Tennessee or LSU? Who makes the College Football Playoffs?

We have two weeks until Selection Sunday, and we have three Southeastern Conference programs who; are jockeying for bids to the College Football Playoffs. Out of those three, we know Georgia will be in, but what about Tennessee and LSU? Is there a case where two Southeastern Conference programs earn a bid to the College Football Playoffs, or will it be a solo year for the Georgia Bulldogs? According to the Playoff Rankings, the path for the Southeastern Conference to earn two bids is right in front of the conference for a second straight season. Out of the two between Tennessee and LSU, the folks on Rocky Top have the best chance because Ohio State and Michigan have to play each other next week, with the loser facing Playoff elimination.

As it stands, Tennessee has the best chance to earn a bid to the College Football Playoffs. With being ranked fifth in the rankings, the Volunteers are in a prime position for a trip to the Playoffs as long as they handle business against South Carolina and Vanderbilt over the next two weeks. Handle business as the Volunteers should have no problem doing so; Tennessee will likely have a rematch with the Georgia Bulldogs in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

What about LSU? How can Brian Kelly take his LSU in his first season to the College Football Playoffs? Coming into the week as the 6th ranked team in the country, LSU sits in the shadows with a simmer of hope, having to win out to make the College Football Playoffs. It won’t be easy because the road ahead includes Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, but don’t count out the Bayou Bengals.

In terms of the likelihood of having two teams in the College Football Playoffs, the Southeastern Conference is at an all-time high. If you were a betting person, betting the house on having two SEC teams in the Playoffs would guarantee you for life. Georgia is already in; awaiting them is a question mark of two teams that have earned the credit they deserve.

Oct 8, 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Jabari Small (2) is tackled by LSU Tigers cornerback Jarrick Bernard-Converse (24) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The final decision on who to let in will come down to the head-to-head matchup that Tennessee and LSU had in early October. In that matchup, it was all Tennessee as the Volunteers dominated LSU 40-13. Some argue that loss shouldn’t matter, and those folks are wrong. Tennessee has dominated everybody on their schedule except for Georgia and Alabama. When it’s all said and done, the College Football Playoff in its current format is about putting the four best teams on the field to compete for a National Championship. At this point, Tennessee is the better team, and the Volunteers will likely be the fourth team in the 2022 College Football Playoffs.

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