4. Alabama
  5. Baylor
  6. Penn St
  7. Georgia
  8. Minnesota
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Utah
  12. Oregon