Can Georgia Still Make The College Football Playoff After Tonight’s Loss To Alabama?

first_imgA closeup of Kirby Smart in Georgia Bulldogs apparel.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs walks the field prior to facing the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Two of the games with major College Football Playoff ramifications have been decided. Both were incredibly dramatic, but ultimately, chalk held in Oklahoma-Texas and Alabama’s win over Georgia football in Atlanta.We still have the Big Ten Championship, with Ohio State looking to score serious style points against Northwestern. Clemson is a giant favorite in the ACC Championship, and should be in the field no matter how a win tonight looks.The final spot is still expected to come down to Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ohio State.Georgia football just lost a wild game to Alabama, but could the two-loss Dawgs still make the College Football Playoff?Entering the game, there was some thought that both SEC finalists could crash the four-team field.A Georgia win over Alabama would have probably done it. The Crimson Tide had been the best team in college football all season long. If the selection committee truly looks for the “best four teams” above all else, the Tide would have been the choice.A two-loss Georgia makes for a more interesting argument. UGA was very tight with Alabama, but gave up the lead late to Jalen Hurts after Tua Tagovailoa went out due to injury. The bigger issue is Georgia’s 36-16 loss at LSU earlier this season.If it comes down to “best loss,” the choice is Oklahoma. Georgia has a 20-point loss, Ohio State has a 29-point loss at Purdue. Oklahoma’s only mark in that column came by three points to Texas in the Red River Rivalry, a neutral site game. The Sooners avenged that today with the 39-27 Big 12 title game win.FiveThirtyEight‘s model currently has Georgia with less than a 1-percent chance to make the field. Chaos in the night games—Northwestern over Ohio State and more importantly, Pitt over Clemson—bumps that up to 19-percent, but below UCF.FiveThirtyEight's playoff predictor after Georgia football's loss to Alabama.That seems to undersell things a bit for the Dawgs. Oklahoma’s defense had a nice showing late today, but has been an issue all year, and one can make the argument that Georgia is the better all-around team, especially with how quarterback Jake Fromm played tonight, even if their resume doesn’t hold up on paper.That is the argument that Georgia football needs members of the selection committee to make. It feels unlikely, but not impossible.We’ll find out tomorrow. The College Football Playoff selection show airs on ESPN at noon.last_img

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