While it is still unclear who will be playing in the College Football Playoff or even in the New Year’s Six bowl games, it is pretty clear that the Group of Five representative will come from the AAC. Four teams from the conference are currently ranked in the CFP top 25, with Navy surprisingly leading Memphis, Houston, and Temple right now.
The Midshipmen had never played in a conference until this year when they joined the AAC just before the season began. They have looked like one of the best teams in the conference, only losing to the fourth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish this year.
If the the Midshipmen are to make it to the AAC championship game and win, there is still one more test for them as they play their annual game with Army after conference championship weekend and after the bowl selections have been made. According to College Football Talk, the CFP selection committee has began laying out the procedural process if Navy is to slip into a New Year’s Six bowl slot.
“Summary — If the committee believes the result of the Army-Navy game could affect Army’s or Navy’s ranking and therefore its place in the playoff or its selection as the group of five representative, only the pairings that affect Army and Navy would be delayed until after the Army-Navy game. Business as usual on Sunday, December 6 — The committee will rank the teams 1-through-25 and will publicly issue those rankings on December 6 as usual. Army and Navy will be ranked according to their performances to date. If Army or Navy is not in contention for the playoff nor to be the “group of five” representative, the committee would announce all the bowl pairings.”
It’s likely that Army won’t pull off the upset over Navy, but it is always best for them to wait and weigh out every option before making a final decision.
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