Greg Sankey argued for the SEC to get two teams in the College Football Playoff, shredding every other conference in the process.
There’s no question that the SEC has a certain amount of arrogance when it comes to the College Football Playoff. But when you walk the walk, you can talk the talk.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey will probably ruffle a lot of feathers with his comments on ‘College Gameday’ on Saturday morning saying, “One of these things is not like the other and that’s the SEC conference” when talking about the College Football Playoff.
Sankey pointed out how much success the SEC has had in the College Football Playoff and even though people might not like it, he’s correct. Georgia has won the last two national championships, and before that, Alabama and LSU won the crown, giving the SEC four straight.
In the nine-year history of the College Football Playoff, the SEC has won the national championship six times.
The league has had at least one team in the College Football Playoff national championship game seven of the nine years and twice, we have seen an all-SEC title game.
So it’s hard to argue with Greg Sankey, at least on that point. In terms of two SEC teams making the College Football Playoff in 2023, that’s going to be a hard pill to swallow.
If Texas loses on Saturday, it would make it easier. Of course, Alabama would need to beat Georgia and that would be the best win of the season. However, Texas beat Alabama on the road earlier this season and you can’t just discount that.
If Michigan wins, the Wolverines would be in the College Football Playoff, along with Washington, which won the Pac-12 title last night. Then, if Alabama beats Georgia, you’d have the Crimson Tide, Texas, assuming it wins, Georgia, and Florida State, if it wins, all in the mix.
That makes it pretty tough. It’s hard to say Alabama or Georgia isn’t a top-4 team, but since Texas beat Alabama, and in that scenario, would finish 12-1, how are they not deserving? What about 13-0 Florida State?
I’m glad we’ll have a 12-team playoff next season so these debates can be decided on the field for the first time in the history of the sport. I can certainly buy the argument that Alabama and Georgia are among the four best teams if Alabama wins, but that doesn’t mean they are deserving which is where the decision lies.
It’s also why the campaigning from Sankey, Nick Saban, and others, has begun in earnest.