The penultimate version of the College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday night. And Saturday’s SEC championship game will be a matchup between the No. 2 team in the country and the No. 4 team in the country, as Georgia football plays LSU in Atlanta.
The Bulldogs once again maintained their No. 4 ranking, as they sit behind unbeaten Ohio State, LSU and Clemson. There is a new No. 5 team in the country, as Utah moved up to take over the spot vacated by Alabama, who lost to Auburn. Just behind them are Oklahoma at No. 6 and Baylor at No. 7. Those two teams play in the Big 12 championship game on Saturday.
Georgia’s resume is once again propped up by its three top-15 wins, as it has victories over No. 9 Florida, No. 11 Auburn and No. 15 Notre Dame. A win over LSU would very likely secure Georgia’s ticket to the College Football Playoff.
But the Bulldogs enter the game against LSU as 7.5-point underdog. Georgia and LSU met in 2018, with the Tigers coming away with a 36-16 victory.
“Schematically, they’re different. They hurt us with some things last year. Some of the things they hurt us with last year they still do,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “Some of them they don’t. They’re just a really different team from an offensive perspective.”
This will be the third consecutive season the Bulldogs play in the SEC championship game. Georgia won in 2017, beating Auburn, but lost in 2018 to Alabama.
The 2019 SEC Championship Game is set for a 4 p.m. ET start on Saturday. The final College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Sunday.
To see the full College Football Playoff rankings for Week 15.
College Football Playoff rankings Top 25 Week 15
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
- Boise State
- App State
- Oklahoma State
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