Jeremiah Holloman, Georgia fans rally to support for former UGA TE Luke Ford

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Luke Ford has not yet been given an NCAA waiver to play at Illinois.

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Jeremiah Holloman, Georgia fans show support for former UGA TE Luke Ford

Justin Fields wasn’t the only member of the Georgia football team to transfer to a Big Ten school. Luke Ford, who was the No. 3 tight end prospect in the 2018 recruiting cycle, announced he was transferring home to Illinois.

As for the Georgia angle, it’s good to see that fans are willing to support someone who gave a lot to the Georgia football program, if only for a little bit.

ESPN has Georgia as a top playoff challenger

On Wednesday, ESPN released its College Football Playoff Predictor. It had defending champion Clemson as the team most likely to make the College Football Playoff at an 83 percent chance. Up next was Alabama at 71 percent. Michigan came in at third with a 41 percent chance of making the playoff. And then the Georgia Bulldogs slid into the No. 4 spot with a 40 percent chance.

The Bulldogs actually have a slightly better chance than Michigan of winning the national title, as the predictive model gives Georgia an 8 percent chance of winning it all. Only Clemson and Alabama have a higher percentage of winning two games in the College Football Playoff.

ESPN’s Seth Walder explained why the Bulldogs came in fourth.

“Though Georgia — which also is bringing back a known quantity at QB in Jake Fromm — is a longer shot to reach the playoff than Michigan, Georgia has a better chance of actually winning the national championship,” Walder wrote. “It makes sense: Most (including FPI) would agree that the Bulldogs are better than the Wolverines, but their path the top four is more complicated with Alabama and LSU in the same conference.”

LSU does have a 32 percent chance of making the playoff per ESPN. But Georgia can only play one of Alabama or LSU, provided the Bulldogs make it to the SEC championship game. Georgia has done that in each of the past two seasons, as the Bulldogs beat Auburn in 2017 and lost to the Crimson Tide in 2018.

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