The college football rankings were released on Tuesday with not much change at the top. The SEC still has six teams in the top 25, but a pair of conference teams also had the biggest drop. Ole Miss fell from seven spots to No.11, while Georgia plummeted nine places down to No.20.
Trouble could be brewing for the rest of the SEC as we get deeper into November. Although Mississippi State is sitting atop of the whole college football rankings, they face two daunting road games in late November. It’s likely that their home games will be easy victories, so the Bulldogs only have two games to legitimately worry about.
The Auburn Tigers were thought to have an unmanageable schedule entering the season, but South Carolina and Texas A&M haven’t lived up to expectations this year. They already beat the Gamecocks, now they have to play Texas A&M before the schedule ends on a high note. The Tigers have two road games left, including their Iron Bowl against Alabama.
Currently, Alabama is on the outside looking in, but their schedule provides numerous opportunities to make the college football playoffs. It starts on Saturday when they visit LSU, but the Crimson Tide also face the two SEC schools right in front of them. They get a crack at Mississippi State and Auburn. With both of those games at home, Alabama might be in the driver’s seat for the postseason bid.
The rest of the teams in the college football playoff rankings have two losses. Ole Miss’ game with Auburn was billed as an elimination game, but there are already two games featuring top 10 teams on Saturday. In addition, LSU is facing No.5 Alabama. Both of those teams could be in the top 10 next Tuesday if all goes right.
As for the Georgia Bulldogs, their loss to Florida was devastating. They no longer lead the SEC East, and it will be difficult for them to get back in the conference title hunt. Still, crazier things have happened in college football, and Georgia could have the opportunity to shock the world. If the Bulldogs won out, and made it to the SEC championship game, that would include a win over Auburn. They could face an undefeated Mississippi State team for the conference title. How could the college football playoff committee keep out an (12-2) SEC champion?
Here are the SEC rankings in the college football playoff with their toughest games left.
1. Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-0): @ Alabama, @ Ole Miss
3. Auburn Tigers (7-1): @ Georgia, @ Alabama
5. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1): @ LSU, vs. Mississippi State, vs. Auburn
11. Ole Miss Rebels (7-2): @ Arkansas, vs. Mississippi State
16. LSU Tigers (7-2): vs. Alabama, @ Arkansas
20. Georgia Bulldogs (7-2): @ Kentucky, vs. Auburn, vs. Georgia Tech