Notre Dame could push Big 12 out of College Football Playoff, ESPN says

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The Big 12 looks to have a great chance at making the College Football Playoff in 2017, but Notre Dame could cause the conference trouble.

The Fighting Irish are 6-1 and ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25. According to ESPN’s Heather Dinich, the Big 12 and Pac-12 are “most likely” to get pushed out of the playoff field if Notre Dame goes 11-1.

From Dinich:

The Pac-12 is the only Power 5 conference without an undefeated team. According to FPI, there’s a 72 percent chance the Pac-12 winner will have multiple losses and a 50 percent chance for the Big 12.

It’s not a given the Big 12 champion will have multiple losses. TCU is still undefeated and favored in each of its five remaining games. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State each have one loss, so both still have a chance to run the table and finish 12-1.

But if Notre Dame were 11-1 and the Big 12 champion had two losses, the Irish would have the edge. The real question is how a one-loss Big 12 winner would be compared to a one-loss Notre Dame.

The schedule for the Irish would compare well with anyone in the country. Their only loss would be to No. 3 Georgia, and at 11-1 they would have wins over four teams that are currently ranked: No. 8 Miami, No. 14 N.C. State, No. 20 Stanford and No. 21 USC.

A one-loss Big 12 champion could have at least three wins over current ranked teams: two out of TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, plus a rematch against one of those teams in the title game. The conference champion could end up with a fourth or fifth quality win depending on where West Virginia and Iowa State finish in the rankings.

Oklahoma’s resume as a one-loss team would likely stack up the best against Notre Dame thanks to a non-conference win against current No. 6 Ohio State.

It will become more clear how the College Football Playoff committee evaluates the Big 12 and Notre Dame when the it releases its first set of rankings next Tuesday, Oct. 31. In the meantime, all of these teams just need to worry about winning.

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