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

NCAA Football forecasts: November 6, 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. The remaining games help us understand possible playoff scenarios.

Eight teams have a reasonable chance of getting into the College Football Playoff. The SEC is competetive, and we see that Alabama, the top ranked team in the country, is the fourth most likely team to be selected in the playoff due to the challenging remaining schedule and SEC conference championship game.

  1. Clemson
  2. Notre Dame
  3. Michigan
  4. Alabama
  5. Georgia
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Ohio St
  8. West Virginia