Bowl projections: Georgia stays on top, Tennessee hangs on, TCU replaces Clemson in College Football Playoff


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Georgia won the highly anticipated matchup with Tennessee, 27-13, but while the Bulldogs finished third with the Volunteers first in last week’s College Football Playoff standings, the Dawgs’ win doesn’t change the expected playoff matchups. Georgia, a nine-point favorite who entered the game, was expected to beat Tennessee, win the SEC and take first place in the CFP, with the Vols expected to take the fourth seed.

It will take some help to get Tennessee to slide into the CFP at 11-1. Chief among those developments is that Georgia remains undefeated and SEC wins 13-0. Any loss to the Dawgs will push them down the rankings, and they are now a ceiling on how high the Vols can finish.

Another key factor for Tennessee is Alabama, which must remain as strong as possible as it is the Vols’ best win. That presence was dealt a blow on Saturday night when the Crimson Tide lost 32-31 to LSU in overtime. Alabama is now 7-2 on the season and third in the SEC West behind LSU and Ole Miss. The Tide will face the Rebels next week with a chance to claim second place.

Tennessee will also need help from other conferences. Ideally, the SEC would produce the only undefeated team in Georgia. It might still work for the Vols if there are two or even three undefeated teams; however, an undefeated Power Five team has never been left out of the College Football Playoff.

Ohio State, Michigan and TCU remain undefeated, but as the Buckeyes and Wolverines still face each other, the possibility of four undefeated teams was wiped out on Saturday night thanks to Notre Dame’s 35-14 win over Clemson. With the Tigers suffering their first loss of the season, the ACC champion is now assured of at least one defeat on his record.

As such, there is a new projected top four in the playoff. Clemson stops and TCU takes his place. The Horned Frogs defeated Texas Tech on Saturday, but have a tough part of their schedule with games in Texas and Baylor.

College football play-off

January 9

National Championship
Inglewood, California.

title game Semifinal winners

December 31

peach bowl

Semi finals

(1) Georgia vs. (4) Tennessee

December 31

Fiesta Bowl
Glendale, Aris.

Semi finals

(2) Ohio State vs. (3) TCU

Aside from the playoff adjustments, changes may be on the way for the New Year’s Six projections, with Alabama and Wake Forest both losing this week. Check back Sunday morning for Jerry Palm’s fully updated bowl projections.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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