Auburn 40, Georgia 17: Can The Tigers Really Get Into The College Football Playoff?
Auburn didn’t just beat the No. 1 team, it demolished the Dawgs. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Game Preview & Prediction
Final Score: Auburn 40, Georgia 17
Prediction: Georgia 27, Auburn 24
Line: Georgia -2.5, o/u: 50
Seriously, Georgia fans … R-E-L-A-X.
It’s a loss, and it doesn’t matter that it was a blowout. Georgia probably had to win the SEC Championship no matter what – the two SEC team was hardly a sure-thing – and now it just has to do it.
Of course, Georgia Tech is scary, and beating Bama or Auburn is hardly going to be a breeze, but it’s not like the world ended. Beat Kentucky, beat Georgia Tech, beat the Iron Bowl winner, get in.
Seriously, Auburn fans … H-O-P-E. No, it’s not a lock in any way that the Tigers are getting in by winning out. At the moment, a one-loss ACC champion is in, a one-loss or unbeaten Big Ten is in, a one-loss Big Ten team is in, and a one-loss Notre Dame – assuming it beats Miami – makes it no matter what.
Does a two-loss SEC Champion get in over a one-loss Alabama? It should, but Ohio State made it in last year over a two-loss Penn State. Just win out, and put the pressure on the committee.
What happened to the Georgia offensive line that was so amazing all year? Auburn came up with four sacks and held the Tigers to just 46 yards. The Bulldogs didn’t go anywhere.
That’s what Jarrett Stidham is for. 16-of-23, 214 yards three touchdowns with a rushing score. He was the veteran presence and playmaker Georgia didn’t have with Jake Fromm. Kerryon Johnson added 167 yards on 32 carries.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
Auburn is absolutely deep in it now.
It’s hardly a lock that the Tigers are going to beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl, and it’s not a sure-thing to win a rematch against Georgia in the SEC Championship, but the possibility is there now.
The big concern for the rest of college football? A two-loss Auburn wins the SEC Championship, closing out beating No. 1 Georgia, new No. 1 Alabama, and then Georgia again. The Power Five conferences with one-loss champions are still fine, but the two-loss champs go to the back of the line.
Georgia, again, is fine.
There’s no more margin for error now – it can’t lose the SEC Championship and get in – but win out, get in the College Football Playoff.