Georgia is 10-0, #1 in the AP Top 25, #1 in the Coaches Poll, #1 in the College Football Playoffs rankings, and has a 45-19 away win over Mississippi State. ESPN addressed the Bulldogs this week, including his latest Predictions for the College Football Playoffs. Georgia, Ohio State and TCU all received 15 votes, with Michigan receiving 14 votes and Tennessee one vote. Georgia was No. 1 on all 15 ballots. That Allstate Playoff Prediction gives now Georgia has the highest percentage chance of making the CFP at 95 percent, up from 91 percent last week. Ohio State is second at 86 percent, Michigan at 65 percent, followed by Tennessee at 58 percent, TCU at 32 percent, and Clemson at 31 percent.
ESPN’s Heather Dinich discussed the way to the CFP for eight teams in the mix.
Path to the playoffs: No team in the country seems in a better playoff position than Georgia, who clinched the SEC East Division title with their win over Mississippi State on Saturday. The Bulldogs meet LSU with two losses in the SEC championship game, and there’s a chance the selection committee could reward Georgia with a top-four finish on pick day even if it loses a close game to LSU. In addition to the win over the Vols, Georgia has a 46-point win over Oregon that will still reverberate despite the Ducks’ loss to Washington on Saturday. It’s still possible for Georgia to beat the Pac-12 champions if Oregon makes it. If LSU wins the SEC, however, Georgia shouldn’t assume they’re still in it as Tennessee could pick up a stunning 40-13 win over the SEC champions. Would the committee reward the team that lost to LSU and eliminate the team that beat the Tigers? Here the conversation would turn to the possibility that all three SEC teams are in the top four. The committee would have to weigh Tennessee’s win over the SEC champions against his head-to-head loss to Georgia, in which Tennessee showed more than the final score.
At latest shell protrusionsKyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach both project now Georgia to the CFP Semifinals at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, with Bonagura pitting the Dawgs against TCU and Schlabach projecting them against USC. Bonagura pits the Dawgs against Michigan and Schlabach against Ohio State in the AT&T presented CFP National Championship.
Bonagura: Georgia remains the obvious No. 1, with the following teams still in the mix: Ohio State, Michigan, TCU, Tennessee, LSU, USC, Clemson, and North Carolina. Then there’s Tennessee and LSU. If LSU beats Georgia, I have a hard time believing the committee wouldn’t include the SEC champion Tigers. And if Georgia wins, Tennessee could end up with their only loss to the Dawgs as an SEC team with a loss.
Schlabach: With just two weeks left in the regular season, the playoff picture remains as jumbled as ever. If defending champion Georgia wins its last two games against Kentucky on the road and Georgia Tech at home, it should be certain of getting one of the four spots — even if it loses to LSU in the SEC championship game. The Bulldogs’ victories over Oregon and Tennessee should carry a lot of weight on the selection committee.
Bill Connellys updated SP+ ranking still has Georgia at #1, as does its Résumé SP+ ranking.
While my SP+ ratings, like ESPN’s FPI, are predictive and forward looking, I created what I refer to as the “SP+ Summary” to look back at how a team performed against their opponents.
Résumé SP+ takes a look at two things: (1) how the average SP+ top 5 team would likely fare against a given team’s schedule – in terms of scoring (which I limit to 50 points) rather than outright wins and Losses — and (2) how the team’s goal margin compares to that prediction. Throw in a seven-point penalty for every loss a team has suffered (because losses count on the résumé!), and we’ve got what the CFP leaderboard would look like if SP+ and only SP+ were in charge.
The recap of this week’s SP+ Top 15:
1. Georgia (10-0)
2. Ohio State (10-0): 1.1 points behind
3. Michigan (10-0): 8.1 points behind
4. Tennessee (9-1): 10.9 points behind
5. TCU (10:0): 14.8 points behind
6. Alabama (8-2): 20.8 points behind
7. USC (9-1): 24.8 points behind
8. Penn State (8-2): 28.0 points off
9. Clemson (9-1): 28.2 points behind
10. Utah (8-2): 28.7 points behind
11. LSU (8:2): 28.7 points behind
12. Oregon (8-2): 31.0 points behind
13. Ole Miss (8-2): 31.4 points behind
14. Kansas State (7-3): 32.8 points behind
15. North Carolina (9-1): 33.0 points behind
In which Reaction from the AP Top 25ESPN said of Georgia:
The Bulldogs needed a big play receiver as Arian Smith and Adonai Mitchell missed much of the season through injuries. You might have found one in Ladd McConkey sophomore in a 45-19 win at Mississippi State. Georgia botched a two-minute drill late in the first half, allowing the other Bulldogs to score on a 63-yard punt return to cut UGA’s lead to 17-12 at halftime. But in the second game of the second half, McConkey took a handoff on an end-around and ran 70 yards for a touchdown to make it 24-12. On Georgia’s next possession, McConkey caught a 17-yard pass from Stetson Bennett. McConkey finished with a score of five catches for 71 yards. Not bad for a player who was ranked the 152nd-best recipient in the country in the Class of 2020 according to ESPN’s recruiting rankings, and his only other FBS scholarship offer came from Vanderbilt. “I don’t care what anybody offered,” Bennett said. “Mine were… not here. You can tell when someone is running routes and if you have to climb they can find open spots, you can play football. He can catch. He loves it and he’s badass. He’s just a dadgum -Football player and I love having him on our team.” – Mark Schlabach
Georgia remains No. 1 in the ESPN Power Rankings after week 11.
The No. 1 Bulldogs clinched the SEC East with a 45-19 win at Mississippi State on Saturday night, but coach Kirby Smart said he won’t be thinking about it any time soon in LSU’s SEC championship game Dec. 3 in Atlanta to play. Instead, Smart said his team will focus on next week’s SEC Finals in Kentucky and a home game on Nov. 26 against rival Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs opened up a tight game by beating Mississippi State 28-7 in the second half. Quarterback Stetson Bennett threw for 289 yards with four touchdowns (one rushing), and Georgia’s defense limited the state to just 47 rushing yards. Mississippi State went 3-for-14 in third place and 0-for-3 in fourth place. – Mark Schlabach
The Dawgs are now preparing to play in Kentucky on Saturday, November 19th. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET and the game will be televised by CBS.