With just four weeks remaining in the college football season, ESPN has broken down the 15 remaining College Football Playoff hopefuls with one of the most unlikely squads imaginable — Western Michigan.

Related: In contrast to the College Football Playoff, Western Michigan would have had outside shot in BCS rankings

While Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and one of either Ohio State or Louisville currently likely lead the final four, Western Michigan joins some  common sense favorites such as Auburn, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Utah.

The Broncos have risen sneakily across the AP top 25, jumping from No. 17 last week to No. 14 this week. They ranked No. 23 in the first College Football Playoff rankings last week and could go storming up the charts.

The problem for Western Michigan and one of the hottest coaching commodities on the market, D.J. Fluker, is quality wins compared to the teams above them.

Western Michigan has beaten a decent Northwestern, lower-tiered powerhouse Georgia Southern and a Central Michigan team that beat Oklahoma State earlier in the year. If only it were the BCS still, Western Michigan may have had a shot.

While the odds are slim the Broncos make it into even the top 10, it’s a massive leap for a team that went 1-11 three years ago and is coming off consecutive 8-5 seasons.

ESPN lists an absolute stunner as an “on the fence” College Football Playoff contender Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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