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Navy Ends Houston's College Football Playoff Bid

Houston lost to Navy this afternoon, 46-40. The defeat effectively ended the Cougars' dreams of crashing the College Football Playoff.

Houston entered the game 5-0 and ranked sixth in the country, their resume buoyed largely by a season-opening thumping of Oklahoma. Tom Herman's crew was 2-0 in American Athletic Conference Play as well, but the Midshipmen had their number today.

Navy compiled 306 yards on the ground and intercepted UH quarterback Greg Ward twice. Middie QB Will Worth attempted only five passes, completing three. However, two of those three connections went for touchdowns.

Per ESPN's Sam Khan, the 46 points Navy scored were the most in program history against a ranked foe.

With the loss, Houston can kiss the CFP goodbye. Even if they win out, which would include beating Louisville on Nov. 17, and win the AAC title game, it would seem impossible for them at 12-1 to jump a 12-1 Power 5 team.

Speaking of Louisville, this result is a gut punch to the Cardinals' slim playoff hopes as well. Louisville needed Houston to be undefeated when the two teams play next month. A win over a one-loss Houston team doesn't provide nearly as much of a resume boost.

With all that being said, hats off to the Midshipmen. Ken Niumatalolo's squad is always a tough out against more-heralded opponents.