College Football Playoff simulator predicts an all-SEC national championship game
The 2017 College Football Playoff field is set, and the SEC is sitting pretty with two teams in the semifinal games.
Alabama and Georgia both occupied the top spot in the Playoff rankings at times this season and made their way into the final four. Georgia knocked off Auburn in the SEC Championship Game to secure its spot while Alabama was the beneficiary of Ohio State taking down previously unbeaten Wisconsin.
The Bulldogs, as the No. 3 seed, will play in the Rose Bowl against No. 2 Oklahoma. The Crimson Tide, as the No. 4 seed, will play No. 1 overall seed Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. Both games present a tough matchup for the SEC teams involved, but early simulator projections are already pointing to an all-SEC national championship game between Alabama and Georgia.
Ben Kercheval with CBS Sports shared the projections, and Alabama is projected to beat the Tigers in a rematch of last year’s national championship. The matchup between Georgia and Oklahoma is projected to be much closer but still has the Bulldogs coming out on top.
Now that we know which teams are playing and where, it’s time to set the early odds on who will win. According to SportsLine’s Stephen Oh, Alabama has a 65 percent chance of beating Clemson by a projected score of 23-19. Meanwhile, Georgia has a mere 51 percent chance of beating Oklahoma by a projected score of 28-27.
If these projections hold true, Alabama would be favored over Georgia in the national championship with a 70% chance of beating the Bulldogs.
Anything is possible, but it is definitely a good time to be a fan of the Tide or the Bulldogs.