Georgia is 11-0, No. 1 in the AP Top 25, No. 1 in the Coaches Poll, No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, and came away with a 16-6 win over Kentucky. ESPN touched on the Bulldogs this week, including their most recent one College football game predictions. Georgia, Ohio State, and UCLA each had 12 votes, Michigan had 11, and USC had one. Georgia was the top seed on all 12 ballots.
in another pot forecastAnd Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach are now both projects Georgia reached the CFP Semifinals at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against USC. They both contest Georgia with Ohio State in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T.
Bonagura: Not counting potential upsets over the next two weeks, the top three teams are pretty straightforward: Georgia, winner Ohio State/Michigan, and California State University.
Schellbach: None of the top CFP contenders looked great on Saturday. Georgia won 16-6 at Kentucky and only had 116 receiving yards. Ohio State won 43-30 at Maryland, which had 402 yards of offense. Michigan kicked three field goals in the fourth quarter and edged Illinois 19-17 on a Jake Moody 35-yard run with nine seconds left in the game. TCU came from behind, again, beating Baylor 29-28 on the road on Griffin Keel’s 40-yard field goal as time expired. And USC outscored rival UCLA 48-45 on the road to reaching the Pac-12 Championship Game.
None of the top contenders have been particularly dominant, but this time of year it’s about survival, not style points. I’d stick to the top four at Georgia, Ohio State, California State University, and USC. I pick the Buckeyes to defeat the Wolverines at home on Saturday.
Bill Connelly Updated SP + ratings Georgia is still in first place. The CFP hierarchy has been discussed here:
With those familiars in mind, here’s a hypothetical hierarchy of teams and resumes that might be around two weeks from now:
1. 13-0 Georgia (SEC Champion)
2. 13-0 Big Ten Champion (Ohio State or Michigan)
3. 13-0 TCU (Big 12 Champion)
This is very clear. It is also where the straightness ends. This is my best guess as to what comes next.
4- Georgia 12-1 (second place in Group B)
5. Ohio State 12-1 (Big Ten runner-up)
6. LSU 11-2 (SEC Champion)
7. Michigan 12-1 (Big Ten runner-up)
8. Ohio State 11-1
9. USC 12-1 (Pac-12 Champ)
10. Clemson 12-1 (ACC Champion)
11- Michigan 11-1
12. TCU 12-1 (Big 12 Runner-up)
One would have to imagine that, barring Georgia Tech’s loss this weekend–which I will boldly declare “unlikely”–Georgia no matter what.
In the AP reaction top 25ESPN said of Georgia:
The SEC portion of the regular season is over for Georgia, as the Dogs returned home to face in-state rival Georgia Tech on Saturday. Georgia will be the favorite in the game and look much more accurate on offense, especially when it comes to finishing drives, than they did in the 16-6 win over Kentucky. A win over Georgia Tech would likely book a spot in the College Football Playoff for Georgia even if it lost to LSU on December 3 in the SEC Championship Game. – Chris Low
Georgia remains No. 1 in ESPN Energy Ratings after week 12.
The Kentucky defense came to play and made this much closer than expected, but the heavily favored Dogs were able to pull off a 16-6 win on the road. Georgia struggled for touchdowns in the red zone and had to be content with three short field goals. Kenny McIntosh was the main cog on Georgia’s offense with 143 rushing yards, including a 9-yard touchdown run. Several different times in the game, Georgia had conversion problems in short yard situations. However, the Dawgs won their 26th straight regular season game and completed an 8-0 undefeated season in the SEC for the second year in a row. Only two other schools have done so in the last 40 years – Alabama (2008-09) and Florida (1995-96). – Chris Low
The Dawgs are now gearing up to host Georgia Tech on Saturday, November 26th. Kickoff is set to air on Noon ET and the game will be televised by ESPN.