That's not a guarantee, however, and Georgia will test this team's run defense.
No. 3 Clemson won its 27th straight and finished its second consecutive 12-0 regular season with a 38-3 victory over rival SC. QB Trevor Lawrence threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns. The Tigers aren't getting the same buzz for the No. 1 spot, but keep in mind the defending national champions now have won 27 consecutive games. The Bulldogs put a 50-burger on the Bees, beating Georgia Tech 52-7. OU beat Baylor earlier in the year. Can Jake Fromm set up a semifinal matchup against Fields, the Georgia transfer leading the Buckeyes?
The Utes' Playoff path is open with the Alabama loss. Would a one-loss Pac-12 championship campaign be enough to hold off the Big 12 champion?
Let the argument with the Pac-12 begin.
Two meetings of those contenders will occur next week with Georgia and LSU playing in the SEC title game (4 p.m./CBS) and Baylor and Oklahoma playing for the Big 12 (noon/ABC). That would set up an interesting argument with a potential one-loss Pac-12 champion Utah, though the Sooners would rather OR beat the Utes to render that point moot.
With Week 14 in the books, it's clear they agree on three of the four spots - LSU, Ohio State and Clemson.
Kansas State also has four losses but owns a win over Oklahoma.
The Bears still have a case, even with the regular-season loss to Oklahoma. The team that nearly knocked them out for good, Baylor, should have no problem beating Kansas, but the Jayhawks, even at 3-8, are much improved under Les Miles. The loss is Alabama's second of the season, likely eliminating the nation's fifth ranked team from the race for this year's College Football Playoff.
Alabama defensive back Xavier McKinney (15) loses his helmet as Auburn running back Shaun Shivers (8) runs through him for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. The Sugar Bowl wouldn't be a bad consolation prize.