UGA misses College Football Playoff after Alabama loss

03 December, 2018, 00:30 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Alabama hung on against rival Georgia to win the SEC, Clemson routed Pitt in the ACC and Oklahoma topped Texas in the Big 12. The Bulldogs dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 after squandering a 14-point lead to top-ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship. But Alabama came roaring back to win, 35-28. Oklahoma is hoping its Big 12 title victory can move the Sooners into the fourth and final spot in the College Football Playoff when the rankings are released on Sunday. The playoff committee will make their decision at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN.

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Oklahoma, Georgia, and Ohio State all had numbers to support a spot in the CFP, according to ESPN. The Bulldogs, per the FPI, were the third-best team in the country, but a 20-point loss at LSU ultimately proved too much to overcome, at least in the eyes of the Playoff committee.

The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl host this year's national semifinals before the national championship game will be played at Levi's Stadium - home of the San Francisco 49ers - in Santa Clara, California on January 7.


No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame finished their seasons undefeated.

The Bulldogs also did their part to help Bama. All night, Georgia's defense had performed well against the beastly Alabama attack. Hurts did the rest, capping the game-winning drive with a 16-yard quarterback sneak. "Do you want the four best teams in or not?"

Georgia has two losses and no team has made the playoff yet with more than one.

- UGA's loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship has cost the Dawgs dearly. The Bulldogs beat Hawaii in a 41-10 no-contest.

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