The SEC is beating up itself right now and it’s pretty clear that if an SEC team is going to make the College Football Playoff, it’s going to have to be an undefeated one. A few teams are starting to pull away from the rest of the pack as conference play is beginning to heat up.
Two reasons why the Bulldogs are still on this list right now: 1. There is simply no other team in the conference that could replace them. 2. They still have one of the best running backs in the country.
Despite their embarrassing loss to the Crimson Tide last week, the Bulldogs are still very good right now and they certainly still control their destiny when it comes to the SEC Championship.
The road to the CFP, however, just got a little bit tougher.
4. Texas A&M
Kyle Allen still looks like one of the best quarterbacks in the country and as long as he has weapons like Christian Kirk, this team is going to be tough to beat. However, their last two opponents may have found where others can expose this team.
The last two weeks the Aggies have allowed for 568 passing yards combined. That’s never good, especially considering the teams they played are in the bottom tier of the SEC West right now.
If a good quarterback can get going on them, the Aggies could be in some serious trouble.
The Gators are back in the elite of the SEC after their huge blowout win of the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday. Will Grier emerged as a prominent passer in the conference and he could be the next big thing to come out of the SEC.
Defensively, the Gators have always been tough and they should be able to tear apart the Missouri Tigers this week, especially with them being down Maty Mauk for an unspecified amount of time.
The Crimson Tide were playing with a chip on their shoulder when they went into Athens last week and they showed it. Aside from a big run late in the third quarter when the game was already well in hand, Nick Saban’s defense stifled the rushing attack of the Bulldogs.
This team is all about defense and the defensive line, led by A’Shawn Robinson, is very scary.
However, Derrick Henry is starting to gain more steam when it comes to the Heisman Trophy race and Jake Coker is starting to find receivers that can make plays. Saban’s team is back and that doesn’t bode well for anyone.
The Tigers’ rushing attack continues to be the nastiest in the nation and there is really no one that is able to stop them or Leonard Fournette right now. The competition for the Tigers is about to get real intense in a few weeks.
After a road game against South Carolina and a home non-conference game against Western Kentucky, the Tigers host the Gators and we will see what they are made of.
The Tigers allowed a bit too much against the Eastern Michigan Eagles last week, but Miles will have his defense turned around for a big matchup this Saturday. LSU’s road to the CFP is open, but it’s surely not going to be an easy one.
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