There’s only one week left before the initial College Football Playoff rankings are released, and there’s already significant speculation going around about where teams will be placed.
AP writer Ralph Russo went on the Paul Finebaum show to discuss that, along with a couple other topics, ahead of this week’s slate of games.
“We all know who is going to be on top, and that’s going to be Alabama,” Russo said. “I think it’s legitimate that the SEC could position itself for two teams in the College Football Playoff.”
Along with the Crimson Tide, Georgia is the other team that could make it to the final four. The Bulldogs are undefeated and have a big non-conference win over Notre Dame.
Russo also added he believes the Bulldogs will be ranked in the top four of the initial CFP rankings, but wasn’t sure where.
If UGA stays perfect until a matchup with Alabama in the SEC Championship game — and keeps that contest close — the SEC will have a very real chance to make up half the playoff field. The ACC (Clemson or Miami) and Big 10 (Ohio State or Penn State) figure to get one team in each.
But then it gets complicated.
The Big 12 has just one remaining undefeated team in TCU, and the Horned Frogs still have a tough schedule ahead, as do one-loss teams like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Pac 12 is essentially out of the race with all but two teams having multiple losses already.
If the Big 12 doesn’t produce a clear and obvious champion with a strong résumé, a 12-1 Georgia team will be tough for the committee to turn down.