Georgia stunned Auburn 13-7. What does it all mean to the College Football Playoff and the SEC race?
Georgia 13, Auburn 7: What Does It All Mean?
– Barring a massive upset in the SEC championship, Alabama is in the College Football Playoff. The Iron Bowl now is meaningless. Alabama is the SEC West champ, and it’s not going to lose to UT-Chattanooga, so as long as it beats Tennessee or Florida in Atlanta, at 12-1, the Crimson Tide are in.
– Auburn is totally beaten up. Give credit to the Georgia defensive front for dominating the Auburn offensive front, especially in the second half, but Sean White wasn’t right, and Kamryn Pettway couldn’t go, and the Tiger offense came to a dead stop, being held to under 40 yards in the second half. Auburn couldn’t move the ball a lick, with Sean White completing just 6-of-20 passes for 27 yards and a pick, but Kerryon Johnson was okay, running for 99 yards and a score and completing two passes. Chalk this up to a great day for the Dawgs up front.
– No picks, at least by the quarterback. Jacob Eason didn’t throw any interceptions, he threw for 208 yards, Nick Chubb ran for 101 yards, and that was enough to survive. The Georgia defense did enough to hold its own, and Eason never had to press or take any chances. There was one very, very ill-advised trick play Terry Godwin interception thrown into the end zone, but that was it for the big errors, while Georgia got what it needed on the Marcus Smith pick six for its only touchdown.
– Georgia is bowl eligible. That wasn’t really in doubt with Louisiana-Lafayette coming up next, and Georgia Tech at home, but it’s done now. With a win to screw up Auburn’s season, and after yucking Kentucky’s yum last week, Kirby Smart’s first season is looking better and better. It’s going to still take some work, but now, this is a good building block campaign.
– Overall, this is a key piece to the puzzle for several teams needing a little bit of chaos to happen. Now, an Auburn win over Alabama is meaningless, since the Tigers can’t win the SEC title with two wins. The door is opening wider now for Louisville, a two-loss Wisconsin if it wins the Big Ten championship, Michigan if it loses to Ohio State, and for West Virginia, who’s still in this by winning out and taking the Big 12 title.