The Georgia Bulldogs, who are now 11-2 after losing in the SEC Championship Game to Alabama 35-28, dropped out of the top 4 of the College Football Playoff rankings, and will not participate in the College Football Playoff. The Bulldogs finished as the No. 5 team in the country.
The Bulldogs led for a majority of the game on Saturday, as quarterback Jake Fromm threw for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns against a strong Alabama defense. Georgia had a 28-21 lead over the Crimson Tide when quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left the game with an injury. But backup Jalen Hurts led Alabama to touchdowns on two straight drives to the end game. Fromm’s Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the game got knocked away, making Alabama SEC champs.
The Crimson Tide are still the No. 1 team in the country, followed by Clemson at No. 2 and Notre Dame at No. 3. Oklahoma came in at No. 4, as the Sooners moved up after they beat Texas, avenging their only loss of the season. Ohio State, who won the Big Ten, did not make the College Football Playoff either as the Buckeyes were No. 6.
Many, including ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, argued that Georgia should’ve been in the College Football Playoff based on being one of the four best teams in the country. However, the College Football Playoff committee did not see it that way. No two-loss team has ever made the playoff.
As for what’s next for Georgia, that will be announced Sunday. Should Georgia finish as the highest ranked SEC team not to make the College Football Playoff, the Bulldogs would go to the Sugar Bowl to take on the highest ranked Big 12 team that does not make the playoff. That will be either Texas or West Virginia. The Longhorns lost to Oklahoma on Saturday, 37-29. The Sugar Bowl will be played on Jan. 1 in New Orleans and is slated to kick off at 8:45 p.m. ET. The bowl announcement should come out at around 3 p.m. on Sunday.
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