As a conference, the SEC is in pretty good shape with regards to the College Football Playoff. Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia are all ranked among the top seven teams, and there is even a chance that two SEC teams get into the final four at the end of the season.
That said, ESPN’s Heather Dinich details the potential “disaster” scenario for the SEC, where the conference gets left out of the Playoff entirely.
Here you go: Georgia loses to Georgia Tech but beats Auburn in the SEC title game. One-loss Clemson wins the ACC. One-loss Miami is in the top four. One-loss Big 12 champ Oklahoma is in. Undefeated Big Ten champ Wisconsin is in. (Alabama fans just started screaming.) What about the Tide, which would have lost to Auburn and didn’t even win its division but was in the committee’s top two all season? This would be a spirited debate, to put it mildly: one-loss Alabama or one-loss Miami? Miami at least would have played in its conference championship game and would have a statement win over Notre Dame — better than any win on the Tide’s résumé.
In that scenario, here’s where each team ends up record wise:
As Dinich points out, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin are all in if this happens. It would then come down to Alabama (and potentially Georgia) vs. a one-loss Miami (or even a potential two-loss USC as Pac-12 champ) to get that last spot. Georgia or Alabama could still potentially get the nod there, but Dinich is right in that it would be a difficult call and it would be a disaster for the SEC.
That said, this whole scenario relies on Georgia Tech beating Georgia on Saturday, which is going to be a tall order for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech has lost three of their last four games, including a 43-20 beatdown at Duke last week. Not exactly the performance that inspires confidence heading into a matchup against a one-loss Georgia squad.