Kirk Herbstreit reacts to Georgia's close loss to Alabama: 'I don’t think Georgia is out — I think they move up'
How’s this for a bold take?
Not only does Kirk Herbstreit believe Georgia is still alive after losing to Alabama, the ESPN College GameDay host believes the Bulldogs should move up in final College Football Playoff Rankings, set to be released Sunday at Noon.
The Bulldogs fell to the Crimson Tide 35-28 but did manage to control the action for much of the game from Atlanta. Alabama fans had to really sweat this one to the very end, things particularly looked bleak when Tua Tagovailoa went down with an injury in the fourth quarter with the Tide losing. However, Jalen Hurts came in off the bench and led the Tide to a comeback win to capture the 2018 SEC Championship.
With one-loss Oklahoma capturing the Big 12 title on Saturday and one-loss Ohio State closing in on winning the Big Ten title, most see those teams as the two fighting it out for the final Playoff spot. Herbstreit sees it much differently.
The ESPN analyst shared his thoughts on the Playoff rankings while calling the ACC Championship Game on ABC.
“I don’t think it’s about the four spot — I guess it is. For me, Georgia moves to No. 3,” Herbstreit said during the ABC broadcast. “That’s going to upset everybody but I’m sorry. I don’t think Georgia is out — I think they move up. If they are going to move at all, they are going to move up. I think Notre Dame will move down to No. 4.”
“I don’t get caught up in champions I get caught up in ‘best.'”
Ohio State and Oklahoma fans aren’t going to like to hear that but if the committee does plan on taking the best four, there’s an excellent chance that Georgia makes the field. The real question is, what will the committee’s criteria be for the Playoff field this year?