After an interesting Week 4 of college football, there were a few unlucky teams that might have lost the opportunity to make a run at the College Football Playoff. Even if that run might have been unlucky, a win this week (for some against highly ranked opponents) would have helped catapult them up the rankings.
Here are the teams that squandered that chance:
At one point, Oregon nearly went up 31-7 in the third quarter against Stanford. But a fumble returned for a touchdown put Stanford within 10 and gave the Cardinal all the momentum. Of course, Stanford won in overtime. Now, the Ducks are 3-1 with a crucial loss in conference play. With the PAC-12 being relatively weak compared to other conferences, the Ducks need to run the table and get some help. And with Washington and a road game at Utah still on the schedule, it would be safe now to count out the Ducks.
TCU Horned Frogs
TCU lost to Ohio State in a close game in a neutral site. The Playoff Committee would likely forgive this at the end of the season. But what they won’t forgive is a double-digit road loss to previously unranked Texas. The Horned Frogs suffered their second loss of the season. Over the next three games TCU faces a series of different challenges from Iowa State, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma. So with two losses and a not-so-easy schedule, bye-bye TCU.
The Iowa Hawkeyes lost a hard-fought battle at home to Wisconsin. Though it’s just Week 4, the Big Ten West very well could’ve been decided in Iowa on Saturday night. Wisconsin is the division favorite now and Iowa’s best shot at getting to the conference title game went right down the drain against Wiscy. Now, Iowa needs to run the table and see Wisconsin lose twice in conference play. That’s wishful thinking.
Texas A&M Aggies
In Jimbo Fisher’s first crack at Nick Saban as the Aggies head coach, Texas A&M put up a valiant effort against Alabama by covering the spread and keeping Alabama under 50 points. Now, the Aggies have two losses on their resumé to two of the best teams in America, Alabama and Clemson. The Aggies need to run the table and get some help elsewhere. Those types of miracles aren’t worth holding your breath for.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Mississippi State had high hopes coming into the season with a ton of returning talent on both sides of the ball. At 3-0, the Bulldogs seemed to be clicking and climbed to No. 14 in the polls. That is until they went to Commonwealth Stadium and got beat by three touchdowns by Kentucky. The Bulldogs are already in arguably the toughest division in all of college, the SEC West. And now they have a loss before they have even faced the big dogs in Alabama, Auburn, and LSU. Unless something crazy happens with them, Mississippi State is out of the playoff picture.