Path To The 2018 College Football Playoff: Georgia Bulldogs
What is Georgia’s path to the 2018 College Football Playoff? What are the different ways the Bulldogs can get in?
Path To The Playoff: Georgia
What’s The Easiest Path?
Alabama and Georgia are in the same boat. If one of them goes 13-0 and wins the SEC Championship, it’s in the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 seed, and a mortal lock to get a relative home game in the Sugar Bowl.
The Bulldogs don’t have an easy run with South Carolina, at Auburn, Kentucky and at Georgia Tech to close, but even if they’re 12-1 with an SEC Championship, they’re going to get in.
If the SEC title comes over an unbeaten Alabama, then they’re likely the No. 2 seed – at worst – but if it’s over LSU or Auburn, it’ll still probably be second, but probably won’t be No. 1.
Unlike Alabama, there’s no way to lose in one of the three remaining SEC games and not get into the conference championship.
But, What Happens If …
Georgia goes 12-1 with an SEC Championship loss?
If the defeat comes to one-loss or unbeaten Alabama, the Bulldogs are still almost certain to get in. The win over Notre Dame on the road, and depending what happens at Auburn, should be enough to overcome a loss to a fantastic Tide team.
However, if Georgia loses in the SEC title game to LSU or Auburn, it’ll take a whole lot of help to get in, but it would likely be higher in the pecking order over a multi-loss Tiger team.
The Realistic Worst Case Scenario
Georgia gets to the SEC Championship game with two losses, or loses once and then loses to Alabama.
Going 12-0 and then losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship should be okay, but if the Bulldogs lose at Auburn and then lose to the Crimson Tide, forget it.
The other dangerous scenario would be a loss at Auburn and a loss a Georgia Tech. Georgia would still get to the SEC Championship, but it would already have two losses.
At 10-2, a win over 12-0 Alabama might still be considered good enough to get close, but it would take a slew of other big things to happen in the other conference title games.
Okay, What’s Going To Happen?
Georgia goes 12-0 and gets to the SEC Championship, loses to Alabama, but still gets in as the No. 3 seed.