If there is one team that can cause chaos in the College Football Playoff chase, it’s the Alabama football team with a win over Georgia.
There hasn’t been much chaos in terms of the College Football Playoff race. In fact, as we head into the final week of the college football regular season, it’s possible that we could finish with four undefeated Power-5 champions.
That would be the first time that’s happened in the College Football Playoff era. If that were to take place, you’d have either Michigan or Ohio State, Georgia, Washington, and Florida State headed to the playoff.
Georgia needs to beat Alabama football in the SEC title game. Washington has to beat Oregon in the Pac-12 title game, and Florida State needs to beat Louisville, in the ACC title game.
Alabama football, Louisville, and Oregon all have one loss. They are still in the mix for the College Football Playoff, as is 10-1 Texas.
Thanks to their win over Alabama, Texas is in a strong spot. The Longhorns have the best win in college football. They also have a loss to Oklahoma that Texas might not be able to avenge.
In the end, the win for Texas over Alabama football won’t matter much if we end up with four undefeated teams. Then it’s an easy peasy selection for the College Football Playoff committee.
But if Alabama football beats Georgia, there could be chaos, because the Crimson Tide might not be guaranteed a playoff berth, even in that scenario.
What if the Big Ten champ, Washington, and Florida State are all undefeated? The committee isn’t leaving them out, even if Florida State doesn’t have Jordan Travis for the playoff.
So then it’s a choice between Alabama and Texas, assuming Texas finishes 12-1. Both teams would have conference championships, and while Alabama football would have a win over Georgia, it would still have a home loss to Texas.
So if conference titles and head-to-head are a tiebreaker, how in the world could the College Football Playoff committee give the berth to Alabama over Texas?
It can’t. At least it wouldn’t make sense if it did, which means that Georgia and Alabama could both miss the playoff, in what would be the wildest College Football Playoff scenario yet.