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After missing out on both the SEC Championship Game and College Football Playoff last year, Alabama has returned to asserting its dominance atop the SEC. The Crimson Tide are rolling, and there might not be a team in the conference that can stop them this season.
On Saturday night, Alabama, the No. 2-ranked team in the country, defeated No. 3 Georgia 41-24 at Bryant-Denny Stadium to improve to 4-0 on the season.
But don’t count out the Bulldogs. Not only could they end up facing the Tide again in the SEC Championship Game in December, but they are also still a contender for a spot in the CFP this season depending on how the rest of the season shakes out.
The 2020 season is now seven weeks old (four for the SEC), and the Big Ten (Oct. 24) and Pac-12 (Nov. 7) are set to join in on the action soon. Here is a projection for the College Football Playoff and the rest of the New Year’s Six bowls.
College Football Playoff Projections
Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Oregon
Rose Bowl: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Ohio State
Rest of New Year’s Six Bowl Projections
Orange Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Georgia
Fiesta Bowl: USC vs. Penn State
Peach Bowl: Florida vs. Cincinnati
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Miami
Clemson Continues to Tear Through ACC
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Another week, another dominant showing by Clemson. The No. 1-ranked Tigers dominated at Georgia Tech on Saturday, cruising to a 73-7 win and extending their ACC-record regular-season winning streak to 34.
They haven’t lost a game to a conference opponent since Oct. 13, 2017, at Syracuse.
Clemson again appears to be headed toward the College Football Playoff after making it in each of the past five seasons. Junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence is off to another terrific start, passing for 1,544 yards and 15 touchdowns while leading the Tigers to a 5-0 record.
Things won’t get much tougher for Clemson in the coming weeks, as it is set to host Syracuse and Boston College. The Tigers’ biggest challenge of the regular season will come Nov. 7, when they travel to take on No. 4 Notre Dame. If the Fighting Irish pulled out a win, they would immediately be in CFP consideration themselves.
But that’s going to be a tough feat. Clemson’s only loss in its past 35 games came in last season’s CFP National Championship Game against LSU. The Tigers are a powerhouse and unlikely to be dethroned as the class of the ACC in 2020.
Can 2 SEC Teams Reach Playoff?
The last time two teams from the same conference reached the College Football Playoff? The 2017 season, when Georgia (the SEC champions) and Alabama both made it as the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds, respectively. The Crimson Tide went on to beat the Bulldogs for the national title.
It’s not impossible for both teams to make it again this season. Perhaps Georgia will avenge