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25 Remaining Games That Will Shape the College Football Playoff


I know what you are thinking: "Every game matters." Not in this case.

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As the 2015 college football season charges down the home stretch, there is a clear path to a championship forming right before our eyes. The football gods have given us 25 games between now and bowl season that will undoubtedly decide which four teams will qualify for the College Football Playoff.

Get out your calendars and set your DVRs.

Oct. 31

Georgia vs. Florida

The Gators must get to the SEC title game with only one loss on their resume in order to stay in the conversation.

Notre Dame at Temple

The Irish need to win out to stay alive. A win for Temple catapults them up the polls and into the conversation.

Nov. 7

Michigan State at Nebraska

The Huskers have nothing left to lose. The Spartans can't afford to lose.

Texas Christian at Oklahoma State

This is the first game of a four-team round-robin in the Big 12.

Florida State at Clemson

Florida State stays alive with a win and is eliminated with a loss. This is likely for a spot in the ACC Championship Game.

LSU at Alabama

A second loss eliminates the Tide. An LSU loss creates a three-way tie with Alabama and Ole Miss.

Nov. 14

Oklahoma at Baylor

Game 2 of the Big 12 four-way round-robin.

Pitt at Duke

The winner likely heads to the ACC Championship Game with one loss.

Memphis at Houston

An unbeaten dream season is on the line.

Nov. 21

Michigan State at Ohio State

The loser likely misses out on the Big Ten Championship Game and drops out of the College Football Playoff conversation.

Texas Christian at Oklahoma

TCU's final road game of the season before hosting Baylor.

Baylor at Oklahoma State

Each team has a signature contest the following week.

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Memphis at Temple

If both are still unbeaten at this point, the winner should find itself comfortably inside the College Football Playoff committee's top 10.

UCLA at Utah

Utah needs to hold off Josh Rosen and the Bruins to stay in the conversation.

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LSU at Ole Miss

The Rebels could clinch the SEC west with a win.

Nov. 27

Iowa at Nebraska

This is far and away Iowa's toughest remaining game. The Hawkeyes will be in the College Football Playoff conversation until they lose. Nebraska could be playing for bowl eligibility.

Baylor at Texas Christian

Odds are the winner takes the Big 12 title and likely clinches a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Nov. 28

Ohio State at Michigan

This is possibly Ohio State's last major hurdle. Michigan has an outside shot at a division title with a win.

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

There's a chance that the winner of this one comes out on top of the Big 12, giving a whole new meaning to "Bedlam."

Stanford at Notre Dame

If neither team loses another game between now and then, this will be a College Football Playoff elimination game.

Dec. 5

AAC Championship

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This game could yield the only unbeaten conference champion in FBS.

B1G Championship

Likely Iowa against either Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State. Three of the four possible matchups could mean an automatic Playoff bid to the winner.

Pac-12 Championship

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If Stanford plays Utah and each team has only one loss, it'll be tough to keep the winner out of the final four.

SEC Championship

Both participants could enter the game with at least one loss. If both teams have two losses when it's over, we're likely looking at an SEC-free College Football Playoff.

ACC Championship

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The odds say this will be Duke and Clemson. If neither team adds a loss between now and then, the winner, like the Pac-12, will be tough to turn away.

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Scott is the editor-in-chief of, a Big Ten site for Big Ten fans. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.

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