Greatest Non Playoff Teams of the CFB Playoff Era

There may be no worse feeling than your team having an amazing season and getting snubbed from the College Football Playoff. Only 4 teams can make it, so some amazing teams have missed the cut due to a tough loss or two (or none). So, here we pay homage to those amazing college football teams that just barely missed the cut.

5. 2017 UCF

2017 UCF is an extremely controversial team. They finished the regular season undefeated yet were snubbed from the playoff (though they were not the first G5 team to get this treatment, with Western Michigan being another recent example). Their weaker strength of schedule was held against them. That being said, they beat Auburn in an all timer Peach Bowl, demonstrating they had what it took to beat the big dogs. How many games would they have won had they been let into the playoff?

4. 2018 Ohio State

While many may celebrate Ohio State missing the playoff, you have to admit their 2018 team had a resume worth getting in. Their only regular season loss was a stunning upset from Purdue, 49-20. Despite this bad loss, they beat up on many teams they faced with a very high strength of schedule in the competitive Big Ten East. Perhaps what makes this snub so controversial was that a non conference champion 12-1 Alabama got in over them, after losing to Georgia in the SEC championship game. As we know, that Alabama team would go on to win it all.

3. 2015 Stanford Cardinal

2015 Stanford was greatly hurt by a Week One loss to Northwestern. Their only other loss that season was to a very strong Oregon team, 38-36. While two losses is generally too many to make the playoff, this year had a generally weaker field and Stanford looked like one of the most powerful teams out there. This is less of a playoff snub and more so one of the all around best football teams that just couldn’t get it together when they needed to. At least we’ll never forget Christian McCaffrey tearing up that Rose Bowl game against Iowa.

1. (Tie) 2014 TCU and Baylor

You all knew this would be here. Both TCU and Baylor were absolute forces of nature in 2014. This marked the first ever playoff snub, as this was the first year of the College Football Playoff. Both TCU and Baylor were seen as playoff caliber, with TCU’s only being to Baylor and Baylor’s only loss being to a 2 loss WVU (who would end the regular season 7-5). This snub wasn’t just painful for these fans, but it literally reshaped CFB. The Big 12 did not have a championship game at the time, so both 1 loss Big 12 teams would be left out in favor of conference championship game winners FSU, Oregon, Ohio State and Alabama. Immediately following this, the Big 12 began putting plans in place to reinstate their championship game between the two teams with the best record.

Who do you think was the best College Football Team that didn’t make the playoff? Who was the worst CFP snub? Let us know in the replies!

CFBSelect.com: Your New Home for CFB Discussion!

CFBSelect.com is your new home for college football news and content.

As of today, we have completed rebranded the site and are ready to be your new provider of CFB content. Welcome to CFBSelect.com!

Our site was long ago Grid Lines Blog, then had an incredible journey as Sidelines Sports Net. Now, with the sale/merger of Sidelines Sports Net and Kollege Sports, we’re taking this site in a new direction.

CFB Select will be your home for CFB news, content and discussion. We will continue our Top 25 polls during the season and will remain active on our Twitter, @CFBSelect.

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Week 5 Top 25

Two blood weeks in a row? We knew this College Football season would be different, but boy are we getting a show this year. Many thought there couldn’t be any bigger shakeups than last weeks poll, but this has been our most tumultuous week yet. We have teams like Coastal Carolina making their first appearance (above UCF, no less) and both OU and Miss State fall out of the poll (’twas a very short stay for Mike Leach’s bulldogs).

Let us know what you think in the replies, the forums and on Twitter @Sidelines_SN!

Note: We are only ranking teams that plan to play the next week. This means no Big Ten, Pac 12, MWC or MAC yet.

Top 25

1Clemson (13)517
2Alabama (6)507
3Florida471
4Georgia (1)463
5Notre Dame429
6Miami (FL)426
7Oklahoma State366
8North Carolina359
9Cincinnati357
10BYU335
11Tennessee315
12Virginia Tech260
13SMU234
14Auburn230
15Louisiana179
16LSU163
17Iowa State151
18Kansas State137
19Texas107
20TCU106
21Marshall96
22Texas A&M89
23Coastal Carolina (1)82
24UCF73
25Pittsburgh49

Others Receiving Votes:

Tulsa47
Mississippi State38
UAB31
Army24
West Virginia23
Oklahoma22
Memphis17
Louisville13
Appalachian State12
Ole Miss9
Virginia5
Baylor4
Arkansas4

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