Auburn could play a fascinating role in the SEC’s College Football Playoff picture. Or so writes Yahoo columnist Pat Forde.
In breaking down the action from this past weekend, the analyst asked an interesting question: Could Auburn be the ultimate SEC saboteur? Yes, the Tigers hurt their own chances for a College Football Playoff berth with a surprising loss to LSU in Baton Rouge. But as Forde notes, Auburn plays both of the SEC’s College Football Playoff hopefuls, Georgia and Alabama. And if the Tigers win out, they would present an interesting case to be included among college football’s best four teams before the College Football Playoff begins.
Here’s part of Forde’s column:
The 6-2 Tigers are the only remaining team that plays both Georgia (Nov. 11) and Alabama (Nov. 25) – and plays them both at home. If Auburn beats them both and wins out in the regular season, it would play in the SEC title game. A win there to finish 11-2, with victories over Alabama and Georgia (perhaps twice), plus two close road losses to decent teams (Clemson and LSU), and Auburn could present an intriguing résumé to the selection committee. Of course, all that presupposes that the Tigers could beat Alabama and Georgia, which at present doesn’t appear likely. But the scenario exists.
That’s a fascinating scenario to consider. Of course, it assumes that Auburn would beat Alabama and Georgia twice, which seems like a bit of a stretch now.
Still, if the Tigers become hot down the stretch, it would be hard to ignore their accomplishments.