Cincinnati cracking the College Football Playoff last season took a perfect storm.

The Bearcats had to have Notre Dame on their schedule, had to beat the Fighting Irish and had to hope that win was enough to squeak them in. All 3 prerequisites hit and the Bearcats earned the honor of getting blasted by Alabama in the Cotton Bowl.

But hey, it was something different. It’s also unlikely to happen again soon, at least until the playoff expands to 12 teams in 2026 (or 2024).

Always College Football host Greg McElroy explained why a new team entering the College Football Playoff field is probably not going to happen.

It seems like the best chances of a Group of 5 submission making the field right now – as silly as it sounds – would be Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers are not ranked now, but have a favorable schedule to run the table with semi-tough games against Appalachian State and Virginia. The Chanticleers are the only remaining undefeated Group of 5 squad.

BYU, though not technically Group of 5, might have a chance as well despite a Week 3 loss to Oregon. The Cougars have a few tough teams remaining, including Notre Dame and Arkansas. There’s no more room for error for those in Provo, however.