4 College Football Teams That Could Be Eliminated From College Football Playoff Contention by Week 3

Mike Esposito
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Many Power 5 college football programs will head into the 2019 season with National Championship aspirations on their minds and several will be in the mix for a coveted spot in the College Football Playoff for the entire season. However, there are a select few programs with tough early schedules that could easily ruin their shot at a national title in the first three weeks of the regular season.

With that in mind, here are four college football teams that could be out of playoff contention by the end of Week 3 of the 2019 season.

4. LSU Tigers

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The LSU Tigers have two relatively easy non-conference games against Georgia Southern and Northwestern State at home. However, a Week 2 game on the road against the Texas Longhorns could spell doom for a potential LSU appearance in the 2020 CFP. A Week 2 loss in Austin would likely leave the Tigers at 2-1 heading into Week 4, and with games against Florida and Alabama on the horizon, that Texas loss could have significant consequences if they slip up once again down the stretch.

3. Florida Gators

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There's a lot of hype surrounding the Florida Gators heading into the 2019 season, but living up to it will be tough if they stumble out of the gate. The Gators sport a mediocre 4-6 record in games played at neutral sites since 2015 as they prepare to open the 2019 season against Miami in Orlando. Florida has a pretty easy matchup against Tennessee-Martin in Week 2, but a date with the Kentucky Wildcats on the road in the following week could be a potential trap game. Coming out of a Week 3 with two losses is a distinct possibility for the Gators and if it happens, their playoff aspirations would be all but gone with their remaining SEC schedule ahead.

2. Stanford Cardinal

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Stanford arguably has the roughest three-game stretch to start the college football season of any Division I program in 2019. The Cardinal face off against Northwestern in their season opener, followed by a road game against Pac-12 rival USC before hitting the road to take on Central Florida in Week 3. Even one loss out of three could seriously hurt Stanford's playoff chances, but coming out of that three-game gauntlet with a 1-2 record all but eliminates them.

1. Texas A&M Aggies

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Texas A&M should start off the year strong with games against Texas State (Week 1) and Lamar (Week 3). However, sandwiched right between the two is a road game against the reigning national champion Clemson Tigers. A road loss to the best team in the country shouldn't do too much damage to their résumé, but with arguably the hardest schedule in the entire country to follow, just one more loss would likely spell the end for the Aggies' CFP hopes.

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