The ESPN College GameDay crew recently previewed the much-anticipated SEC championship game between the No. 1-ranked Georgia Bulldogs and the No. 8-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. The showdown is set to take place in Atlanta, with high stakes attached for both teams.
Unbeaten Georgia's Playoff Path
An undefeated Georgia enters the championship game with a clear objective: to cement their place in the College Football Playoff. A triumph over Alabama would undoubtedly secure their spot. Yet, a loss could muddle their path to the playoffs, putting their flawless season in jeopardy.
Alabama's Playoff Hopes
Alabama, despite their ranking, remains a strong contender for the College Football Playoff. A victory over Georgia could bolster their case significantly. However, the Crimson Tide faces a potential setback, with their leading rusher, Jase McClellan, labeled as questionable due to a left foot injury sustained in their narrow 27-24 victory against Auburn. McClellan has been a key figure for Alabama this season, recording 803 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Special Guests and Predictions
The College GameDay show was not without its share of entertainment and expert insights. Comedian Theo Von was among the special guests, rooting for a Georgia win. Meanwhile, former Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis expressed his support for his team, despite his injury ruling him out of the ACC championship game against Louisville.
Adding a lighter note to the show, the failed 33-yard field goal attempt by a Georgia fan during Pat McAfee's kicking contest was a humorous highlight. Furthermore, Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian made an appearance, discussing their Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma State, and stressing the importance of clinching a win to secure a playoff berth.