Georgia believes they are still a playoff team

Marcus Newton
December 5, 2018

Some critics believe that the four-team format should be expanded, although that poses several issues, namely that the conferences would likely have to drop their lucrative championship games.

Georgia was gallant in a 35-28 SEC championship setback to No. 1 Alabama, but that doesn't erase a 36-16 defeat at No. 11 LSU.

"I get that there are other great teams out there, but I feel very confident this team can go forward and continue to win", Riley said.

Notre Dame last played in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day 1994, beating Texas A&M when the game was still in its namesake stadium about 20 miles away in Dallas at the site of the State Fair of Texas.

Clemson didn't make the first playoff in 2014, but has been in every year since. "We just appreciate all the hospitality and all the hard work that goes into making it such a great event for our players". "It's unbelievable what they've done with the schedule that they've played", Swinney said. The winners meet in the championship game on January 7 in Santa Clara, California.

The debate leading up to championship Saturday was whether Oklahoma or Ohio State might take the fourth spot if Alabama beat Georgia.

The Crimson Tide (13-0) have been the nation's No. 1 team all season and defeated Georgia on Saturday to win the Southeastern Conference title.

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Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart made his opinion clear saying, "it boils down to one thing".

Notre Dame is an excellent team and is deserving of its spot in the playoffs after completing an impressive 12-0 SU campaign. They won the national championship two seasons ago.

For the second straight season, two Power Five conferences were left out of the playoff.

Ohio State was the first team out last season and again was squeezed because of a lopsided loss to an unranked team.

However, many folks who cover college football for a living didn't agree with the rankings. "This is a historical moment as far as evaluating the committee because the eyeball test, to me, clearly Georgia is a top 4 team".

Kirk Herbstreit: "I don't think Notre Dame plays a system or style that is conducive to blow people out and impress you in terms of saying they are better than "this team" or "that team". No one can reasonably say that Georgia is unequivocally better than the Sooners or the Buckeyes to the point that they are incomparable. "They're the best we've seen, to answer that question".

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