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Georgia tight end Brock Bowers (19) during the Bulldogs' game with Alabama at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (Photo by Mackenzie Miles)
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Kirby Smart states case for Georgia football in College Football Playoff, points out obvious issues for Bulldogs

Georgia hopes that next opponent will be a College Football Playoff foe. The Bulldogs will have to wait on Sunday to find out whether they will be one of the four teams selected for the College Football Playoff. The selection committee is set to announce their final four teams at 12:15 ET on ESPN.

Alabama and Michigan are locks after winning their respective conferences. The Wolverines came away with a commanding win over Iowa in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday to move to 12-1.

Cincinnati is also likely bound for the playoff after winning on Saturday to move to 13-0. The Bearcats beat Houston 35-20 to win the AAC.

The Bulldogs were helped out by Baylor with the Bears upsetting No. 5 Oklahoma State in the Big 12 championship game. Notre Dame did go 11-1 on the season but lacks any marquee victories and did not play for a conference championship. The Fighting Irish also have a different coach now as Brian Kelly is LSU’s head coach.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart was asked after the Georgia loss whether or not his team was one of the four best teams in the country.

“That’s not for us to determine, you know what I mean? Certainly I feel like we are, but it’s not our job to determine that,” Smart said. “It’s the committee’s.”

Then the work begins on bouncing back from Saturday’s performance.

“The first answer would be don’t leave people uncovered,” Smart said. “Like that’s the first objective. Let’s cover them, and then try to win some one-on-ones and get balls down. Because look now, they’re going to throw and complete balls. They’re really good at doing that.

“At the end of the day, you have to put a body on a body and cover them. Some of the plays we gave were gifts.”

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