Playoff Predictor: OSU, TCU in driver's seat

Things are looking up so far this season for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes. AP Photo/Jay LaPrete

Each week throughout the season, the Playoff Predictor will use ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) and human logic (i.e., the eye test) to determine which teams are still alive in the chase for the College Football Playoff. Unlike the weekly College Football Playoff rankings, which look at a team’s body of work through that point in the season, the Playoff Predictor is intended to project which teams will be there when it matters -- when the final rankings are announced.

The Playoff Predictor will factor in a team’s chance to win its conference and finish with fewer than two losses, as well as schedule strength. After one week of play, few teams have been eliminated, but a number of teams appear to have the team strength and schedule to be in the discussion in December.