Former ESPN analyst Danny Kanell makes a big prediction after Georgia’s loss to Auburn Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for ESPN
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 07: ESPN talent and former football player Danny Kanell poses on the blue carpet during the Allstate Party At The Playoff on January 7, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for ESPN)

The Auburn Tigers defeated No. 1 Georgia on Saturday, and they did so rather handily.

It was a very impressive performance from the 8-2 Tigers, who were ranked No. 10 in the nation heading into Saturday’s clash with the Bulldogs, and Auburn looked so good that one notable college football analyst thinks the Tigers are now a College Football Playoff team.

It comes with a caveat, of course, because the win over UGA wouldn’t be enough, but Danny Kanell can see the Tigers winning the SEC and making it all the way to the CFP.

Notably, the Tigers would have to beat No. 2 Alabama in order to make it to the SEC title game, but assuming the Tigers beat ULM next week and Alabama beats Mercer (two easy games), the Iron Bowl will be played for the SEC West’s spot in the SEC Title game.

In that scenario, Auburn and Alabama would both have 7-1 SEC records with the Tigers holding the tiebreaker, and then the Tigers would have to beat Georgia one more time in the conference title game.

Even with two losses, if that were to all play out in Auburn’s favor, Kanell has a great point. A two-loss Auburn would have wins over No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama and another win over UGA in a conference championship game on its resume.

Notably, Auburn was dominant in its 40-17 win over the No. 1 team in college football. The Tigers put up 488 total yards of offense while holding the Bulldogs to only 230. The Tigers rushed for 237 yards as a team, led by Kerryon Johnson’s 167 yards on the ground.

Andrew has been a sports writer since 2010, featured on Bleacher Report, 247Sports, Fansided and elsewhere. His work has also been seen on MSN, Forbes and in the LA Times. Andrew coached high school football for five years and writes about football, and just about anything, for Fanbuzz.
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