Kirbs is in lobbying mode.
And Nick is there as his wing man.
“Based on the teams that we’ve played this year, I think this team deserves to be in the playoff as well,” Saban said. “I sure as hell don’t want to play them again, but that’s the best compliment I can give you or give them.”
Sagarin rates Georgia third in his rankings (with the number six SOS!). Bill Connelly is right there with Sagarin.
And, in the end, none of it matters. You can say it’s for any or all of the reasons Bill elucidates here, but I think the reality is simply that the selection committee isn’t ready to open up the can of worms that would inevitably and vehemently follow if it allowed a two-loss, non-conference champ team in ahead of (take your pick) one-loss conference champs Ohio State and Oklahoma or undefeated Notre Dame.
It’s not about the best. It’s never been about the best. The selection committee isn’t even wired for it to be about the best.
You’ll see a thousand different takes on which teams should be in the semis and a thousand impassioned reasons why. None of them matter. (Neither does the hot take that this season proves the format needs to grow to eight teams.) The selection committee’s gonna selection committee.
I’m at peace either way it goes, personally speaking. I am convinced after watching the SECCG that Georgia merits consideration as one of the four best, but you lose control of the debate when you drop two games in a year when there are alternatives. C’est la guerre.