The culmination of Championship Week brought forth a whirlwind of excitement, headlined by Alabama’s stunning takedown of Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. This victory dethroned the Bulldogs from vying for a third consecutive national championship. It ignited a compelling debate, positioning the Crimson Tide in a direct showdown with the only team that bested them this season, Texas.
In a Week 2 clash at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Longhorns handed Alabama a decisive 10-point defeat. Texas continued its triumphant campaign, capping it off with a commanding 49-21 triumph over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship Game.
Playoff Picture Unfolds
With Georgia’s stumble, leaving only three undefeated Power Five teams standing, Texas emerges as the projected fourth seed in the playoff, edging out Alabama based on their pivotal head-to-head victory on September 9.
The CFP Selection Committee faces a challenging task, weighing criteria such as championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, and comparative outcomes against common opponents. At the same time, Texas boasts a more challenging schedule strength, Alabama counters with more wins over CFP-ranked teams, including a victory over the top-ranked squad.
Traditionally, the SEC has represented in every playoff since its inception, but this year’s selection hinges on more than historical trends. Notably, no program has secured a playoff spot when ranked No. 7 or lower in the penultimate CFP Rankings—a movement Texas appears poised to challenge.
- Jan. 8 – National Championship (Houston): Semifinal winners
- Jan. 1 – Sugar Bowl (New Orleans): (1) Michigan vs. (4) Texas
- Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.): (2) Washington vs. (3) Florida State
Additional developments in the projections see Alabama redirected to the Orange Bowl, altering the bowl landscape for both the SEC and ACC. Furthermore, the Group of Five representatives in the New Year’s Six sees a shift. Liberty is projected to secure the top spot after an undefeated season, setting up a Fiesta Bowl matchup against Oregon.
Championship Week delivered thrilling on-field action and sparked intense discussions as the College Football Playoff approaches its climax.