With Georgia at No. 1 and Alabama at No. 2, there’s been a lot of conversations about whether the SEC could occupy two spots of the four in the College Football Playoffs this year. But ESPN host Rece Davis asked a different question Tuesday night during the ESPN College Football Playoffs ranking show.
“We’ve talked a lot about two SEC teams making it, what about two ACC teams making it? If Miami is undefeated and then loses a close game to Clemson (in the ACC Championship),” Davis asked the panel of college football experts.
ESPN analyst Joey Galloway admitted it was a great question, but basically answered no because of Miami’s inability to dominant teams this year.
“That’s what hurts Miami in the conversation,” Galloway said. “They have the zero (in the loss column), but when you barely beat Georgia, Florida State and North Carolina, who has one loss on the season, by five, it hurts you in the overall conversation.”
While his point is well taken, Miami won’t necessarily be viewed that way if they remain undefeated through the remainder of the season. In fact, the conversation around the Hurricanes is already starting to change this week, as they jumped fellow undefeated Wisconsin and moved up to No. 7 in the CFP rankings.
And in the scenario where Miami is undefeated going into the ACC Championship against Clemson, the Hurricanes would have also knocked off No. 3 Notre Dame. A victory against could have Miami on the verge of a playoff spot as early as next week.
As for Clemson, one has to figure they will be a Top 4 team if they win out, which is what they would need to do if the ACC is going to get two teams into the playoffs. If Clemson meets an undefeated Miami team in the ACC Championship, and the Hurricanes win, the Tigers will have to settle for a New Year’s Six bowl outside the playoffs.
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