According to Coorigan, the committee also seems to have some questions about the Trojans’ defense. They rank 96th in FBS in yards allowed (406.1 pg) and 68th in points allowed (26.45). In comparison, LSU ranks 33rd (338.5) and 24th (20.00) in these categories.
“As a whole, we believe LSU deserves #5 and SC #6,” said Coorigan.
This makes LSU the first two-loss team in history to secure a playoff berth if they can beat the Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Currently, Georgia has been posted as an early 15-point favorite by many Las Vegas sportsbooks.
Another decision in question Tuesday was 9-2 Alabama, which was lifted to No. 7 (after beating Austin Peay at home) while No. 8 Clemson (10-1) despite a better record and after defeating conference opponents behind the Crimson Tide, Miami stayed comfortably at home.
“You know, we’re really looking at all the work,” Coorigan said. “We’re (through) week 12. People have played different people throughout the season, some stronger than others. Our goal here is to really look at the entire resume and make sure we’re evaluating the entire resume and not just a single data point that you can sometimes get bogged down in. We make sure we make the bigger, broader decision.”
After recent adjustments, five SEC teams remain in the CFP Top 25 — No. 1 Georgia, No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Alabama, No. 10 Tennessee and No. 20 Ole Miss. The league had a high of six teams represented in Week 11. Kentucky has since been out.
And yes, there are scenarios that could put Alabama back in the playoffs — and possibly down Georgia’s path. It would mean the Bulldogs knock off LSU, lose USC to No. 15 Notre Dame this week or to No. 9 Oregon or anyone else in the Pac-12 championship game and/or TCU No. 4 in the Big 12 championship game.
However, Clemson might have something to say if it remains a one-lost ACC champion.
Georgia is not worried about any of this. The Bulldogs are so entrenched at the top — even after a shaky performance against Kentucky last weekend — that they could potentially lose in the SEC title game and still stay in the top four. That was exactly the scenario Georgia experienced last December when they lost to Alabama in last December’s SEC championship game. The Bulldogs fell from 1st to 3rd in the four-team playoffs and went on to win the national championship.
Right now, however, no one is saying anything about the Bulldogs. In her case, silence is golden.
CFP Rankings – Week 13