​We officially have less than one week before the final College Football Playoff results are revealed, with it cementing the top four spots in the CFP bracket. But before we can lock any of this nonsense in, most of the contenders must survive championship weekend.


In the SEC, ​Alabama and Georgia amounts to a de-facto quarterfinal. While the Crimson Tide will likely be in the playoff even with a loss to Kirby Smart and co., the ​Bulldogs' fate remains in the hands of the committee should they become the latest to fall at the hands of Nick Saban. 

But what happens if Georgia, now spotted at No. 4 in the latest rankings, loses by a narrow margin to Alabama? After all, no team has lost to the Crimson Tide by fewer than 22 points this season. Should UGA be defeated in a hard-fought battle, say by a field goal, don't they deserve another shot at slaying the dragon?


ESPN college football analyst Laura Rutledge thinks the Dawgs have a case.

​​"I do think Alabama wins by a field goal, something like 31-28. And if that happens, I think Georgia has a solid case for the College Football Playoff. Other things would have to happen, of course," Rutledge said.


Those other factors are out of Georgia's control, and it wouldn't hurt if Oklahoma or Ohio State were slain by a giant-killer in their conference title games. The Bulldogs strength of schedule and overall consistency on defense make their resume more viable than either OU or OSU.


Of course, none of this matters if Georgia takes care of business on Saturday. Just like last season, the Dawgs control their own destiny. What more can they really ask for?