While Week 1 of the college football season served to legitimize perennial playoff contenders, Week 2 brought new blood into the mix. Even though the 2021 season is still in its infancy, it’s never too early to talk about college football playoff contenders.
Oregon provided a moment that propelled its program and the entire Pac-12 to the moon by beating Ohio State’s No.3 on the road. It’s a gargantuan victory made even more impressive by the fact that the Ducks were without two of their best defensive players, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Justin Flowe.
Iowa confirmed their place near the top with a dominant victory for Cy-Hawk over Iowa State, while the other top 10 teams Notre Dame and Texas A&M struggled to pass – on paper, at least – lower competition.
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Every year, ESPN Football Power Index performs a week-by-week analysis of the chances of the 130 FBS teams to advance to the playoffs. Heading into Week 3 with Friday night’s action, here’s a look at the top contenders for the playoffs, according to the FPI rankings.
NOTE: For brevity, only teams with more than a 3% chance of qualifying for the playoffs are included.