Following Georgia’s somewhat lackluster win over Tennessee, some folks are scratching their heads at the Bulldogs.
The previous week, the Florida Gators torched the Vols in Neyland Stadium, and Georgia played a so-so game in a 38-12 home win over UT. Yes, Georgia is ranked No. 2 in the country, is no doubt the SEC East favorite and has as much or more talent than any team in the country, but unfortunately, Alabama is Georgia’s benchmark and the Dawgs haven’t looked as good as the Tide through five weeks.
Most point to both Alabama and Georgia making the College Football Playoff, but that’s certainly not a guarantee at this point. The Bulldogs ability to make the CFP depends on how their season plays out, sure, but it also depends on other factors such as Ohio State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame, among others. If the Buckeyes and Sooners finish undefeated, it will be tough for the SEC to get two teams in, especially if Clemson runs through the ACC as expected.
While on ESPN’s Get Up, Paul Finebaum explained why he isn’t certain Georgia is a College Football Playoff team at this point, and if Georgia doesn’t get in, that means the SEC likely won’t get two teams in like last year.
“There are no guarantees the second team is going to get in,” Finebaum said. “If Notre Dame runs the table, if Ohio State runs the table, if Oklahoma runs the table – we have serious problems.
“And Georgia is not playing very well right now. I know they’re undefeated. They have big games coming up, especially next week when they go to Baton Rouge. They have Florida later in the month. They have Auburn. They’ll ultimately see Alabama. I’m not certain they’re going to make it.”
As always, there’s lots of talk before we hit November about Playoff speculation, and it always plays itself out. This year, especially, should be very entertaining down the stretch.
Here’ Finebaum’s comments and segment on Get Up: