Syracuse football stock watch: Orlando is likely bowl destination

Syracuse football stock watch: Orlando is likely bowl destination

Syracuse football ranked no. 18 in Coaches Poll

With just one week to go, the list of possible College Football Playoff contenders is pretty well pared down. Things are a little more clear cut than last season when there were paths for nine teams to potentially make the field with conference championship week remaining.

You will note that UCF is not listed among the six teams below. I cannot come up with a scenario that gets the Knights any higher than No. 5 in the final CFP Rankings, and even that is probably generous. Last year, UCF was ranked behind every major conference team with fewer than three losses. That may not be true this year, but it will not be ahead of every two-loss team, and that is what would have to happen for the Knights to get into the four-team field.

Here is a ranking of the remaining CFP contenders based on how likely they are to earn a spot in the playoff — along with what each team needs to do in order to get into the field. 

This should be obvious, but if they dont win the Big Ten Championship game – possibly with some style points – theyre not getting in. A 17-14 win would probably require a lot more help from other teams than a 42-17 victory.

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The Syracuse University football team moved back up in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Poll Sunday, landing at no. 18 after defeating Boston College 42-21 Saturday afternoon.

The Orange moved up one spot in the poll after falling to number 19 last week after losing to Notre Dame.

Syracuse remains in the top 20 and finished the regular season 9-3 overall, including 6-2 in the ACC.

Third, Clemson is in with a win in the ACC title game against Pitt. Its probably at least 50/50 that they would make it even with a loss to the Panthers, but if they win, theyre in.

Syracuse ends the year runner-up in the ACC Atlantic division behind Clemson, and now have a strong case for the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

If OSU beats Northwestern on Saturday, but doesnt wind up in the top-four of the Playoff rankings, they would go to the Rose Bowl to play the winner of the Pac-12 Championship.

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