It’s been a strange college football seasons with huge upsets, surprise Heisman contenders and nine undefeated independent and Group of Five teams. And we haven’t even seen the Pac-12 start playing yet.
But Kirk Herbstreit believes there’s one team flying under the radar that could be in a position to make the College Football Playoff. Appearing on College Football Final, he suggested that Texas A&M could have a real shot if they win out and finish 9-1 on the regular season.
“I think going into their last game of the season (against Auburn) at Jordan-Hare, chance to go 9-1,” Herbstreit said on College Football Final, via 247Sports. “Don’t have to worry about playing in a conference championship game. You look at their resume. If they win all those games, they’ll have their chance to throw their hat in the (College Football Playoff) ring and be in that discussion potentially with those others teams, whether that’s Cincinnati, BYU, maybe a Pac-12 team. I think they’ll be sitting there with a real shot to be 9-1.”
The Aggies certainly have an impressive resume so far, and it would look even more impressive if they win out. They own wins over Florida and Mississippi State, and their remaining schedule includes LSU, Auburn and Tennessee.
Looking at the scenarios honestly though, a lot would have to happen that’s out of the Aggies’ control.
For starters, there would probably have to be no undefeated or 1-loss Pac-12 champion. Assuming some combination of Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame come out as conference champions, all that would remain is the SEC.
Assuming Alabama wins out the regular season, they would probably have to lose the SEC Championship Game to be eliminated from the College Football Playoff. And even then, losing in the SEC title game might not be enough for them to lose a spot to Texas A&M.
But there’s certainly a compelling case for Texas A&M so long as they continue to handle their business.