Under the scenario I painted their chances would be nil. There's not a potential top 10 team on their schedule other than Auburn. Thus nothing to yank them up. They would climb in the polls, if they continued to win, but even beating a Top 10 USC in the title game probably wouldn't get them above 6th...maybe 5th. If Bama lost in the SEC title game vs a 1-loss UGA team, Bama would go over Washington based on beating Auburn. People pay attention to the name on the front of the jersey. Bama went to the playoffs, despite not playing for the league title. Ohio St went to the playoffs despite not playing for its league title, plus they got beat that year by the team that won the Big10. Wisconsin was unbeaten and lost in the title game and stayed home. The "name" Wisconsin doesn't have the same draw as the name "Ohio St."