College football rankings: What Georgia’s loss to Alabama means for Cincinnati, Notre Dame and more

So a lot for chalk.

No. 3 Alabama beat No. 1 Georgia 41-24 within the SEC championship sport, not solely upending the Bulldogs but additionally the College Football Playoff rankings. With that victory — the second upset of the day — the choice committee faces a barely more troublesome activity with its prime 4 groups.

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One factor that is sure: Alabama ought to reclaim its spot because the No. 1 group within the nation. And Bryce Young (26 of 44 passing, 421 yards, three touchdowns, 40 speeding yards, one rating) might very nicely have earned the nation’s Heisman Trophy vote. If his 97-yard drive towards Auburn wasn’t his Heisman second, then this efficiency towards the nation’s prime protection most definitely was.

But what does this loss by Georgia imply for the remainder of school football at giant? Sporting News breaks down what this final result means for the likes of Notre Dame, Cincinnati and more:

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Michigan (11-1)

Previous rank: 2

Michigan remains to be alive and nicely within the playoff race, assuming it beats No. 13 Iowa within the Big Ten championship. A win there, nonetheless, creates the query: Do the Wolverines play No. 3 Georgia within the semifinal? Or does Cincinnati transfer up a spot, establishing an SEC championship rematch between the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs within the No. 1 vs. No. 4 semifinal? These are questions the choice committee should face. Of course, a loss by Michigan would additional muddy the playoff image, establishing a possible rush between the Wolverines, Baylor and Notre Dame for that fourth and remaining spot.

Alabama (12-1)

Previous rank: 3

What a distinction every week makes. The Crimson Tide, every week after surviving 6-6 Auburn off a last-minute drive, headed to Atlanta and throttled the consensus No. 1 group within the nation. That can solely lead to one factor: Alabama would be the No. 1 group within the nation within the remaining playoff rankings. The query once more is whether or not it faces Georgia, Cincinnati or another group within the semifinal.


Cincinnati (13-0)

Previous rank: 4

The wait ought to lastly be over for the Group of 5. Cincinnati, the one remaining undefeated group within the FBS. The Bearcats did every part of their energy to cement their playoff standing with a 35-20 over 11-2 Houston. Considering the Bearcats have been the No. 4 group heading into the ultimate week of play — and Notre Dame’s idle standing and No. 5 Oklahoma State’s loss — the Bearcats must be in. The solely query is whether or not at No. 3 or 4. It’s a historic second for Cincinnati, the Group of 5 and school football normally.

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Notre Dame (11-1)

Previous rank: 6

Notre Dame wanted an upset throughout convention championship weekend to have a shot on the playoff. The Fighting Irish received it when the Cowboys misplaced to No. 9 Baylor within the Big 12 championship sport. But the one factor that would not occur — an Alabama victory over Georgia — did, in actual fact, occur. With their victory in Atlanta, Alabama has doubtless positioned two SEC groups among the many prime 4. Cincy’s a lock contemplating its win. If Michigan wins, there’s nowhere for Notre Dame to transfer up. They will stay, at greatest, the primary group out of the playoff.

Baylor (11-2)

Previous rank: 9

Baylor appeared as if it had an opportunity to sneak into the playoff following its upset of No. 5 Oklahoma State. But the win by Alabama has doubtless ended any likelihood the Bears have of constructing the playoff, barring a Michigan loss. The Bears must be happy with the best way they ended their season, however they will doubtless have to settle for a New Year’s Day 6 berth after dropping to a 3-6 TCU group in Week 10.

Iowa (10-2)

Previous rank: 13

Iowa nonetheless has to play Michigan within the Big Ten championship. A win there may doubtlessly arrange an fascinating debate for the choice committee to parse by (11-2 Michigan vs. 11-2 Big Ten Iowa vs. 11-1 Notre Dame vs. 11-2 Big 12 Baylor) however it’s price taking a look at that CFP rating. Asking for a nine-spot leap within the rankings is probably going going to be an excessive amount of for the Hawkeyes.

Georgia (12-1)

Previous rank: 1

The dangerous information is that Georgia has misplaced its first sport of the season and is not going to win the SEC championship. The excellent news is that Georgia has been so good all season that the Bulldogs are nonetheless thought-about a lock to make the playoff, even after their defeat. The protection had a foul efficiency, however you’ll be able to’t low cost a unit that getting into Saturday’s sport ranked first in complete protection (230.4 yards per sport) second in passing protection (151.5 yards per sport) third in passing protection (78.9 yards per sport) and first in factors per sport (an absurd 6.9 factors per sport). There’s work to be finished, however the Bulldogs have earned a shot at one other crack on the championship.

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