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ESPN not as high on Georgia’s Playoff chances compared to other unbeatens

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ESPN not as high on Georgia’s Playoff chances compared to other unbeatens

There are 11 unbeaten teams remaining in college football. Eight, including Notre Dame, of them come from the Power 5, including both Alabama and Georgia from the SEC. But of those eight teams, ESPN’s College Football Playoff Predictor gives Georgia the fifth best chance of making the College Football Playoff.

The Bulldogs were ranked behind Alabama (No. 1), Ohio State(No. 2), Clemson (No. 3) and Notre Dame (No. 4), despite Georgia being ranked only behind Alabama in both the Coaches and the AP Poll.

The obvious reason for this is because Georgia will in all likelihood play Alabama in the SEC title game. And while teams have gotten into the College Football Playoff before without winning their conference championship, no team has gotten in after losing in their conference championship game.

ESPN’s Heather Dinich further explained why Georgia is ranked where it is and added that should Georgia has a 64-percent chance of making the College Football Playoff should both the Bulldogs and Alabama enter the SEC Championship game with an unbeaten record.

“Georgia has looked dominant, but it doesn’t have any wins against teams that are currently ranked, and it has played one FCS opponent in Austin Peay,” Dinich wrote. “Saturday at LSU will be its first chance to make a statement on the national stage. Tennessee (2-3) is the only opponent they’ve beaten that is under .500, though, and Georgia has two road wins (at South Carolina and Missouri). Georgia ranks second in defensive efficiency and fourth in offensive efficiency. The Bulldogs, along with the Crimson Tide, are the only teams that rank in the top 10 in the FBS in both categories.”

Georgia will get a shot at a ranked opponent on Saturday, when the Bulldogs visit No. 13 LSU, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on CBS and heard on the radio on WSB radio 95.5 FM/AM 750. South Carolina was ranked earlier in the season when Georgia beat the Gamecocks on the road.

Dawgs in the NFL

Week 5 of the NFL season concluded on Monday as the Saints, with former Bulldog Benjamin Watson, picking up a 43-19 victory over the Washington Redskins. As is usally the case, a number of former Bulldogs had standout weeks, as the likes of Sony Michel of the New England Patriots and Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals helped lead their teams to wins.

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley was named the Top Dawg of the week, which is given out to the top former Georgia player in the NFL that week. He scored three touchdowns and led the Rams to a 33-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Below, you can see how a number of other Bulldogs preformed during week 5.

  • Sony Michel, Running back, New England Patriots: 18 carries, 98 yards and a touchdown for New England.
  • Alec Ogletree, Linebacker, New York Giants: Finished with six tackles in a 33-31 loss to the Carolina Panthers
  • Lorenzo Carter, Linebacker, New York Giants: Ended the game with two tackles
  • A.J. Green, Wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals: Brought in six catches for 112 yards in a 27-17 win for the Bengals.
  • Shawn Williams, Defensive back, Cincinnati Bengals: Recorded four tackles for the Bengals.
  • Reshad Jones, Defensive back, Miami Dolphins: Returned to action after missing the last two games and led Miami with eight tackles
  • Chris Conley, Wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs: His two catches for 21 yards helped Kansas City take down the Jacksonville Jaguars to move to remain unbeaten
  • Justin Houston, Linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs: Finished the game with two quarterback hits. The Chiefs’ defense ended the game with four interceptions.
  • Matthew Stafford, Quarterback, Detroit Lions: Completed 14 of his 26 for 183 yards and two touchdowns in a win for the Detroit Lions over the Green Bay Packers.
  • Jordan Jenkins, Linebacker, New York Jets: Jenkins added 0.5 sacks to his total, which now ups his total to 2.5 on the season.
  • Benjamin Watson, Tight end, New Orleans Saints: Caught four passes for 30 yards as the Saints crushed the Washington Redskins

Come out to Marlow’s to chat Georgia football with Brandon Adams and Jeff Sentell

Want to talk some Georgia football with the DawgNation experts ahead of Georgia’s big game against LSU? Well DawgNation has you covered.

On Tuesday, DawgNation’s Brandon Adams and Jeff Sentell will be at the Marlow’s Tavern Northlake (4156 La Vista Rd, Tucker, GA 30084) to take your questions and talk about Georgia football and recruiting.

The festivities start at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. so come on by, have a bite to eat and talk some Georgia football with us.

If you get there at 6, you’ll also be able to take part in a Q&A with Jeff and Brandon where they’ll provide some intel that you regularly wouldn’t be able to hear and find. With everything going on in Georgia recruiting, this is definitely something you’ll want to be there for. And let’s not forget about Georgia’s huge game against LSU.

Wear your Red & Black and get a FREE appetizer with your entree purchase. These events are always a great time and this one will be as well. So make sure you’re there.

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