That's not it all of them about the strength of the schedule.
When it comes to determining the best four teams a week, the 13 members of the football playoff selection committee also watch the feature film – that's why No. 10 Ohio State is the lowest-ranked Power team with one loss and looking up to an LSU team with two loss numbers.
The committee saw the state of Ohio muted by Purdue 49-20 and nearly losses to Nebraska.
"They fought a bit against a 2-7 team, and that's two weeks in a row that they struggled a bit," said committee chairman Rob Mullens on the Buckeyes on Tuesday. "They still had a good victory at Penn State on the track, they defeated TCU in Texas when TCU was at full strength, but in the last few weeks Ohio was not as strong as in the middle of the year."
Ohio State's Saturday game in Michigan State can be the most dangerous for any CFP that is hopeful as far as the playoff implications are concerned, because even though the ESPN Football Power Index gives the Buckeyes a 60.2 percent chance of winning, this is the lowest percentage of all participants this weekend. If the Ohio State loses, it is done and that is why it is the top Week 11 game on the leverage index of ESPN Analytics.
Of the 10 remaining games in the season that have the biggest impact on the playoff race, half of the matches will be played on Saturday. For the future, the five most important remaining games are: 1. The SEC championship (December 1), 2. Michigan in the state of Ohio (November 24), 3. Oklahoma in West Virginia (November 23), 4. Notre Dame against Syracuse (November 17, Yankee Stadium) and 5. Notre Dame at USC (November 24). The SEC Championship match is mentioned because it is the only conference game game that has already determined league winners.
The ACC can be next, as Clemson can overtake the Atlantic division on Saturday with a victory at Boston College.
"It is a champion week for us," said Clemson trainer Dabo Swinney. "You work all year round to reach this point, and now you are four quarters away from achieving one of our main goals."
One of Notre Dame's goals this season was to win every home game, and the Irish can reach it on Saturday if they beat Florida State. Notre Dame has only three games left – and everyone belongs to the top 10 of leverage games.
While also considering their chance of winning, here is a look at who has the most to lose in the play-off race, according to ESPN's Leverage Index.