Say goodbye to the Pac-12.
Say good luck to the Big 12 and the SEC.
Another drama-filled weekend in college football made our jobs at The Eliminator a lot easier. Three more teams from Power 5 conferences -- LSU, Stanford and Utah -- were eliminated after losing for the second time this season.
Baylor, which lost to Oklahoma 44-34 at home on Saturday night, is still hanging by a thread. So is TCU, which barely won 23-17 at, ahem, Kansas.
There are nine legitimate contenders remaining for the four spots in the College Football Playoff, along with six more teams on the fence. Through 11 weeks, 113 of the 128 teams from FBS have been eliminated from contention.
Here's where FBS stands after Week 11:
Better luck next season
The Tigers lost to Arkansas 31-14 at home on Saturday night. LSU coach Les Miles apparently misread the important memo from the SEC office. The league wasn't taking this past weekend off; it's taking this coming weekend off, silly.
Somebody tell the selection committee that Stanford's 38-36 loss to Oregon didn't end until nearly midnight on Saturday night. Oh, that's Eastern Standard Time.
Talk about a bad beat. Arizona backup quarterback Jerrard Randall completed one pass against the Utes. It was a 25-yard touchdown to Nate Phillips on the first play of the second overtime in the Wildcats' 37-30 victory.
Eliminated in Week 1 (30 teams): Akron Zips, Arkansas State Red Wolves, Army Black Knights, Bowling Green Falcons, Central Michigan Chippewas, Charlotte 49ers (not bowl-eligible), Colorado Buffaloes, Eastern Michigan Eagles, Florida Atlantic Owls, Georgia Southern Eagles, Georgia State Panthers, Idaho Vandals, Kansas Jayhawks, Kent State Golden Flashes, Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, Louisiana Monroe Warhawks, New Mexico State Aggies, SMU Mustangs, Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, Texas San Antonio Roadrunners, Texas State Bobcats, Troy Trojans, Tulane Green Wave, UCF Knights, UNLV Rebels, UTEP Miners, Vanderbilt Commodores, Washington State Cougars, Western Michigan Broncos, Wyoming Cowboys
Eliminated in Week 2 (27 teams): Appalachian State Mountaineers, Arkansas Razorbacks, Ball State Cardinals, Buffalo Bulls, Cincinnati Bearcats, Colorado State Rams, East Carolina Pirates, Florida International Golden Panthers, Fresno State Bulldogs, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Louisville Cardinals, Marshall Thundering Herd, Maryland Terrapins, Massachusetts Minutemen, Miami (OH) RedHawks, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Nevada Wolf Pack, New Mexico Lobos, North Texas Mean Green, Rice Owls, San Diego State Aztecs, San Jose State Spartans, South Alabama Jaguars, South Florida Bulls, Utah State Aggies, Virginia Cavaliers
Eliminated in Week 3 (14 teams): Air Force Falcons, Auburn Tigers, Boston College Eagles, Connecticut Huskies, Iowa State Cyclones, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northern Illinois Huskies, Old Dominion Monarchs, Purdue Boilermakers, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, South Carolina Gamecocks, Texas Longhorns, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Eliminated in Week 4 (9 teams): Arizona State Sun Devils, BYU Cougars, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Ohio Bobcats, Oregon State Beavers, Tennessee Volunteers, Virginia Tech Hokies, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Washington Huskies
Eliminated in Week 6 (12 teams): Georgia Bulldogs, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Kansas State Wildcats, Miami Hurricanes, Missouri Tigers, Navy Midshipmen, NC State Wolfpack, Oregon Ducks, Syracuse Orange, USC Trojans, West Virginia Mountaineers
The College Football Playoff picture came into greater focus Saturday night after the Pac-12 was all but eliminated from consideration. With every Pac-12 team having at least two losses, there's only a very remote chance a Pac-12 champion would make the four-team field. I still think No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State are in pretty good shape for three of the spots, as long as they win out. The fourth spot might come down to No. 4 Notre Dame and the Big 12 champion. If Oklahoma runs the table, it's going to be a very difficult decision for the committee. If Oklahoma State wins out, I can't see how the committee could choose the Irish over the undefeated Pokes, but that's only my opinion.
Still in contention
Honk if you sacked a Mississippi State quarterback on Saturday.
There's no reason for concern, Tigers. We tend to get lethargic and uninterested on trips to Syracuse as well.
Somebody tell the Gators the season didn't end when they clinched the SEC East. There are actually important games left to play.
We owe Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz an apology. The Hawkeyes are paying him $365,000 for each of their 10 victories. That's a bargain compared to what Texas is paying Charlie Strong for each of its four wins.
I think there's a pizza endorsement in Urban Meyer's future if the Spartans upset the Buckeyes again.
If Navy and USC lose again, we'll need a microscope to find Notre Dame's quality wins. Or we'll have to get those special glasses the selection committee wears.
Welcome to the season, Buckeyes. Don't worry: You arrived only a week after the Big 12. It's not too late to make some noise.
I don't think OU should be too worried about having the worst loss among the playoff contenders. The 1977 Notre Dame team won a national championship after losing to Ole Miss, which finished 5-6. It wasn't that long ago.
OSU beat Kansas State by only two points; OU beat the Wildcats by 55. OSU defeated West Virginia by only seven points; OU defeated the Mountaineers by 20. OSU beat Iowa State by only four points; OU beat the Cyclones by 36. OSU defeated Texas by only three points; oh, never mind.
On the fence
I sure hope the new Star Wars movie lives up to its hype. I waited 2 ½ months to find out the Bears weren't really that good.
If the Cougars finish 12-0, Houston's Tom Herman would join only a handful of other men to lead their schools to an undefeated record in their first season as a head coach. It's always nice to see fellow Mensa members doing so well.
Talk about must-see TV. Three of Michigan's last four games have come down to the final play, including Saturday's 48-41 win in two overtimes at Indiana. And we thought we'd really miss watching Brady Hoke's offense.
The Tar Heels are playing so well that I almost feel bad they're being penalized for playing two FCS opponents. But then I looked at UNC's nonconference schedule for 2016, when they play two more FCS foes (James Madison and The Citadel).
A 20-point loss at Oklahoma State and a six-point win at Kansas really put dents in TCU's playoff hopes. On the bright side, the Horned Frogs are in perfect position to really muck things up in the Big 12.
Yeah, the Badgers are still here. Don't ask me exactly why.