ESPN: Clemson jumps Georgia, Ohio State in Playoff chances
|2018-09-23 11:53:05.0- -||
We are four full weeks into the season and some College Football Playoff contenders are starting to emerge.
ESPN’s Playoff Predictor bumped Clemson’s chances up 12 percent after grabbing a road win at Georgia Tech Saturday, jumping Ohio State and Georgia to the second-best odds (62) behind Alabama (81).
In terms of movement this week, Notre Dame’s path to the CFP received the biggest boost after pulling away at Wake Forest - not currently in the projected top-four but given a 21 percent improved chance after week four (35 percent). They host a top-10 matchup with Stanford next week (7:30 p.m. NBC).
Outside of the metrics, ESPN’s Playoff pick panel favors Clemson as a projected No. 2 seed meeting Georgia or Ohio State. Mark Schlabach stuck with a Alabama-Clemson semifinal rematch in the 1-4 game.
ESPN FPI projects Clemson with the second-best final record with a 31.9 percent chance of winning out (second-best) and a 69.7 percent chance of winning a conference (best odds in CFB). They see Clemson's toughest remaining regular-season game being at Boston College on Nov. 10 (81.8 win projection).
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