The most intriguing scenario when the first set of college football playoff standings is released on Tuesday involves two away teams trying to break all four – team field

The Bearcats improved to 8-0 at the American Track and Field Conference after knocking out UCF 36-33 on Saturday Cincinnati trailed 14-3 early, but quarterback Desmond Ridder rallied the Bearcats to another conference victory

BYU claimed a 66-14 victory over Northern Alabama, dropping to 9-0 while sailing an independent schedule with the help of Heisman contender Zach Wilson

The placement of these teams will provide clues as to what each team would need to slip into the college football playoffs Here is a step-by-step look at what each team needs to make this possible:

Part 1 is self-explanatory The Bearcats have road trips against Temple and Non 25 Tulsa has left on the schedule, and they could have to play the Golden Hurricane two weeks in a row given the American Athletic Conference split setup this season

Cincinnati have beaten their opponents 327-120 (plus-207) this season The Bearcats have two wins against ranked teams and can add a third against Tulsa The only other teams with multiple wins against ranked teams are the Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and North Carolina

BYU has a 428-125 (plus-303) differential, but the Cougars only have one win against a ranked team The only game left on the schedule is against San Diego State

Both teams have an open date on December 5 Although a head-to-head clash is unlikely, it would raise the profile of both teams Right now, however, Cincinnati has the indoor track between the two teams

This would help eliminate some of the other unbeaten teams in the Group of 5 and independent ranks namely Liberty (8-0), Coastal Carolina (8-0) and Marshall (7-0) The MAC and Mountain West have several undefeated teams, but they played fewer games

Neither of these teams would skip the Bearcats or Cougars on their schedule, but the emergence of more undefeated independent teams and the Group of 5 would make it easier for the committee to downgrade the accomplishment of a regular season. undefeated of these ranks

Cincinnati and BYU need Notre Dame to lose to North Carolina on Black Friday This is the Irishman’s best chance to lose in the regular season, and it would ensure that a possible Clemson-Notre Dame rematch would be a team battle to a defeat

Would the committee take a two-losing Clemson or Notre Dame team against an undefeated BYU or Cincinnati team? Given that no two-losing team have made the college football playoffs, that would be an argument that favors BYU and Cincinnati

That would mean the Irish beat Clemson in the rematch The Tigers would have two losses at that point, and it would be hard to justify placing them against an undefeated team

Notre Dame would also keep Miami out of the playoff photo at this point.It can’t be too hard for Bearcats fans to defend former Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly BYU would benefit from this scenario as well: as a general rule , Notre-Dame would be the main independent It is better that the Irish are crowned champions of the ACC

The Pac-12 entered the weekend with two ranked undefeated teams in Oregon and USC, two undefeated unranked teams in Colorado and Washington, and one team that hasn’t played all season in Utah

The Ducks beat UCLA 38-35 in a shootout, and the Trojans and Utes were prepared for a late-night game that will knock out one of the undefeated ranks

Cincinnati and BYU Need All These Teams To Lose At Least Once Given the shortened conference schedule, it’s possible for the Bearcats and Cougars to bypass these teams in the final standings

These teams want Alabama and Ohio State to remain undefeated This would eliminate other potential candidates from the SEC (Texas A&M, Fla.) and Big Ten (Northwestern) Conference championships could deal with Gators and Wildcats, respectively, and a second loss to Texas A&M would be huge

This initial ranking will be interesting UCF had the highest initial ranking for a Group 5 to No 12 team in 2018 The Bearcats and Cougars should be ranked higher than this Tuesday, and there are fewer obstacles than Usually for the unexpected to happen in this year’s playoffs

The 2020 schedule, which has been largely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, promises to have some additional denials in the extension The CFP, however, has maintained that there will be no expansion. finals take place as scheduled on Jan. 1 If Cincinnati or BYU breaks that ground, then that would quietly speak of expansion and put an end to the idea that a Group of 5 or an independent team not named Notre Dame cannot make the playoffs. eliminatory

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