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Five Reasons Winning Out Puts UGA in College Football Playoff

Chris Conley

It was another big day in college football this past weekend as four of the top 10 ranked teams in the College Football Playoff Rankings fell in defeat. While plenty would still need to happen for a two-loss team to make it into the playoffs, it is not out of the question.

As a result, while slim, the Georgia Bulldogs are still in the playoff hunt. However, if they were to survey those in the media, only the SEC West would have a two-loss team worthy of a shot in the playoffs.

In this article, I am going to list five reasons the Bulldogs should be in the College Football Playoffs if they win out.

1. They would be the champions of the toughest conference in the NCAA

While many claim there is an SEC-bias, few argue that the SEC is college footballs toughest conference. It only seems logical that the top team, of the top conference in college football, should be one of the four teams selected for the playoffs.

How can you justify leaving a 2-loss SEC champion for at least three one loss champions in other conferences? Moreover, UGA fans should be cheering for upsets in the other conference championships, which would add more value to UGA’s conference championship.

2. They could have as many as five quality wins

If Georgia wins out, that will mean they have wins over Clemson, Missouri, Auburn, Georgia Tech, and the SEC West champion. It is not out of the realm of possibility that all five teams could be ranked in the Top 25 at that time.

It is also possible that the Bulldogs would have played ten teams who made it to a bowl game. While many have been critical of the East division compared to the West, that is still impressive.

3. Their losses are bad but not as bad as they seem

Losing to Florida and South Carolina this year was bad. However, a few factors should be taken into consideration. The South Carolina game was a rivalry game in week two that was poorly refereed and had several controversial calls. One of those was a 54-yard Todd Gurley touchdown run in the first half that was called back due to a phantom holding call on Brandon Kublanow.

The Florida game does look very bad and is hard to defend. However, two things should be taken into consideration. The Bulldogs were without two of their elite running backs in Gurley and Sony Michel.

Equally important, they were in the process of one of the toughest road stretches in college football. They had played Missouri, Arkansas and Florida in consecutive games. While those teams might not seem like world-beaters, those are three long trips without a home game.

The round trip mileage for those three games was 3,684 miles. It is not like it was three road games that were within a reasonable distance. Anyone who has ever played football will tell you, long trips are difficult. Three consecutive trips is a recipe for disaster.

4. They would have two wins against bowl-eligible Power Five conference teams

The Bulldogs would have two quality wins against ACC teams. In an era where few teams play tough out-of-conference games, the Bulldogs would have wins against Clemson and Georgia Tech.

Very few teams have that on their resume, and both Clemson and Georgia Tech will have between 8-11 wins at that point in the season. If the playoff selection committee truly wants to see more marquee cross-conference matchups, rewarding Georgia would go a long way.

5. How they finish could go a long way

If everything remains the same, three of the Bulldogs final four games before the deciding playoff committee vote will be against Top 25 teams. If they win those games, leaving them out would be tough. More importantly, if they can look dominant with the return of Todd Gurley, their chances would increase even more.

They need a finish similar to 2007 where they beat three Top 25 teams by a total of 48 points in the final five games of the regular-season. Had there been a playoff that year, they would have made it and likely won the national championship.

Dr. SEC is a contributor to SicEmDawgs.com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and at DrSEC.org.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. lemondrop87

    Nov 12, 2014 at 11:40 am

    “Let It Be, Dear Lord; Let It Bee!!” And Goooo Dawgs!!; Finish The Drill!!

  2. Vi Van Vleck Parramore

    Nov 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Congratulations players and coaches. I love our “class act” players. I am proud of all of the nominations and awards. I love Coach Richt for taking the time to brighten the day of my 3 year old granddaughter as she fights cancer. Thanks Chris Conley for the shout out for Kenna earlier this season. Thanks coaches for caring about our players by being great role models. I am a UGA Alum and will support our DAWGS always.

  3. hot12dog

    Nov 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Be serious there are at least a dozen teams better than us below the top 5 teams!!! The loss to Florida put to rest any though that we were a good team period.

  4. frazier

    Nov 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Lets pray for the miracle of UGA winning out and Florida to beat FSU… that will up our stock considerably…

  5. Soco&Lime87

    Nov 12, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    LemonDrop87 has a good point! I second your thoughts. #dawgsontop

  6. bronco

    Nov 13, 2014 at 1:02 am

    It’s also not out of the realm of possibility that UF be ranked…IF….IF…they beat FSU. That would make 6 quality top 25-wins of your GA Dawgs….

  7. tyler

    Nov 13, 2014 at 9:24 am

    except we lost to florida there bronco

  8. lemondrop87

    Nov 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Fla. has to first beat “The Ole Ball Coach, S.C. Gamecocks”, which does lie in the realm of possibilities; BUT FSU!! I DONT THINK SO!!

  9. Kennedy Rhodes

    Nov 14, 2014 at 7:59 am

    This is why I love the new college football playoff system. There’s always the possibility of a two loss team getting in. UGA has just as good a chance getting in as anyone else if they win out. Hunker down! What a great story this would be for a fantastic finish!

  10. George Burdell

    Nov 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Complete and utter delusion on so many of these points. Lol!

  11. Douglas Swafford

    Nov 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Ummm…wait a second…if Missouri wins out, Georgia won’t be going to Atlanta LOL

  12. DogMan

    Nov 19, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Mizzou who? You talking about the ones uga blew out 34-0

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