Georgia is 11-0, #1 in the AP Top 25, #1 in the Coaches Poll, #1 in the College Football Playoffs rankings and has a 16-6 away win over Kentucky. ESPN addressed the Bulldogs this week, including his latest Predictions for the College Football Playoffs. Georgia, Ohio State, and TCU all received 12 votes, Michigan received 11 votes, and USC received one vote. Georgia was #1 on all 12 ballots.
At latest shell projectionsKyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach both project now Georgia to CFP Semifinals Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl vs. USC. In both, Georgia faces Ohio State in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T.
Bonagura: Without factoring in possible surprises over the next few weeks, the top three teams are clear: Georgia, the Ohio State/Michigan winner, and TCU.
Schlabach: None of the top CFP contenders looked great on Saturday. Georgia won 16-6 in Kentucky and only had 116 passing yards. Ohio State won 43-30 in Maryland, who had 402 yards of offense. Michigan hit three field goals in the fourth quarter and held off Illinois 19-17 on Jake Moody’s 35-yarder with nine seconds left. TCU came from behind again and knocked out Baylor 29-28 on the street on Griffin Kell’s 40-yard field goal when time was up. And USC edged out rival UCLA 48-45 en route to reaching the Pac-12 championship game.
None of the top contenders have been particularly dominant, but this time of year is about survival, not style points. I’m sticking with my top 4 of Georgia, Ohio State, TCU, and USC. I’m picking the Buckeyes to beat the Wolverines at home on Saturday.
Bill Connellys updated SP+ ranking still has Georgia at number 1. He discussed the CFP hierarchy here:
With those acquaintances in mind, here is a hypothetical hierarchy of teams and the resumes that could exist in two weeks time:
1. 13-0 Georgia (SEC champions)
2. 13-0 Big Ten Champion (Ohio State or Michigan)
3. 13-0 TCU (Big 12 Champion)
That is very easy. This is where straightness ends. Here’s my best guess for what’s next.
4. Georgia 12-1 (SEC runner-up)
5. Ohio State 12-1 (Big Ten runners-up)
6. LSU 11-2 (SEC Champion)
7. Michigan 12-1 (Big Ten runners-up)
8. Ohio State 11-1
9. USC 12-1 (Pac-12 Champion)
10. Clemson 12-1 (ACC Champion)
11 Michigan 11-1
12. TCU 12-1 (Big 12 runner-up)
Barring a loss to Georgia Tech this weekend – which I’ll boldly announce as “unlikely” – there’s no doubt Georgia will be included.
In which Reaction from the AP Top 25ESPN said of Georgia:
The SEC portion of the regular season is over for Georgia as the Dawgs return home on Saturday to take on rival Georgia Tech. Georgia will be a big favorite in the game and will look a lot more polished on offense, especially when it comes to finishing drives than it did in the 16-6 win over Kentucky. A win over Georgia Tech would likely earn Georgia a berth in the college football playoffs, even if it lost to LSU in the December 3 SEC championship game. –Chris Low
Georgia remains No. 1 in the ESPN Power Rankings after week 12.
The Kentucky defense came into play and made this game much closer than most expected, but the heavily favored Dawgs were able to win it 16-6 away. Georgia struggled for touchdowns in the red zone and had to settle for three short field goals. Kenny McIntosh was the main cog on Georgia’s offense with 143 rushing yards, including a 9-yard touchdown. A couple of times in the game, Georgia struggled to convert into short-range situations. Nonetheless, the Dawgs won their 26th straight game of the regular season and ended an 8-0 undefeated season in the SEC for the second straight year. Only two other schools have done so in the last 40 years – Alabama (2008-09) and Florida (1995-96). –Chris Low
The Dawgs are now preparing to host Georgia Tech on Saturday, November 26th. Kick-off is scheduled for noon ET and the game will be televised by ESPN.