Could SEC Championship loser still make CFP?

Dukes & Bell
November 27, 2019 - 4:21 pm
Oct 13, 2018; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (22) break away from Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Tyrique McGhee (26) and defensive back J.R. Reed (20) during the second quarter at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Deri

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College Football writer for Stadium Network Brett McMurphy joined Dukes & Bell.

Brett told the guys he doesn’t think Alabama is making the College Football Playoff.

“Right now Alabama has no wins against top-25 opponents,” McMurphy said. “They’ve only played one top-25 team, albeit now No. 2 LSU. If you look at their schedule it’s similar to Clemson except they have a loss. So basically if they beat Auburn they would finish the regular season 1-1 against top-25 teams.

"Compare them to Utah and Oklahoma, Utah would also be 1-1 but with a conference championship. Oklahoma would have either three or four victories against the top 25 and also a conference championship. I think a conference championship alone would be enough for both Utah and Oklahoma to jump them.”

Could LSU still make the College Football Playoff even with a loss in the SEC Championship to Georgia?

“Yes, barely. The fact they dropped to 2 I don’t think is that big a deal because Ohio State and LSU are clearly the top two teams,” McMurphy said. “Clemson would be in there, LSU would be in there. So in your scenario basically we would be comparing a one-loss LSU team with three or four top-25 wins against a Oklahoma or Utah. For all the reasons I would have picked OU or Utah over Alabama are the same reasons I would pick LSU over OU or Utah.

"The guidelines for the committee says you want to give more credit to a conference champion unless they're unequivocally better than a conference champion. I think you can say that LSU, based on their schedule, who they’ve beaten up to this point, would be unequivocally better than OU or Utah.”