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Despite UGA being ranked atop college football, the College Playoff Field is arguably more competitive this year than in any past season.

ATLANTA — As the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs fell to the No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide 27-24 in the SEC Championship, chatter is beginning about what the Dawgs’ future holds if they lose this pivotal game.

Despite UGA being ranked atop college football, the College Playoff Field is arguably more competitive this year than in any past season.

With undefeated Washington essentially punching their ticket to the CFP Friday night with a Pac-12 Championship win over Oregon and Texas making a strong CFP case after winning the Big 12 title game over Oklahoma State Saturday, there are several other factors that could round out the field.

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No. 2 Michigan plays No. 16 Iowa in the Big Ten championship Saturday night, and the Wolverines come in as heavy favorites. If Michigan wins, they are automatically in. That potentially leaves the final spot to the SEC Champion, Alabama.

The other factor that still remains is if undefeated Florida State can beat Louisville in the ACC Championship Saturday night. If FSU wins, they are almost guaranteed to be in. But if they lose, many see them as a team that is left out as their starting quarterback, Jordan Travis, suffered a season-ending injury. But if they lose, then maybe the committee will choose Ohio State. There’s a chance Texas gets skipped over, too.

Here are several possible scenarios for how the Bulldogs could still sneak into the CFP if they lose to Alabama or even scenarios in which they would likely be eliminated.

UGA’s College Football Playoff Scenarios

If Georgia were to beat Alabama, they would have been a shoo-in to the College Football Playoff. But now that they lost, the following scenarios are what they would be presented with below.

Michigan loses to Iowa, Florida State loses to Louisville, and the committee takes Georgia with the No. 4 spot in the CFP.

Michigan loses to Iowa, Florida State beats Louisville, and the committee opts to select Georgia over Texas and Ohio State for the No. 4 spot.

Michigan and/or Florida State win their respective conference championship and Georgia still sits behind Michigan, Washington, Florida State, Alabama and maybe even Texas.

The CFP committee decides that, regardless of any other outcome, Georgia is one of the top four best teams in college football, and they get in. In 2017, Alabama never even played in the SEC Championship but still made it into the College Football Playoff over the SEC Championship runner-up. A No. 1-ranked team on championship weekend has never fallen out of the top four in the CFP era.





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