Through seven weeks of action, two SEC teams — Alabama and Georgia — are undefeated and in good position to make the College Football Playoff. But could two teams from the same conference really make it in?
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit doesn’t think so. He was asked that question by Rece Davis on Tuesday night, and this is what he had to say.
“I just can not imagine a scenario where the committee is willing to put two from one conference in,” Herbstreit said. “Georgia looks great right now. Alabama does too. You talk about their schedule. Jalen Hurts is only getting better and more comfortable with Brian Daboll in their scheme. I just can’t envision those two teams both getting in and two other Power conferences getting left out. It would have to be an incredible unique situation.”
Herbstreit could be right, but a path does seem to be opening up for both teams to make the playoff. The Pac 12 is already without an undefeated team; The Big 10 has Penn State a, which begins a gauntlet of Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State on Saturday, and Wisconsin, which looked shaky against Purdue last weekend; The Big 12 has only undefeated TCU, which still has to play at Oklahoma; Miami is the ACC’s only undefeated team following Clemson’s shocking loss to Syracuse last weekend.
And that’s just through Week 7. More of the top teams are likely to lose over the second half of the season, and as long as Georgia and Alabama can avoid being upset until their matchup in the SEC Championship Game, it’s hard to imagine one being left out.
The Crimson Tide only have two tests left this season — vs LSU on Nov. 4 and at Auburn on Nov. 25. The Bulldogs have a slightly tougher remaining schedule, but they also will travel to Auburn on Nov. 11. UGA ends the regular season with a rivalry game at Georgia Tech.
But even if all those things break right for the Tide and Bulldogs, Herbstreit still doesn’t envision two SEC teams in the playoff.
“Even if they’re both deserving, its just hard for me to imagine the committee not recognizing and giving a Power 5 conference a chance to get into that playoff,”Herbstreit said. “I’m all about the best four. I don’t care what conference you’re in at all,” Herbstreit said. “I hope the committee does the right thing. To me, if Bama and UGA (are the best) when the dust settles, I just can’t watch the committee not give them a chance. And if they feel Georgia is one of the top four teams after watching the (SEC Championship) game, so be it, put it in there.”