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Buffalo's Road to the College Football Playoff - Week 1

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BCS Rankings and Review is dead. The Road to the CFP is born!

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

UB's College Football Playoff Magic Number:

90

Based on my unscientific poll of UB's public perception, UB would need to leapfrog 90 teams to earn their way into the College Football Playoff.

UB's Group of 5 Magic Number:

26

Based on my unscientific poll of UB's public perception, UB is 27th of 60 teams in the group of 5. In the College Football Playoff, the highest ranked team in the group of 5 gets an auto-bid to a top 6 bowl game.

Group of 5 Top 10

#1: Boise State - Mountain West - #33

#2: Central Florida - American Athletic - #34

#3: Cincinnati - American Athletic - #43

#4: Marshall - Conference USA - #45

#5: Bowling Green - Mid American - #46

#6: Houston - American Athletic - #47

#6: Utah State - Mountain West - #47

#8: Fresno State - Mountain West - #52

#9: Northern Illinois - Mid American - #55

#10: East Carolina - American Athletic - #56

The Rankings

I pulled together any rankings I could quickly find online, they include: CBSsports.com 128, NFL.com, Athlon Sports, USA Today, The Orlando Sentinel, Billingsley, Football Study Hall, Massey, and Sagarin. I averaged everything out (this year I have combined FBS only rankings and All D-1 rankings) to show UB's road to the playoffs.

UB's Schedule:
Average UB Rank: 94
Average MAC Rank: 97
Average Opponent Rank: 117
Average Opponent Faced: n/a
Average Opponent Yet to be Played: 117

Out Of Conference Opponents:
Duquesne - #209
Army - #119
Baylor - #10
Norfolk - #220

The Road to a Bowl: 6 is enough, but we probably should win 7 to be safe..
Winnable games (teams ranked below or within 20 of UB): 10 (Duquesne, Army, Norfolk, Miami OH, EMU, CMU, Ohio, Akron, Kent, UMass).

MAC Standings:

MAC Rank Division Rank Team National Rank
#1 East #1 Bowling Green #46
#2 West #1 N. Illinois #55
#3 West #2 Toledo #63
#4 West #3 Ball State #70
#5 East #2 Ohio #87
#6 East # 3 Buffalo #94
#7 East #4 Akron #99
#8 West #4 Central Mich #104
#9 East #5 Kent State #106
#10 West #5 Western Mich #126
#11 East #6 Miami #133
#12 West #6 Eastern Mich #137
#13 East #7 UMass #138

UB's NEW YORK Rank: #2

NY Rank Team National Rank
#1 Syracuse 62
#2 NY Bulls 94
#3 Army 119
#4 Stony Brook 152
#5 Fordham 162
#6 Albany 192
#7 Colgate 204
#8 Cornell 213
#9 Marist 227
#10 Wagner 227
#11 Columbia 240