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Here's How UCF Makes The College Football Playoff

A man holding a UCF flag in the air.

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 2: A UCF Knights spirit team member waves the flag after a score in the third quarter of the AAC Championship against the Memphis Tigers at Spectrum Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The fourth iteration of the College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday night. Once again, the top four remained the same with Alabama holding down the top spot while Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan rounded out the final three spots.

Perhaps the most-interesting aspect of the new playoff poll was the jump made by UCF. The Knights jumped over Ohio State for the No. 9 spot - becoming the first Group of Five team to sit inside the top-10.

At No. 9, UCF now has an outside shot at the playoff. Let's look at what has to happen for the Knights to make it in to the final foursome.

  • Alabama wins out - takes No. 1 seed
  • Clemson wins out - takes No. 2 seed
  • Notre Dame wins out - takes No. 3 seed
  • Ohio State beats Michigan, loses to Northwestern in the Big Ten title game
  • West Virginia beats Oklahoma, loses to Texas in Big 12 title game
  • Utah wins Pac-12

Alabama and Clemson would claim the first two spots, while every other conference title-winner would have three loses. Expecting an undefeated Notre Dame team makes the playoff, that leaves one spot remaining for the Knights to possibly squeak in.

The committee would need to decide between an undefeated UCF program or one of the other three-loss conference title winners. Of course a two-loss Georgia team and two-loss LSU team would give the committee fits as well.