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College Football Tournament Week 10 - After the Purge

A wild Week 9 shook up the rankings and left only the Elite 18 alive

Can Tom Herman fight off elimination against West Virginia?
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Week 9 Recap

Absolute madness took over in Week 9. 8 of the 10 possible eliminations hit, as favorites fell across the board and only Mountain West contenders Utah State and Fresno State survived spoiler opportunities. Their fellow MWC foe SDSU fell in Reno to close the week that started with Georgia Southern triumphing over Sun Belt rival App State. The elimination games had a common theme of visiting teams unable to survive the hostile road environment – Only Wazzu went on the road as an elimination candidate, to welcoming Palo Alto, and left alive. The Longhorns and Gators were the only top contenders to drop non-elimination games, putting them in the danger zone for the remainder of the season. We are left with the Elite 18 surviving to see the (meaningless) first ranking from the Playoff Committee.

FOW reader picks: Week 9: 2-1 Season: 25-22 (53%)

Week 9 Recap

Week 10

With the mass exodus that took place in Week 9, the field has reached the point where we are no longer guaranteed any eliminations. The elimination candidates are all expected to win, favored by an average of 11.5 points. Only two of the remaining teams enter the week as underdogs: Kentucky and LSU face long odds at home against fellow top contenders Georgia and Alabama. The losers of those massive SEC matchups will not be eliminated, but will face a steep climb to get back on the right side of the division, conference and Tournament title races.

It is possible all 18 contenders keep the dream alive into Week 11, but in all likelihood at least one of these teams won’t be able to outrun Freddy Krueger in that dream. With no guaranteed elimination games this week, which team do you think is most likely to drop out of the Tournament, if any?

Poll

Who will be eliminated?

This poll is closed

  • 73%
    Texas Longhorns
    (30 votes)
  • 4%
    UCF Golden Knights
    (2 votes)
  • 7%
    Florida Gators
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    Georgia Southern Eagles
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Houston Cougars
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Fresno State Bulldogs
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Washington State Cougars
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Utah State Aggies
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    No Eliminations in Week 10
    (1 vote)
41 votes total Vote Now
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