In the first two years of the College Football Playoff, no conference has gotten more than one team in each of the first two fields. The ACC, Big Ten and SEC have had at least one team make the final four in each of the last two seasons, while the Big 12 (Oklahoma, 2015) and PAC-12 (Oregon, 2014) have gotten just one team into the field. Thus far, Alabama is the only program to participate in both playoffs — and the Tide seem destined for yet another return trip.
Following Saturday night’s loss — in a thriller at Clemson — Louisville may be on the outside looking in to the College Football Playoff. There’s obviously a lot of ball left to be played; the schedules are unbalanced, and a great deal can, and likely will, change over the next two months. The ACC has another team in the AP top 10, too. The No. 10 Hurricanes of Miami could also make a run at things, assuming they keep winning and claim their first ever Coastal Division title. The ACC and SEC are the only two conferences to each have three teams inside the top 10.