In just a few days, conference title games will determine which teams win their respective conference and make a play for the College Football Playoff.
One of the most important games takes place in the SEC title game, where LSU faces off against Georgia. The Tigers came in at No. 2 in the latest playoff rankings while the Bulldogs retained their hold on No. 4.
Georgia needs a win in the SEC title game to make the playoff. However, the same might not be true for LSU.
Most analysts agree that even with a loss, the Tigers will make the playoff.
USA TODAY college football writer Paul Myerberg disagrees. Myerberg, on the AP Top 25 podcast with Ralph Russo, suggested the Tigers need a win to secure their spot in the playoff.
Here’s what he had to say, via Saturday Down South:
“If Georgia beats LSU, I’m not willing to say LSU’s going to stay in the top 4. [Putting LSU in with a loss] means the committee is willing to say to a group of people who represent a variety of conferences and levels of competition we believe the second best team in the SEC without a conference championship is better than these two Power 5 conference champions, who are both 12-1. They’d be willing to say that?”
It’s difficult to imagine a playoff without LSU, which has been one of the most dominant programs in the country this season. Wins over Alabama, Auburn and Florida – all in the top 12 of the latest rankings – should carry the Tigers into the playoff, regardless of what happens on Saturday.
Would the committee leave LSU out?