Sunday, October 14, 2018

Postseason Eligibility Watch: Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State among postseason eligible teams following Week 7 of 2018 college football season.

A tumultuous Week Seven of the 2018 college football season saw a several teams move into postseason eligibility territory with their sixth win. Texas, Michigan, Florida, and LSU were among the schools that hit the six-win mark needed to become eligible for at least a bowl appearance during the postseason.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Alabama, Georgia, Ohio St., and four more teams are officially postseason eligible.

There are now seven teams that are eligible for postseason play. Week 6 of the 2018 college football season saw Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, Georgia, Hawai'i, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, All earned six wins this week needed to go to either a postseason bowl or the 2018 College Football Playoff.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

SEC Bowl Eligibility Watch: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and LSU are one game away from postseason eligibility.

Four teams remain undefeated after Week 5 of the college football season, needing one more win to hit the six-win mark needed for postseason eligibility. Alabama and Georgia are still legitimately  playing for a spot in the College Football Playoff, with Kentucky, and LSU trying to keep their outside shots to make the CFP alive.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

College Football Playoff Projections for Week 5 see Alabama, and Ohio St. as most likely in the playoff.

When it comes to the 2018 College Football Playoff, there are two constants: Alabama and Ohio State. While the five bowl prognosticators SWRT chose to monitor all have these two teams playing for the CFP Championship in either the 2018 Orange Bowl, or the 2018 Cotton Bowl Classic, none of them have the Crimson Tide and Buckeyes facing each other on that date.

Bowl Eligibility Watch: Ten teams have at one win away from bowl eligibility.

There are ten  teams with five or more wins following the end of Week Five of the 2018 college football season. (The 5-1 being Hawai'i.) They need only one win to become bowl eligible (six or more wins).

Bowl projections are via Jason Kirk of SB*Nation.

Power Five


Five Wins (Magic Number: 1 Win)

Clemson (5-0, 2-0 ACC Atlantic)

Four Wins (MN: 2)

NC State (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic)

Miami (4-1, 1-0 ACC Coastal)

Boston College (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic)

Syracuse (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic)

Duke (4-1, 0-1 Coastal)

Clemson is projected by Kirk to be in the College Football Playoff. Miami is projected for the Peach Bowl.

Three Wins (MN: 3)

Virginia  Tech (3-1, 2-0 Coastal)

Virginia (3-2, 1-1 Coastal)

FSU (3-2, 1-2 Atlantic)

Wake Forest (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic)

Jason Kirk projects FSU and Wake as missing out on bowl bids this week.

Two Wins (MN:4)

Pitt (2-3, 0-2 Coastal)

Louisville (2-3, 0-2 Atlantic)

Georgia tech (2-3, 0-2 Coastal)

Of the two-win ACC schools, Kirk only projects Pitt as making it to a bowl game.

Big 12

Four Wins (MN: 1)

Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Conference)

Kirk picks Notre Dame over Oklahoma in his CFP projection. The Sooners are condemned to a rematch against Georgia in the Sugar.

Four Wins (MN: 2)

West Virginia (4-0, 2-0 Conference)

Texas (4-1, 2-0)

Oklahoma St. 4-1, 1-1)

Three Wins (MN: 3)

Texas Tech (3-2, 1-1)

Baylor (3-2, 1-1)

TCU (3-2, 1-1)

Two Wins (MN: 4)

Kansas (2-3, 02)

Kansas State (2-3, 0-2)

Big Ten 

Five Wins (MN: 1)

Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten East)

Ohio State projected as a CFP team.

Four Wins (MN: 2)

Michigan (4-1, 2-0 East)

Indiana (4-1, 1-1 East)

Penn State (4-1, 1-1 East)

Penn State joins the teams with one loss. The good news: The Nittany Lions are projected to represent the B1G in the Rose Bowl. Michigan projected for the Peach Bowl against Miami.

Three Wins (MN: 3)

Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten West)

Maryland (3-1, 1-0 East)

Michigan State (3-1, 1-0 East)

Iowa (3-1, 0-1, West)

Minnesota (0-1 West)

Kirk snubs Maryland, leaving the Terrapins without a bowl bid.

Two Wins (MN: 4)

Illinois (2-2, 0-1 East)


Four Wins (MN: 2)

Colorado (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12 South)

Stanford (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12 North)

Washington (4-1, 2-0 North)

Oregon (4-1, 1-1 North)

Washington State (4-1, 1-1 North)

Washington projected to represent the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl against Penn St.)

Three Wins (MN: 3)

Cal (3-1, 0-1 North)

USC (3-2, 2-1 South)

Arizona State (3-2, 1-1 South)

Two Wins (MN: 4)

Utah (2-2, 0-2 South)

Arizona (2-3, 1-1)

Surprisingly, Kirk projects Utah going to the Sun Bowl.


Five Wins (MN: 1)

Georgia (5-0, 3-0 SEC East)

Kentucky (5-0, 3-0 East)

Alabama 5-0, 2-0 SEC West)

LSU (5-0, 2-0 West)

Alabama projected as heading to the CFP. Georgia doomed to face Oklahoma again in the Sugar Bowl.

Four Wins (MN: 2)

Florida (4-1, 2-1 East)

Auburn (4-1, 1-1 West)

Auburn projected to face Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Three Wins (MN: 3)

Texas A&M ( 3-2, 1-1 West)

Missouri (3-1, 0-1 East)

Vanderbilt (3-2,  0-1 East)

Mississippi State (3-2, 0-2 West)

Ole Miss 3-2, but ineligible for postseason play due to NCAA violations.

Two wins (MN: 4)

Tennessee (2-3, 0-2 East)

Group of Five Conferences

American Athletic 

Five Wins (MN: 1)

Cincinnati (5-0, 1-0 American East)

What does Cincinnati get for going 5-0? A projected Military Bowl bid.

Four Wins (MN: 2)

South Florida (4-0, 1-0 East)

Central Florida (4-0, 1-0 East)

Three Wins (MN: 3)

Houston (3-1, 0-0 American West)

Memphis (3-2, 0-2 West)

Two Wins (MN: 4)

Navy (2-2, 1-1 West)

SMU (2-3, 1-0 West)

Tulane (2-3, 1-0 West)

Temple (2-3 1-0 East)

Tulane, Central Florida, South Florida, and Temple projected for bowl invitations.

Conference USA

Four Wins (MN: 2)

North Texas (4-1, 0-1 C-USA West)

Three Wins (MN: 3)

Marshall (3-1, 1-0 C-USA East)

Louisiana Tech (3-1, 1-0 West)

UAB (3-1, 1-0 West)

Two Wins (MN: 4)

Middle Tennessee (2-2, 1-0 East)

Southern Miss (2-2, 1-0 West)

UT Sam Antonio (2-3, 1-0 West)

Charlotte (2-3, 1-1 East)

Florida Atlantic (2-3, 0-1 East)

North Texas, Marshall, Louisiana Tech, and UAB are projected by Kirk to get bowl invites.


Four Wins (MN: 2)

Buffalo (4-1, 1-0 MAC East)

Three Wins (MN: 3)

Western Michigan (3-2, 1-0 MAC West)

Two Wins (MN: 4)

Akron (2-1, 0-0 East)

Ohio (2-2, 0-1 East)

Toledo (2-2, 0-0 West)

Northern Illinois (2-3, 2-0 West)

Eastern Michigan (2-3, 0-2 West)

Buffalo, Ohio, Toledo, and Akron projected for bowls.

Mountain West

Five Wins (MN: 1)

Hawaii (5-1, 2-0 MWC West)

Three Wins (MN: 3)

Boise State (3-1, 1-0 MWC Mountain)

Boise St. is picked by Kirk to be the top Group of Five school at the end of the season, facing Auburn in the Fiesta Bowl. Hawai'i gets a rock a Hawai'i Bowl big.

Utah State (3-1, 1-0 Mountain)

San Diego State (3-1, 0-0 West)

Fresno St (3-1, 0-0 West)

Nevada (3-2, 1-0 West)

Two Wins (MN: 4)

New Mexico (2-2, 0-2 Mountain)

UNLV (2-2, 0-0 West)

Wyoming (2-3, 0-1 Mountain)

Utah St., and San Diego St. projected for bowl bids.

Sun Belt

Four Wins (MN: 2)

Troy (4-1, 2-0 Sun Belt East)

Three Wins (MN: 3)

Appalachian State (3-1, 1-0 East)

Georgia Southern (3-1, 1-0 East)

Costal Carolina (3-2, 1-1 East)

Two Wins (MN: 4)

Georgia State (2-3, 1-0 East)

Louisiana-Monroe (2-3, (0-2 Sun Belt West)

Troy, Costal Carolina, Appalachian St., and Georgia Southern projected for bowl bids.


Five Wins (MN: 1)

Notre Dame (5-0)

Kirk places ND into the CFP Playoffs. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Three Wins (MN: 3)

Army (3-2)

BYU (3-2)

Two Wins (MN: 4)

Liberty (2-2)

U-Mass (2-4)

Army and BYU are projected for bowls.