Here's How The SEC Can Get Three Teams Into The College Football Playoff

Here's How The SEC Can Get Three Teams Into The College Football Playoff

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Here's How The SEC Can Get Three Teams Into The College Football Playoff


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Outside of the Southeastern Conference, college football fans were in a rage when both Alabama and Georgia were rewarded a spot in the 2017 College Football Playoff. It gave the the SEC two teams in the semifinals, furthering the conference’s reign as college football’s most dominant league.

But could the nation’s best conference squeeze three teams into the CFP this year?

Probably not, but never say never, especially when it comes to college football.

Right now, the AP Top 25 has Alabama sitting at No. 1 followed by Georgia at No. 2. Resting at No. 6 is LSU, who has beaten two top-10 in the first three weeks of the season.

The postseason is still a long way away, and even the CFP rankings don’t come out for a good bit. However, it is possible the playoff committee will be faced with the decision of whether or not to frustrate America and placing three SEC teams in the final four.

Here’s how it can happen.

  • First, Alabama needs to go undefeated (12-0) in the regular season and make it to the SEC Championship.
  • LSU would need to beat Georgia on October 13th in Baton Rouge. In this scenario, the Tigers would lose their annual matchup with Alabama but win every other game on the schedule. LSU would not make it to Atlanta, but would finish the season 11-1, the same as Alabama last year, who still made the Playoff.
  • Georgia would lose to LSU, but run the table after that. For this to play out, the Dawgs would need to beat Alabama in the SEC title game and go 12-1. That would be basically the same story as last season, which saw UGA make it to the national championship.

Let’s assume that scenario plays out. The SEC would then have Alabama (12-1), LSU (11-1) and Georgia (12-1) all sitting with just one loss.

The committee would face an overwhelming amount of pressure to leave one of those teams out of the race.

Realistically, the Bulldogs could not be excluded, considering they would have won the SEC.

Let’s be real…we all know Alabama would not be left watching from home, just because, well, it’s Bama.

Could LSU get the short end of the stick? It seems they’d be the most likely candidate to be left out due simply to the pressure facing the committee to not allow three SEC teams in. They would have beaten the SEC champs, but not made the title game.

What about Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma?

As for the three other teams on top of the college football rankings, there would need to be some losses.

  • Clemson does not really play anybody that poses a serious threat, but neither did last year’s Tiger team outside of their early season game against Auburn. Yet, they still lost to Syracuse. Anything can happen. Even so, the Tigers would somehow have to lose twice.
  • Ohio State survived its first test of the season on Saturday against No. 15 TCU. But the Buckeyes still have to play at Penn State, at Michigan State and a season finale against Michigan. Yes, this might be the one non-SEC team that breaks in, but can it run the table? Probably not, but even with the return of head coach Urban Meyer, OSU will have to lose twice.
  • Oklahoma got knocked off last season against Iowa State, but was able to beat the Cyclones on Saturday. Yet the Sooners still have a few tough games left on their schedule, including at TCU and West Virginia, and at home against Oklahoma State.

It’s a long shot, but how awesome would this be for the SEC? If you want this, you need the other Power Five conferences to have two-loss champions. Start there, and the dominoes might fall.

What may make it even better is the sheer amount of whining the rest of the country would do.

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