Why Independent teams make the College Football Playoff

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There aren’t many option for the independent teams. Finding schools to schedule requires a lot of detail, and also makes the schedule quite difficult. If your team manages to go undefeated, you have a chance to make the College Football Playoff. Notre Dame found that out, but it didn’t end well. Besides them, it will be tough to see anyone else make a run.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Well, we know that Notre Dame’s capable of getting into the playoff. They’ve proven that their schedule is tough enough to play for a national championship. They just need to play better when they get there. The last two times the Irish had chances to play for a national championship, they were embarrassed. What’s tough is that they lost to Clemson last year and Alabama in 2013. Both teams won the national championship. So it’s not that Notre Dame’s bad. It’s that they’re running into really good teams. They’ll reload again this year, but their schedule includes Georgia and Michigan. That makes the road back a lot tougher.

Army Black Knights

I don’t care what you say, a playoff with an independent Army team would be awesome. Good luck stopping the triple option. With Kelvin Hopkins Jr. back running the show, the offense won’t skip a beat. Army also had one of the best defenses in the country last year, so this team should be complete again. Their schedule isn’t playoff-worthy, but we can dream. A trip to the Big House to face Michigan in Week 2 will be interesting.

BYU Couars

Zach Wilson’s one of the most underrated quarterbacks in college football, and we get to watch him for a full season. If BYU goes undefeated, Wilson will have a monster year. That also means this team is scary. The first month of the season for this independent team features Utah, Tennessee, USC, and Washington. You better believe the Cougars are getting playoff attention if they’re 4-0 after that. They probably won’t be, and they’ll be working hard to make a bowl game once again. Maybe they should join the AAC to make life easier?

Liberty Flames

Hugh Freeze knows how to beat Alabama. He did it when he was at Ole Miss. Then we started learning that the things he was doing weren’t exactly the greatest. Somehow, he got a job with Liberty. Now, the Flames aren’t going to hold a candle to Alabama, and there’s a ton of progress that needs to be made to even win 10 games.

New Mexico State Aggies

We won’t be harsh. New MExico State made their first bowl game two years ago. They struggled last year to a 3-9 record, but they should bounce back this year. As long as they survive Washington State, Alabama, and San Diego State relatively healthy (they’ll be 0-3), there are six winnable games the rest of the season.

UMass Minutemen

Andrew Ford’s gone. Marquise Young’s gone. Andy Isabella’s gone. The offense needs new playmakers, and the defense returns just three starters from a horrendous group last year. UMass only won four games with that offense last season, so you can probably imagine what this year looks like.

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