Assuming the Utes win out, they’ll beat number seven Oregon in the ccg, taking them out of the picture. Georgia and Florida each have a loss, and will play one another next week, so one of them will be gonzo, trimming the field by another team. Penn State and OSU still have to play, so there’s a decent chance that PSU will drop out of contention. That brings us down to six teams: Bama, Clemson, LSU, Florida/Georgia, OSU, and Utah. Bama and LSU may play in the conference championship, but the loser may still make the playoff, although that loss will be fresh enough that it might affect the playoff committee’s decision.
Of course, this is all contingent on a lot of things, including the actual playoff standings which may look different from the AP poll. Still, if the Utes handle business, and we see a couple of slip ups from the aforementioned teams, we may still be in the running. One week at a time, I know, but I’m not a player so I can dream a bit.