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ESPN: Alabama Still Has 78-Percent Chance To Make CFB Playoff With Loss To Auburn

SEC coaches Nick Saban and Kirby Smart, with the College Football Playoff trophy.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 07: University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban (left) and University of Georgia head coach Kirby Smart stand with the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy after a Coaches Press Conference on January 7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

On Friday morning, ESPN released a list of the teams most-likely to make the College Football Playoff - after suffering a loss.

Unsurprisingly, Alabama has the best chance to make the playoff with one loss on its record. That loss would have to come when the Crimson Tide travel to Auburn to take on the Tigers.

Even with a loss to Auburn, ESPN gives Alabama a 78-percent chance to make the playoff. Of course, there are extenuating circumstances at play, but the Crimson Tide still has a clear path to the playoff.

Alabama isn't alone with great odds to make the playoff following a loss.

Here are a few other programs that have a chance for the title - despite losing a game:

  • LSU - 71-percent chance with loss to Alabama
  • Auburn - 68-percent chance with loss to Alabama
  • Ohio State - 65-percent chance with loss to Wisconsin
  • Georgia - 59-percent chance with loss to Auburn
  • Notre Dame - 52-percent chance with loss to Georgia

Notre Dame fans have to be happy looking at this statistic. Despite a close loss to Georgia last weekend, the Fighting Irish are still in the hunt for a playoff spot.

ESPN's model suggests there is a solid chance two SEC programs will make the playoff - again - unless other conferences produce undefeated champions.

The full breakdown can be seen here.