The Eye Test: Of course 2 SEC teams can make the College Football Playoff
A rule of thumb in college football: Nobody knows anything in October. And one of the most annoying “facts” of the moment is that the College Football Playoff committee would not select two teams from the SEC come December.
Until the committee adopts a rule preventing a conference from double-dipping, it’s silly to believe it can’t happen.
Look at the past decade: Two Southeastern Conference teams likely would have made the four-team layoff field in 2008, 2011 and 2013, and it easily could have happened in 2009, too.
This year, the SEC boasts both Alabama and Georgia, two undefeated teams that could very well remain that way until they meet in Atlanta. If that’s the case — and they play a close game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the SEC Championship Game — it’s highly likely that both will be in the layoff field.
Even if one of the teams loses before that matchup, it would still earn a playoff ticket by winning the conference title game. And in that scenario, if the loser of the SEC title game is undefeated going in, it would be very tough to keep them out after a close loss.
Considering that the Big 12 is as volatile as ever, the ACC just watched its best team lose to Syracuse, the Big Ten has two unconvincing favorites and the Pac-12 is effectively out of the running (more on that below), it’s not a stretch to think both Alabama and Georgia might wind up on the list of the playoff committee’s top-4 teams.
Pac-12 living on a prayer
No conference had a more disappointing weekend than the Pac-12. Its final two undefeated teams (No. 5 Washington and No. 8 Washington State) fell to unranked opponents, while its only other playoff hopeful (No. 13 USC) nearly lost to unranked Utah.
One of those three schools needs to win out for the conference to have a realistic shot at winning a national title. But a quick glance at their second-half schedules reveal that it’s probably not going to happen. Southern Cal could be picked off as soon as this next weekend at Notre Dame, while one of the Washington teams will go down in the Apple Cup in late November. The Huskies and Cougars both have treacherous road games coming up, too.
So, pour one out for the Pac-12, which will probably miss the four-team tournament for the second time in three years.
In case you were sleeping (you probably were), Arizona State sealed its win over No. 5 Washington with this insane catch. pic.twitter.com/9rc3VhqFZw
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 15, 2017
Tennessee about to extend ugly streak
If Rocky Top feels like it hasn’t seen a touchdown in forever, it’s because it hasn’t. Tennessee has now gone nearly a month without a TD, and that streak doesn’t figure to end any time soon. Butch Jones’ team travels to Tuscaloosa next week, and then — if it can’t get in the end zone against No. 1 Alabama – must take on a tough Kentucky defense in Lexington on Oct. 28.
Following a 15-9 loss to South Carolina, which included an utterly disappointing first start by redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, there are plenty of renewed calls to fire Butch Jones. He’s got an impressive buyout clause, but how much longer until Tennessee rips off the Band-Aid?
Take a moment to appreciate the greatness of Vols running back John Kelly, who — at this point — can only hope that his absurd talent can result in a field goal here and there.
Here’s what caught our Eye in Week 7
LSU created a throwback locker for Y.A. Tittle after the legendary quarterback passed away this past week. He led the Tigers to a top-10 finish in 1946 before beginning a 15-year NFL career. Tittle was named to the Pro Bowl on seven occasions, won an MVP award and helped the New York Giants reach three consecutive championship games between 1961-63.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 13, 2017
Following a crazy 27-23 loss at Death Valley, Auburn still has not won in Baton Rouge since 1999. That streak will reach at least 20 years before the teams’ 2019 meeting back at LSU.
LSU begins the 4th quarter with a BANG. pic.twitter.com/SkeudkbSKp
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 14, 2017
Les Miles returned to Baton Rouge to help celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his national title squad. Naturally, he ate some grass.
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 14, 2017
Alabama’s 25-year anniversary celebration of its 1992 national title team featured the indestructable Gene Stallings and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who flew into Tuscaloosa after his Tigers lost at Syracuse on Friday night.
People bagged on Florida’s new alternate uniforms all week … and continued to bag on them after seeing them on live TV. The kit is an excellent attempt at camoflauge, but a highly questionable fashion statement.
And the 2017 award for the ugliest uniform in college football goes to…..
The Florida Gators. pic.twitter.com/zBMbVsUKoy
— Richard Daugherty (@Richard_RND) October 14, 2017
The most exciting moment from Florida’s nail-biting loss to Texas A&M was a wholly unexpected 79-yard dash by quarterback Feleipe Franks.
Feleipe Franks just went 79 yards in 20 seconds.
Is that good? pic.twitter.com/C11n17U12A
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 15, 2017
A jackrabbit got loose at the Oregon-Stanford game.
The jackrabbit could… go… all… the… way… touchdown! 🐇 pic.twitter.com/OuuNJt3SGH
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 15, 2017
Akron-Western Michigan was postponed to Sunday because, well, check it out …
Western Michigan and Akron plan on finishing their game tomorrow since the field currently isn't in an ideal condition. pic.twitter.com/VosKpksRI9
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 14, 2017
Nice catch, D.K. Metcalf.
One week after the BYU mascot busted a move, it challenged the Mississippi State mascot to a dance-off. The results were more interesting that MSU’s blowout win.
Convinced Michael Jackson has been reincarnated into the BYU mascot pic.twitter.com/WlytPhMAgr
— Digs (@TacticalDigs) October 14, 2017