The Path to the College Football Playoff: Win out, get into the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 seed of No. 1 seeds. Lose once along the way, but win the SEC Championship, and get in no matter what. Go 12-0, and lose to Georgia in the SEC title game, and … then it gets interesting. If Georgia is 13-0 and that’s the loss, in. But America would scream.
What Will Happen: Bama won’t walk through the rest of the schedule like many thing, but he’ll win the SEC Championship and get in as the No. 1 seed.
The Path to the College Football Playoff: Stay with it. Even with two losses, if it wins through the rest of the schedule and has wins over Washington, at Ole Miss, Texas A&M, at Georgia, and at Alabama … look out. It’ll have to somehow get to to the SEC Championship through all the traffic of having two SEC losses, but if it does, and it wins it, and it goes 12-2, like it would’ve been last year … in?
What Will Happen: Nah … they’re losing at least two more.
The Path to the College Football Playoff: Now it’s Game On after the win over LSU. The loss to Kentucky is still here, but if the Gators beat Georgia and beats everyone else – it’s not crazy; at Vanderbilt, Missouri, South Carolina, Idaho, at Florida State – and UK loses once more, in, and the puck is on their stick at 11-1 for the CFP.
What Will Happen: Be very, very careful here – it might just happen. But assume a loss to Georgia to end the dream.
The Path to the College Football Playoff: Win out, and at 13-0 with an SEC Championship it’s the No. 1 seed. Lose once, but win the SEC title game at 12-1, and it’ll get in – no question. But if it’s 12-1 with an SEC Championship loss? Then the debate stars, but it’s in if there aren’t three other obvious options. Notre Dame losing would be nice.
What Will Happen: The Dawgs will lose once along the way – either at LSU, or to Florida, or at Kentucky, or to Auburn, or against the Georgia Tech option on the wrong day, and they’ll lose to Alabama in the SEC Championship.
The Path to the College Football Playoff: It’s all still on the table after the Texas A&M loss. Win out against Vanderbilt, at Missouri, Georgia, at Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, at Louisville, and it’s in the SEC Championship with a shot at the CFP at 11-1.
What Will Happen: They’ll finish the year with double-digit wins, but they’ll lose once more along the way – probably to Georgia, but watch out for the date at Missouri – to end the dream.
The Path to the College Football Playoff: It’s all still there despite the loss to Florida. Beat Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama and Texas A&M on the way to 11-1, win the SEC title game, and get in. But a second loss ends it.
What Will Happen: It’s a brutal schedule and it’s not getting through it without another loss. It’ll be in the mix for a New Year’s Six game, but it’ll lose to either Georgia or Alabama at home – at least.