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In new College Football Playoff format, winning SEC becomes even more important for Georgia football

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edited May 2023 in Article commenting
imageIn new College Football Playoff format, winning SEC becomes even more important for Georgia football

Georgia will tell you that winning the SEC is important every year. It’s one of the team’s stated goals.

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    kylnmeg10kylnmeg10 Posts: 530 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    It may seem to mean more, but this could also dissolve conference championships. Especially since we're going to bigger conferences. Just a thought.

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    thadecthadec Posts: 611 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
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    While I hate the idea of a team coasting through a very down division - some years the lesser divisions in the Big 12, Big 10, Pac-12 and ACC only have a single ranked team - and still making the playoff without playing in a conference title game and doing so with a loss at that, I think that it is inevitable. The reason: 12 games plus conference title game plus as many as 4 games in the playoff and a minimum of 3 would mean 17 games, or more games than NFL teams played until the 2022 season. So ditching the conference championship game is the best option to reduce the number of games. It would work because just inviting all the division winners would mean 10 teams with 2 more spots still left over. So having a "true conference champion" is going to be meaningless anyway: it will no longer determine who gets bowl spots or playoff spots. While that may seem strange to younger fans, it only means going back to the way things were prior to the SEC creating the championship game concept in the early 90s anyway. And it also took quite awhile before the other conferences copied the SEC. The Big 12 even went from being the first to copy the SEC with a conference title game to ditching it when Nebraska, Colorado and Texas A&M left to adding it back.


    TCU also didn't win their conference title. They lost to Kansas State in the Big 12 title game (a rematch of a game that TCU won earlier). Clemson and USC both choking championship weekend was what allowed TCU to make the field.

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    UGA66UGA66 Posts: 4,164 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Banging helmets in mores games means more injuries. UGA seems to excel in injuries. I see the expanded schedule fraught with problems first season. Just a hunch. UGA would have to win the conference to get the bye and attend to the recruiting class. Tall order. Will be an interesting first go round.

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    MontanaDawgMontanaDawg Posts: 1,888 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    My bet is the early signing period will be adjusted or completely eliminated if it becomes a problem (which is inevitable) once the 12-team playoffs start. There's just too much to juggle to make it fair for the teams that have to play first round games.

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    BigDawg61BigDawg61 Posts: 2,451 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Unless I misunderstood...they are going to do away with the Conference Championship "Game" and go back to deciding the Champion, they way they used to. The criteria began with...Conference W/L Record, head-to-head, overall record, etc.. They may have maybe added criterion..."CFP Ranking"....to satisfy the new format.

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    kylnmeg10kylnmeg10 Posts: 530 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited May 2023

    That makes more sense. Only part that stinks about that is, there really won't be any justification to "strongest" in the conference anymore. Who wants to brag that they won the conference by computer votes? Almost feels like some past national champions being named "national champions", years after the season was over with.

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    GtheGreekGtheGreek Posts: 1,008 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    "That makes more sense. Only part that stinks about that is, there really won't be any justification to "strongest" in the conference anymore. Who wants to brag that they won the conference by computer votes? Almost feels like some past national champions being named "national champions", years after the season was over with." .........With the expanded format changes are inevitable, however, it will be up to the SEC to decide how conference champions are decided. Surely it will be won/loss record......say Bama and The Dawgs end the season undefeated.....I don't think "Co-Champions" will be awarded as I want that decision to be made by the SEC and it will determine who gets a buy and who plays an extra game. Eventually, IMO, UGA will play Bama in that scenario and a SEC championship will by default be determined.

    The point is: win every game and there will never be any "woulda, shoulda, couldas".

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    BigDawg888BigDawg888 Posts: 1,563 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Couple things.

    Not going to the conference championship but still getting invited in the 12 teams looks pretty good especially if you get a home game. You save a week of punishment and injury against a pretty stout SEC team. You get back a week of recruiting. So all in all it works out pretty good if you get the home game.

    Going to and losing the SECCG is the worst scenario because you get beat up and lose recruiting time and depending on how bad the loss is you may get left out even over another SEC team that didn't go to the SECCG. Plus you will have to play again in a couple of weeks.

    To improve this they should never allow a SECCG loser to get left out over the 3rd or 4th team in the conference.

    Move signing day up to before Thanksgiving.

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    BigDawg61BigDawg61 Posts: 2,451 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited May 2023

    @BigDawg888 @GtheGreek

    A.....I think BAMA's history. Lol...at least for a year or 2. Other than UGA...LSU is gonna be the "team to beat"...this year and next. IMO

    Lack of head-to-heads between the SEC's best teams, will only "help" em get MORE teams in the CFP, I believe. The SEC, in a best case scenario, could conceivably get 4 teams in the playoffs. So, I don't really see how this new format could possibly be a "bad thing". But, then again, I may be missing something.

    B.....there won't be a Championship Game (SECCG), anymore.. So, no winner/loser. Only Conference ranking based on a "criteria flowchart". Each team in the SEC will be ranked accordingly.. You could very well have co-Champions...but, highly unlikely, especially if they use something like point differencial as a tie-breaker.

    No head-to-head during the regular season, means the other criteria may determine 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, etc..


    --Conference record


    --Overall record

    --point differential

    --CFP Ranking

    Man....this is gonna be great. There will be some huge games at a time that used to be void of College or HS football...and, I love it. The NCG will actually be played the week of the NFL Divisional Championship games, if i'm not mistaken. It'll be like a 2nd season, involving only the top teams in the Country. Let's GO!!! LOL

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    UGADad20UGADad20 Posts: 1,800 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited May 2023

    I wouldn't want to be that 5th ranked conference champion. You have to play a conf championship game then play a playoff game the next week against an opponent coming of a 2 week layoff.

    On the bright side, Notre Dame's selfishness has cost them a bye. Every year. Since ND is technically not in a conference and doesn't play in the ACC championship game, ND cannot "win" a conference and get a bye. Watch how fast they join a conference. BIG10

    So far I have not heard any chatter about doing away with the conf championship games. That is a lot of money for the conference to give up. Imagine the intra-conf squabbling when there isn't a clear cut conf winner.

    I still think giving the top 4 teams a bye is an unfair advantage. The number should've been 8. But that extra round ($$$) sure is appealing to CFB/TV/Colleges/NCAA. You know what is next with all that extra money? A CFB salary cap, players as employees, completely buying your recruits. i.e. the end of CFB as we know it and the birth of minor league football.

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    BigDawg61BigDawg61 Posts: 2,451 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited May 2023

    What I can't wait for...is for 2 "Conference Champions" to be ranked below #12....according to public opinion, that is.

    Now, you and I know, THAT, will NEVER happen. Cause ESPN won't allow it. If there's ever an obvious bias...in the way the "end-of-year" polls go down...it'll expose the bias that's been applied, to "name" a National Champion, from the very beginning. First, it was the AP & UPI guys...now, it's "big money" TV running the sport. Lol...and, all this time, we thought it was the NCAA.

    Seems to me, they've boxed themselves in...with this "guaranteed invite thing"....and, "Guaranteed Byes". That will be hotly debated, one day. Mark my words. But, it should be fun to watch. You know..."make for good TV". Lol

    And...you're probably right, about the Championship Game. Because, it's about the student-athlete, dontcha' know.

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