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ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit Unveils Bold College Football Playoff Idea

Kirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDay

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN's College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit unveiled a bold idea for the College Football Playoff during an appearance on Get Up! this morning.

The college football guru believes one team could lose this weekend and still have a great case for the College Football Playoff.

That team: Georgia.

Herbstreit thinks if Georgia plays Alabama close, the Bulldogs could have a case to remain at No. 4 over Oklahoma and Ohio State.

"It's subjective analysis, but you could make a case for it,” Herbstreit said this morning. "I think the way the (SEC Championship Game) plays out will go a long way in the argument post-game discussion into Sunday morning. If it’s a game like they had last year in the national championship and Georgia loses a close one like that, even with two losses, I personally think Georgia would have the very strong case (for the Playoff.).

"Their punishment for an 11-1 year will be to go playing Alabama. Ohio State? They get to play Northwestern. Oklahoma plays Texas. It’s a little bit different what Georgia has to go though and I think we need to take that into consideration at the end of the day. I’m not caught up in the 'two losses, they’re automatically eliminated' (stuff). If they play their tails off and lose a close one, I think they’ll have a case to be made."

Georgia would certainly have a case for making it with a loss if Ohio State and Oklahoma lose, too. It feels unlikely that the Bulldogs could make it in with a loss without those other two teams losing, though.

We'll find out soon...