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3 Easiest Remaining Paths to 2020 College Football Playoff

By David Hayes
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Now that we're officially halfway through the 2019 college football regular season, we're down to just a handful of legitimate 2020 College Football Playoff contenders. But even more importantly, we're also down to a limited number of remaining scenarios and paths to making the postseason for each of those programs.

With the total number of remaining undefeated FBS teams whittled down from 16 to 12 in Week 7, here's a look at the three of the easiest paths to making a potential 2020 CFP appearance this season.

3. No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers

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Toughest Remaining Game: @ No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) – Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
While the Big Ten currently has three undefeated, top-10 teams, Wisconsin undoubtedly has the easiest remaining path to a CFP berth. The Badgers do still have to go on the road to face No. 4 Ohio State in late October, but unlike No. 7 Penn State or the Buckeyes sitting on the opposite side of the conference, the Badgers can still earn a redemption shot at CFP consideration in the Big Ten Championship game. Ohio State will likely handle Wisconsin at home on Oct. 26, but if the Badgers can get the best of No. 23 Iowa at home and No. 20 Minnesota on the road to finish the regular season, an 11-1 Wisconsin team could be staring at a potential CFP play-in game in the Big Ten Championship.

2. No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners

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Toughest Remaining Game: @ No. 18 Baylor Bears (6-0) – Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
Oklahoma's 34-27 Week 7, Red River Rivalry win over then-No. 11 Texas all but closed the book on what will likely prove the Sooners' toughest game of the remaining 2019 regular-season schedule. Both Heisman Trophy hopeful quarterback Jalen Hurts and the Sooners' defense looked solid in their first true test of the season against the Longhorns on Saturday, and now the only remaining ranked opponent on the docket is a trip to face 6-0 Baylor in mid-November. However, there's still a strong chance the Longhorns win out in conference play to earn a redemption shot at the Sooners in a Big 12 Championship game, which would likely present a tougher challenge than Baylor. Even so, as things stand heading into Week 8, Baylor looks to be the biggest definitive remaining obstacle for Oklahoma.

1. No. 3 Clemson Tigers

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Toughest Remaining Game: @ South Carolina (3-3) – Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019
Just when we were starting to respect the ACC's then-No. 20 Virginia and then-No. 15 Wake Forest as legitimate contenders that could stand in Clemson's path to the 2019 ACC Championship crown, both programs went on to suffer ugly losses in Week 7. The Tigers wouldn't have to face the now unranked, 4-2 Cavaliers until a potential matchup in the ACC title game, but after previously undefeated Wake Forest lost, 62-59, to Louisville at home last Saturday, the Demon Deacons fell out of the Week 8 AP Top-25 Poll. Following this most recent shift, the grand total of remaining ranked opponents on Clemson's schedule is now zero. As for potential threats from the conference title game, there are also currently zero ranked teams in the ACC Coastal division, which means a Tigers' team that makes the 2019 CFP could go nearly four full months since facing a ranked opponent.


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