Big 12 Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 5

Big 12 schedule and previews for the Week 5 games, highlighted by Oklahoma at TCU, Oklahoma State at Baylor, and Iowa State at Kansas

Big 12 schedule and previews for all of the Week 5 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Oklahoma at TCU, Oklahoma State at Baylor, and Iowa State at Kansas


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Results So Far
Straight Up 25-9, ATS 17-16-1, o/u 23-12

Saturday, October 1

Oklahoma at TCU

12:00, ABC
Line: Oklahoma -6.5, o/u: 68.5

Texas Tech at Kansas State

12:00, ESPN+/Big 12 Network
Line: Kansas State -8, o/u: 57.5

Oklahoma State at Baylor

3:30, FOX
Line: Baylor -2.5, o/u: 56

Iowa State at Kansas

3:30, ESPN2
Line: Iowa State -3, o/u: 57.5

West Virginia at Texas

7:30, FS1
Line: Texas -9.5, o/u: 62

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Oklahoma vs TCU Prediction, Game Preview

Oklahoma vs TCU game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 5 game on Saturday, October 1

Oklahoma vs TCU prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 5, Saturday, October 1


Oklahoma vs TCU How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 1
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Amon G Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
How To Watch: ABC
Record: Oklahoma (3-1), TCU (3-0)
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Oklahoma vs TCU Game Preview

Why Oklahoma Will Win

The Sooner offense worked just fine against Kansas State.

The defense couldn’t figure out Adrian Martinez, but Dillon Gabriel and the offense cranked out 550 yards with great balance, tons of big plays, no mistakes, and 34 points, and it just wasn’t enough.

The O might not be the wild and crazy version it was under Lincoln Riley, but there aren’t any mistakes – just one turnover so far – the line has been solid, and the consistent production is there.

TCU doesn’t take the ball away – it’s not going to win the turnover margin battle here – and the secondary has been hit hard so far, but …

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Why TCU Will Win

Can Oklahoma’s defense stop solid, mobile quarterbacks? It sure couldn’t do it against Kansas State, and now it gets the combination of Max Duggan and Chandler Morris, who won’t start but is back after getting banged up.

The Horned Frogs have been able to ease their way into the season with two road wins over Colorado and SMU that seemed scarier before the season started, and now the team should be ready to go.

The passing game has been great so far – the quarterbacks combining to hit 76% of their passes – the defense is solid against the run, and like OU, the turnovers aren’t there with just one lost fumble in three games.

The O has the ability to keep surging and working with whatever pace is set, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

The TCU defense didn’t have to work against Colorado or Tarleton State, and then SMU came out and threw well and made it close in a 42-34 Horned Frog win.

Oklahoma might have had a rough day against K-State, but it’s still great at generating pressure in the backfield, the run D shouldn’t get gouged this week, and in a fun back-and-forth fight, Gabriel and company should take over midway through the third.

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Oklahoma vs TCU Prediction, Line

Oklahoma 40, TCU 30
Line: Oklahoma -6.5, o/u: 68.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Oklahoma vs TCU Must See Rating (out of 5): 4

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Big 12 Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 4

Big 12 schedule and previews for all of the Week 4 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Texas at Texas Tech, Kansas State at Oklahoma, and Baylor at Iowa State

Big 12 schedule and previews for all of the Week 4 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Texas at Texas Tech, Kansas State at Oklahoma, and Baylor at Iowa State


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Results So Far
Straight Up 21-7, ATS 14-13-1, o/u 22-7

Thursday, September 22

West Virginia at Virginia Tech

7:30, ESPN
Prediction: West Virginia 27, Virginia Tech 23
Line: West Virginia -1.5, o/u: 51.5

Saturday, September 24

Baylor at Iowa State

12:00, ESPN2
Line: Iowa State -2.5, o/u: 45.5

Duke at Kansas

12:00, FS1
Line: Kansas -7.5, o/u: 66.5

TCU at SMU

12:00, ESPNU
Line: TCU -2.5, o/u: 70.5

Texas at Texas Tech

3:30, ESPN
Line: Texas -6.5, o/u: 61.5

Kansas State at Oklahoma

8:00, FOX

Line: Oklahoma -12.5, o/u: 52.5

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TCU vs SMU Prediction, Game Preview

TCU vs SMU game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 4 game on Saturday, September 24

TCU vs SMU prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 4, Saturday, September 24


TCU vs SMU How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 24
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: TCU (2-0), SMU (2-1)
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TCU vs SMU Game Preview

Why TCU Will Win

If it’s possible to be totally rested and ready to roll in Week 4 of the season, that’s TCU.

It started out with a layup win over a horrible Colorado team, got a scrimmage against Tarleton State, and then it got two weeks off to get ready for the 30 mile trip on I-30 to deal with the Mustangs.

The Horned Frogs had no problem whatsoever in the first two games under Sonny Dykes. The passing game rolled two weeks ago, the running game averaged over nine yards per carry in Boulder, and the defense was fine.

QB Chandler Morris is still out, but Max Duggan is more than good enough to handle the starting work. As long as the turnovers are kept to a bare minimum, all should be fine.

SMU has a turnover problem – eight so far – the run defense has been shaky, and the Rhett Lashlee offense doesn’t care a lick about controlling the clock. But …

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Why SMU Will Win

There’s a flip side to only playing two games so far and getting all the rest TCU has had – there’s a chance SMU is sharper.

Yes, turnovers have been an issue with eight so far, but the defense has made up for it with taking it away multiple times in each of the three games. The offense is working – it’s tenth in the nation in passing yards and 12th overall in total O – and it’s going to be the toughest test for the TCU defense by far.

Tanner Mordecai needs to be a bit more accurate – he’s not hitting the 60% mark – but he’s spreading it around well, has ten touchdown passes, and is more than experienced enough to handle the moment against the Big 12 team.

It has only been two games, but TCU hasn’t cranked up the pass rush yet. Give Mordecai time and there’s going to be a problem.

Week 4 Schedule, Predictions, Game Preview

What’s Going To Happen

SMU will bring the offense, but TCU will get the ground game going enough to control the clock and the tempo.

For all of the good things the Mustang offense does, the inability to deal with the time of possession battle – it just doesn’t care – is going to be taxing on the D. TCU will be balanced, the rest defense will be solid, and it’ll be a good win before diving into the Big 12 season.

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TCU vs SMU Prediction, Line

TCU 34, SMU 30
Line: TCU -2.5, o/u: 70.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
TCU vs SMU Must See Rating (out of 5): 3

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Big 12 Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 3

Big 12 schedule and previews for all of the Week 3 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Oklahoma at Nebraska, Texas Tech at NC State, and UTSA at Texas

Big 12 schedule and previews for all of the Week 3 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Oklahoma at Nebraska, Texas Tech at NC State, and UTSA at Texas


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Results So Far
Straight Up 14-5, ATS 9-9-1, o/u 14-6

Oklahoma at Nebraska

12:00, FOX
Line: Oklahoma -11, o/u: 66.5

Texas State at Baylor

12:00, FS1
Line: Baylor -30, o/u: 53

Towson at West Virginia

1:00, Big 12 Network/ESPN+
Line: West Virginia -37.5, o/u: 53.5

Ohio at Iowa State

2:00, Big 12 Network/ESPN+
Line: Ohio -18, o/u: 47.5

Tulane at Kansas State

3:00, Big 12 Network/ESPN+
Line: Kansas State -13.5, o/u: 47.5

Kansas at Houston

4:00, ESPNU
Line: Houston -9, o/u: 57.5

Arkansas-Pine-Bluff at Oklahoma State

7:00, Big 12 Network/ESPN+
Line: Oklahoma State -57.5, o/u: 61.5

Texas Tech at NC State

7:00, ESPN2
Line: NC State -10, o/u: 56

UTSA at Texas

8:00, Longhorn Network
Line: Texas -11.5, o/u: 60.5

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TCU vs Tarleton Prediction, Game Preview

TCU vs Tarleton game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 2 game on Saturday, September 10

TCU vs Tarleton prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 2, Saturday, September 10


TCU vs Tarleton How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 10
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
How To Watch: Big 12 Network/ESPN+
Record: TCU (1-0), Tarleton (1-0)
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TCU vs Tarleton Game Preview

Why Tarleton Will Win

The Texans put up a nice first game against Mississippi Valley State. They got off to a hot start, made a late push, and got through 29-13.

They’re going to bring the fight.

Beau Allen and the passing game should push the Horned Frog secondary a bit, the defensive side missed Chandler Morris – the TCU starting QB is out with a knee injury – and …

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Why TCU Will Win

This is the game to get everything else up to speed.

Yes, the Horned Frogs will be missing Morris, but Max Duggan is hardly a No. 2 quarterback – he could’ve easily have been the starter.

The offense that roared in the second half of the 38-13 win over Colorado will run as much as it wants – Mississippi Valley State was able to rip off 200 yards on the Texans – but it’ll be Duggan and the passing attack that should put this away fast.

The defensive front should live in the Tarleton backfield, the secondary will hold up fine against Allen, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

The Sonny Dykes era will continue with the good start.

His offense didn’t wing it around against Colorado, but it didn’t have to. This will be the game to get the passing attack working, the defense will clean up anything it has to, and this will be a nice, easy day at the office to get ready for the trip up the road to SMU.

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TCU vs Tarleton Prediction, Line

TCU 48, Tarleton 3
Line: TCU -37, o/u: 63
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
TCU vs Tarleton Must See Rating (out of 5): 1

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Big 12 Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 2

Big 12 schedule and previews for all of the Week 2 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Alabama at Texas, Arizona State at Oklahoma State, and Baylor at BYU

Big 12 schedule and previews for all of the Week 2 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Alabama at Texas, Arizona State at Oklahoma State, and Baylor at BYU


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Results So Far
Straight Up 9-1, ATS 7-3, o/u 6-4

Alabama at Texas

12:00, FOX
Line: Alabama -20, o/u: 61.5

Missouri at Kansas State

12:00, ESPN2
Line: Kansas State -7.5, o/u: 57

Houston at Texas Tech

4:00, FS1
Line: Texas Tech -3, o/u: 65.5

Iowa State at Iowa

4:00, BTN
Line: Iowa -3.5, o/u: 41

Kansas at West Virginia

6:00, Big 12 Network/ESPN+
Line: West Virginia -13.5, o/u: 60

Kent State at Oklahoma

7:00, ESPN+
Line: Oklahoma -32.5, o/u: 71.5

Arizona State at Oklahoma State

7:30, ESPN2
Line: Oklahoma State -11, o/u: 57.5

Tarleton at TCU

8:00, Big 12 Network/ESPN+
Line: TCU -37, o/u: 63

Baylor at BYU

10:15, ESPN
Line: BYU -3.5, o/u: 53.5

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TCU vs Colorado Prediction, Game Preview

TCU vs Colorado game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 1 game on Friday, September 2

TCU vs Colorado prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Friday, September 2


TCU vs Colorado How To Watch

Date: Friday, September 2
Game Time: 10:00 ET
Venue: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: TCU (0-0), Colorado (0-0)
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TCU vs Colorado Game Preview

Why TCU Will Win

One of the Big 12’s better offenses in 2021 should be even better under new head coach Sonny Dykes.

The Horned Frogs are loaded at receiver, Max Duggan is an underappreciated talent at quarterback, and the balance will be there with a good running game behind a veteran offensive line.

Colorado has to prove it found a pass rush over the offseason, and it has to go from nothing to great in a hurry offensively to keep up the pace. The Buffaloes struggled to get to 20 points – it only scored more than that four times last season – with the second-worst O in college football yardage-wise.

The transfer portal didn’t do enough to take the attack to a whole other level – it needs QB JT Shrout to be amazing coming off a torn ACL, or Brendon Lewis has to be better.

Fortunately for Colorado …

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Why Colorado Will Win

The TCU pass rush isn’t going to be a thing for a little while.

The defense was a stunning disaster last season mostly because it couldn’t do much of anything up front. It would have been a massive help to get a few cupcake games in before this to get everyone in place around the veteran linebackers, but the run D that allowed 222 yards per game will get pushed and tested right away.

No, the Colorado offense isn’t going to be Ohio State, but the running game will come out smashing with a revamped line around Alabama transfer Tommy Brown.

Again, the TCU receiving corps and passing game should be great, but Colorado has the defensive backs to hold up – the secondary might be the team’s biggest strength right away.

Week 1 Schedule, Predictions, Game Previews, Thursday & Friday

What’s Going To Happen

Both teams are coming off of wildly disappointing seasons. The Colorado offense that didn’t do much of anything will suddenly find a spark at home, the TCU defense that didn’t much of anything will generate more big stops and should be more effective, and …

For all of Colorado’s problems, it was it 3-0 at home after an October 2nd loss to USC – and was 0-5 on the road. TCU was 0-4 on the road over the same stretch.

Of course that shouldn’t matter – new year, new teams, new styles – but the Buffs being in Boulder helps.

The offensive line will come up with a great performance in the late night setting, but it’ll be the defense that rises up with a good fourth quarter to survive a fun – and somewhat shocking – end to Friday before it Week 1 really gets humming the next morning.

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TCU vs Colorado Prediction, Line

Colorado 30, TCU 27
Line: TCU -13.5, o/u: 55.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 4

TCU vs Colorado Must See Rating: 3.5

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CFN Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team, Top 30 Players: Preview 2022

Who are the best players in the Big 12 going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-Big 12 team,  and top 30 players.

Who are the best players in the Big 12 going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-Big 12 team,  and top 30 players.


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2022 Preseason CFN Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year

RB Bijan Robinson, Jr. Texas

Okay, so he has been a bit more promise than actual production, but the superstar prospect has been outstanding when healthy, and now he should be the main man for a loaded Texas offense loaded with skill talent.

He’s got the size, quickness, and burst, running for 1,830 yards and 15 touchdowns with 41 catches and six scores in his first two years – but he can to a whole lot more. He’s an NFL starting running back hanging out in college, and now it’s salary drive time with a possible Heisman run along the way.

2022 Preseason CFN Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year

DE Will McDonald, Sr. Iowa State

The Cyclones might be in a bit of a rebuilding mode, but the defense should still be terrific starting with they’re outstanding two-time First Team All-Big 12 – and 2021 All-American – pass rusher who’s back for his fifth season.

The 6-3, 236-pounder started out well in his first two seasons, and then blew up with 22 sacks and 26 tackles for loss over the last two seasons from his hybrid position on the outside.

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Big 12 Team: Offense

QB Dillon Gabriel, Jr. Oklahoma

RB Bijan Robinson, Jr. Texas

RB Deuce Vaughn, Jr. Kansas State

WR Marvin Mims, Jr. Oklahoma

WR Xavier Worthy, Jr. Texas

TE Ben Sims, Sr, Baylor

OT Cooper Beebe, Jr. Kansas State

OG/C Trevor Downing, Sr. Iowa State

C Jacob Gall, Sr. Baylor

OG Doug Nester, Jr. West Virginia

OT Connor Galvin, Sr. Baylor

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Big 12 Team: Defense

DE Brock Martin, Sr. Oklahoma State

DT Siaki Ika, Jr. Baylor

DT Dante Stills, Sr. West Virginia

DE Will McDonald, Sr. Iowa State

LB Dillon Doyle, Jr. Baylor

LB DeMarvion Overshown, Sr. Texas

LB Daniel Green, Sr. Kansas State

CB Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, Sr. TCU

S Kenny Logan, Sr. Kansas

S Jason Taylor, Sr. Oklahoma State

CB Woodi Washington, Jr. Oklahoma

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Big 12 Team: Special Teams

PK Casey Legg, Sr. West Virginia

P Michael Turk, Sr. Oklahoma

KR Malik Knowles, Sr. Kansas State

PR Jaylin Noel, Soph. Iowa State

CFN 2022 Team Previews 
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Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Oklahoma
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College Football News 2022 Preseason Top 30 Big 12 Players

30. Tyree Wilson, DE Sr. Texas Tech

29. Trevor Downing, C/G Sr. Iowa State

28. Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB Sr. TCU

27. Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE Jr. Kansas State

26. Tyler Lacy, DE Sr. Oklahoma State

25. Anton Harrison, OT Jr. Oklahoma

24. Max Duggan, QB Sr. TCU

23. Cooper Beebe, OT Jr. Kansas State

22. DeMarvion Overshown, LB Sr. Texas

21. Tyler Shough, QB Sr. Texas Tech

20. Collin Oliver, DE Soph. Oklahoma State

19. Jacob Gall, C Sr. Baylor

18. Quinn Ewers, QB Fr. Texas

17. Brock Martin, DE Sr. Oklahoma State

16. Adrian Martinez, QB Sr. Kansas State

15. Dillon Doyle, LB Jr. Baylor

14. Xavier Hutchinson, WR Sr. Iowa State

13. Spencer Sanders, QB Sr. Oklahoma State

12. Quentin Johnston, WR Jr. TCU

11. Dante Stills, DT Sr. West Virginia

10. JT Daniels, QB Jr. West Virginia

9. Dillon Gabriel, QB Jr. Oklahoma

8. Kenny Logan, S Sr. Kansas

7. Siaki Ika, DT Jr. Baylor

6. Marvin Mims, WR Jr. Oklahoma

5. Xavier Worthy, WR Jr. Texas

4. Connor Galvin, OT Sr. Baylor

3. Deuce Vaughn, RB Jr. Kansas State

2. Will McDonald, DE Sr. Iowa State

1. Bijan Robinson, RB Jr. Texas

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Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Oklahoma
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25 Winningest Programs To Not Make The College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff: 25 winningest teams to not make the tournament

What are the 25 winningest programs to not make the College Football Playoff? Here are the top schools in the CFP era to miss out on the fun.


Cincinnati and Michigan were able to make the College Football Playoff last season. Their doors might have been blown off by Alabama and Georgia, respectively, but they at least brought some new energy to the mini-tournament.

The College Football Playoff has only been around for eight seasons and just 13 schools – Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington – have played in it and just five won it all.

That means 90% of the FBS college football programs haven’t been in the post-season – at least the version that matters – since this grand experiment started.

That’s the equivalent of only 36 college basketball programs making the NCAA Tournament over the last eight years – which is a good idea, by the way, but I digress.

What college football programs were able to win a lot of games over the last eight years without the playoff payoff? 25 have won 60 or more games in eight seasons – averaging 7.5 a year, but it’s better than that considering some played a short schedule in 2020 – without getting the call.

If you didn’t get to 60 victories – no Texas, or Tennessee, or Nebraska, Michigan State, or North Carolina – you don’t get on the list. So with that, here are the 25 winningest teams to not make the College Football Playoff.

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25. USC

Wins Since 2014: 60
Best Season in CFP Era: 2017, 11-3, Pac-12 champion, Rose Bowl win
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: Strong

Bottom Line: USC might be last on this list, but it’s got the best shot of going to the College Football Playoff this year with Lincoln Riley and a loaded all-star team ready to roll. The 2020 team would’ve had a case for the CFP if it won the Pac-12 title to finish 6-0 – it lost to Oregon, but no unbeaten Power Five champ has ever been left out. It’s been a disappointing run since going 12-1 in 2008. That’s all about to change.
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T22. NC State

Wins Since 2014: 61
Best Season in CFP Era: 2017, 9-4, Sun Bowl win
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: Possible

Bottom Line: The Wolfpack have been strongly consistent since Dave Doeren took over, but they haven’t been able to get a turn in the ACC Championship mix – being in the same division with Clemson has something to do with that. This should be his best team yet, and if it can somehow get by the Tigers on the road, there’s a real shot at going 12-1 with an ACC Championship and a CFP shot. That’s a massive if, though.
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T22. Miami

Wins Since 2014: 61
Best Season in CFP Era: 2017, 10-3, ACC Championship loss, Orange Bowl loss
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: Slim

Bottom Line: Miami flirted with something fun in 2017 with a 10-0 start before losing the last three games. However, had it beaten Clemson in the ACC Championship – it lost 38-3 – it would’ve been in the CFP. This year’s schedule is too tough for a reloading team – with road games at Clemson and Texas A&M – but new head coach Mario Cristobal might just restore the glory in a hurry.
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T22. Western Michigan

Wins Since 2014: 61
Best Season in CFP Era: 2016, 13-1, MAC champion, Cotton Bowl loss
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: None

Bottom Line: Now-Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck led the way to a phenomenal 13-0 regular season with a MAC title in 2016, and it still wasn’t enough to get near the College Football Playoff. The Broncos have been good ever since, but they haven’t been able to come close to repeating the glory. They’ll be strong this season, but even if they can win at Michigan State and against Pitt – and can run through the MAC unbeaten – it still shouldn’t be enough for a CFP shot.
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