It’s time for Georgia fans to unpack their USC sweatshirts on Friday night.
That’s what FOX Sports’ senior college football analyst Joel Klatt suggested while debating who the Bulldogs would rather play in the upcoming college football playoffs: USC or State of Ohio.
Who should Georgia want to face in the CFP: USC or Ohio State?
Joel Klatt Explains Who Should the Georgia Bulldogs Face in the College Football Playoffs: USC Trojans or the Ohio State Buckeyes?
As it stands now ahead of Friday night’s Pac-12 championship game, the 1-ranked Georgia Bulldogs would go up against the 4-ranked USC Trojans in a college football playoff semifinal game, while Michigan and TCU would play another semifinal.
However, if USC loses to Utah in the Pac-12 title, things could get intriguing there as No. 5 Ohio state could be in position to take that fourth and final CFP spot.
Klatt insists Alabama, currently sitting at 10-2 and not going to play in the SEC championship game, should not make the CFP if a team currently in the top four loses. Therefore, if USC lost in Friday’s Pac-12 title game, Klatt believes Ohio State is the only team that would have a legitimate reason to make the CFP.
So, Klatt asks, which team would the Bulldogs rather play: The Trojans or the Buckeyes?
Both teams boast prolific offenses that rank among the best in FBS. The Buckeyes are averaging 44.5 points per game, which ranks second in the country, while the Trojans are averaging 42.5 points per contest, good for third place.
But when it comes to top-down roster building, Klatt points out that Ohio State’s roster is much closer to Georgia in terms of sheer talent level.
“While you QB’s going nuts, the roster for USC as a whole is nowhere near the roster that Ohio State has,” Klatt said on a recent episode of his podcast. “The Joel Klatt Show.” “Ohio State is probably the only team in the country that one of us said, ‘Yeah, they’re a good fit with Georgia.'”
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Ahead of Saturday’s SEC championship game against LSU, Kirby Smart’s team has won 30 of their last 31 games. Georgia’s only loss during that stretch came from Alabama in last year’s SEC title game. The Bulldogs gave up a total of 536 yards of offense in that matchup, 421 of which were through the air. Alabama QB Bryce Young completed 26 passes to eight different players, including three touchdown passes from 13, 55 and 67 yards.
According to Klatt, the Buckeyes have the playmakers on the outside to similarly attack the Georgia should this game go through.
“Ohio State can get out there and do what Alabama did to Georgia last year, which is threaten her vertically,” Klatt said. “When you start looking at the roster and the composition of that team, Georgia doesn’t want USC to lose. It’s going to be a much tougher game for them in the semifinals when they face the Buckeyes.”
It’s not unprecedented for a team to make a mistake late in the season and then win a national championship and that’s exactly what happened with Georgia last year.
“Who says Ohio State can’t fix some of the things that went wrong in the last 7:20 against Michigan and go out and play really well in the playoffs,” Klatt said. “In good weather in the dome. This is a tougher matchup for Georgia.
“If I’m a Georgia fan … I’d rather see USC than Ohio State in a national semifinal.”
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