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ESPN Ranks The College Football Playoff Chances Of One-Loss Teams

Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines runs onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

It is really tough to go undefeated during the college football season. More often than not, teams reach the college football playoff with one loss.

There are several teams with one loss on their resume right now. They aren't eliminated from the playoff chase, but their margin for error is nonexistent. They have to win out.

Of those one-loss squads, not all have the same chance to reach the playoff. Some are in better position than others, as ESPN's Heather Dinich wrote today.

Dinich ranked the playoff chances of the eight major one-loss teams. Here's what she came up with:

  1. Michigan
  2. Georgia
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Florida
  5. LSU
  6. Texas
  7. Iowa
  8. Oregon

You can view all of Dinich's analysis here. Here's what she had to say about Michigan's odds to make the playoff.

"The Big Ten has an 11 percent chance to get multiple teams into the playoff, second best to the SEC," Dinich wrote. "There's a 21 percent chance Michigan will be 10-1 and Ohio State will be 11-0 when the teams meet in Columbus on Nov. 24."

The first official College Football Playoff rankings come out on Tuesday, October 30. They will be released at 7:10 p.m. ET.

We'll see then where these one-loss teams stand, and one or two of them might have lost again by that point, eliminating them from the playoff conversation.