Auburn might not have been perfect, but it rolled the Tide in the Iron Bowl. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Final Score: Auburn 26, Alabama 14
Prediction: Alabama 23, Auburn 17
Line: Alabama -4.5, o/u: 47.5
The SEC Champion is going to the College Football Playoff.
Auburn has two losses, and – in theory – Clemson should probably make it over the SEC Tigers based on the head-to-head win, but you beat two No. 1 teams, you’re in the College Football Playoff.
And now, if Georgia wins, it’s in, too.
And the loser is out. But …
Does Alabama actually catch a break now by not playing in the SEC Championship? If Ohio State wins the Big Ten title, and TCU wins the Big 12, will the Crimson Tide get in? In a funky way, Alabama might have a better shot of getting into the CFP than Auburn.
The Crimson Tide need some help, but there’s still so much Bama love out there that losing this might not be a death blow.
Kerryon Johnson went out with an apparently shoulder injury, but not before running for 104 yards and a score. What does Auburn do if he can’t go against Georgia? That means Jarrett Stidham has to be amazing again.
Awesome against the Crimson Tide, Stidham came up with a legendary performance, completing 21-of-28 passes for 237 yards and running for 51 yards and a touchdown.
Where were the Alabama playmakers? Jalen Hurts could only do so much, completing 13-of-23 passes for 177 yards and a score, and running for a team-high 80 yards on 17 carries.
Calvin Ridley? Just three catches for 38 yards.
The Crimson Tide ran well, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, but they just never had any control. They converted just 3-of-11 third down tries, and Auburn converted 9-of-18. The Tigers owned the clock for over 36 minutes.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
Could the SEC get two teams in? Not necessarily.
If Wisconsin beats Ohio State – in.
If winner of the ACC Championship – in.
If Oklahoma beats TCU – in.
The SEC Champion – in.
Alabama needs some funky things to happen, and it needs a whole lot of love and respect from the committee, to find a way to get in this thing.