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College Sports: Win or lose on Saturday, Alabama making the playoff feels like a certainty 

Ben Baby, Texas A&M football beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team and the SEC in a live chat Thursday. Below are highlights, edited for clarity:

If Georgia wins on Saturday, both the Bulldogs and Alabama are in the CFP, right? Or would Bama get passed up by Oklahoma or Ohio State?

Baby: Yeah, it’s really hard to see Bama getting bounced. The Crimson Tide have played so well all year and have already proven a team doesn’t have to win the conference championship to make the playoff. You can get mad all you want, but that feels like a certainty at this point.

I will say, however, I don’t see the point of putting both teams in. It should work like a de facto playoff since it’s so late in the season, but I’m going to be in the minority on that.

This might sound far fetched, but is there any realistic chance that Georgia could lose a close game to Alabama and, at two losses, make the playoff over a 1-loss Power 5 champion?

Baby: I don’t think there’s any way a two-loss Georgia team makes the CFP. But I’ve been plenty wrong before. Oklahoma and Ohio State, if both teams win, have much better resumes than the Bulldogs.

If Texas somehow beats OU and Bama clobbers Georgia, is there a real chance of an Texas-Texas A&M Sugar Bowl? Would be a big game in a major bowl for the first game between the two since the Aggies left for the SEC.

Baby: If A&M had beaten Auburn, there’d be a realistic chance the Aggies could meet the Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl. But at 8-4 and No. 19 in the CFP ranking, that’s fairly impossible.

In fact, Georgia would need to beat Bama and send two teams to the CFP to push the Aggies up the postseason pecking order. But even then, there are still four other teams ahead of A&M.

Also, the first major bowl game was in 2012-13, when the Aggies beat Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. But it’s easy to forget about that one since it feels like A&M is a completely different program since those days.

Unless the committee decides to move some teams around for no reason on Sunday, the SEC is going to make up a third of the New Year’s Six. Do LSU and Florida really deserve to be there?

Baby: I think LSU should be that high, but definitely not Florida. The Gators ain’t beat nobody, PAWWWWWL. 

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