AUBURN, Ala. — No. 10 Auburn (No. 10 CFP rankings) dealt with No. 2 Georgia (No. 1 CFP rankings) in all three phases to safe a 40-17 win and hold its College Football Playoff hopes alive. Here are three takeaways from the Tigers’ victory:
1. Georgia was revealed
The Bulldogs have been No. 1 within the Playoff rankings because of an unbeaten document and September’s highway win towards one-loss Notre Dame. Auburn revealed Georgia as undeserving of a spot atop the Football Bowl Subdivision. In all three areas — offense, protection and particular groups — the Tigers owned the benefit. This wasn’t some fluke: Auburn dominated. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs melted within the face of some adversity.
Don’t neglect that Georgia hadn’t trailed in a recreation because the fourth quarter towards the Irish on Sept. 10. For two months, this workforce sailed previous one inferior opponent after one other. How have you learnt how to reply to a problem if you haven’t been challenged? The Bulldogs clearly didn’t have the reply.
2. Auburn and the Playoff
Tenth on this previous week’s Playoff ballot, Auburn knew it may nonetheless discover a manner into the four-team area regardless of holding two losses: beat Georgia as soon as, beat Alabama within the Iron Bowl after which beat Georgia once more within the SEC championship recreation. Step one is full. The win ought to transfer Auburn up not less than two spots within the subsequent Playoff rankings and possibly much more, relying on the remainder of Saturday’s outcomes.
Now the Tigers flip to Alabama. It received’t be a straightforward check; we now know that Alabama’s a greater workforce than Georgia. But a win to finish November will hand the Tigers the West Division and clinch a spot within the title recreation, performed in Atlanta, and it’s very probably — based mostly on what occurred right here at this time — that they’d be a pleasant favourite within the rematch with the Bulldogs.
three. Georgia and the Playoff
OK, so it was a nasty loss. An ugly loss. An embarrbading loss. One you’d wish to neglect. But it doesn’t actually change something for Georgia. One loss is not an eliminator within the Playoff period, as we’ve seen in every season of the format’s existence. Georgia remains to be answerable for its postseason residence and may nonetheless earn a spot in a semifinal by sweeping by the ultimate two video games of November and beating certainly one of Auburn or Alabama to badert the SEC crown.
Of course, the character of Saturday’s loss raises the mbadive query: Can Georgia beat both a kind of groups? It doesn’t look promising. But let’s revisit come the primary Saturday of December.
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