How Many Big Ten Teams Will Play In The New Year's Six?

VIDEO: Five Big Ten teams are in the top 25, and four are within striking distance of the Playoff. Campus Insider's Pete Fuitak discusses which teams have the best shot at getting coveted spots in the New Year's Six.

Rank

Team

Record

Outlook

1

Alabama

11-0

Can split its next two games with Auburn & Florida and still make playoffs.

2

Ohio St.

10-1

Beat Michigan at home and Ohio State is in the playoff.

3

Michigan

10-1

Relying on a backup QB to win in Columbus and stay in the Top 4.

4

Clemson

10-1

Can’t afford a loss Saturday vs. S. Carolina, or in the ACC Championship.

5

Wash.

10-1

Will UW vault the Ohio St./Michigan loser if it wins at WSU Friday?

6

Wisc.

9-2

A win against Minnesota and in the B1G title game could get them in the final four.

7

Penn St.

9-2

Still have an outside shot at the playoffs, but must beat Michigan State Saturday.

8

Oklahoma

9-2

Plan is to beat Oklahoma St. and root against Washington, Ohio St. and Wisconsin.

9

Colorado

9-2

Will win Pac-12 South by beating Utah in Boulder.

10

Okla. St.

9-2

A win at Oklahoma will reopen the debate about their controversial first ‘loss’.

11

L'ville

9-2

Beating Kentucky would boost the Cards’ Orange Bowl hopes.

12

USC

8-3

The team no one wants to play right now hosts reeling Notre Dame.

13

Auburn

8-3

Enters the Iron Bowl as a 20-point underdog.

14

Fla. St.

8-3

Can win 4th straight mythical ‘state championship’ by beating Florida.

15

Florida

8-2

Visits Florida State Saturday with a trip to the SEC Championship already booked.

16

Nebraska

9-2

Starting QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. might not play in regular season finale at Iowa.

17

Tenn.

8-3

’Life Championship’ secured, Vols travel to Vanderbilt

18

WVU

8-2

Mountaineers have two regular season games left: @Iowa St., Baylor

19

BSU

10-1

Needs a win at Air Force and a Wyoming loss to make the MWC title game.

20

Houston

9-2

Back into the rankings after a convincing win over Louisville.

21

WMU

11-0

Completes a perfect season with a home win against 9-2 Toledo on Friday.

22

Utah

8-3

If Utah beats Colorado, USC advances to the Pac-12 Championship game.

23

WSU

8-3

Wins the Pac-12 North with an upset of Washington Friday in Pullman.

24

Stanford

8-3

Hosting Rice all but assures the Cardinal of a 9-win season

25

Navy

8-2

Jumps into the top 25


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