Many people were wondering who would make the final two spots in the College Football Playoff, with the Michigan Wolverines and Washington Huskies basically securing a spot in the CFP. The final two spots were down to the Alabama Crimson Tide, Texas Longhorns, Florida State Seminoles, and Georgia Bulldogs.
As it turned out, Texas got the third spot, and Bama got the fourth and final spot. And the Tide can thank the Kentucky Wildcats for helping make that happen.
Three weeks ago, Alabama demolished Kentucky at Kroger Field, 49-21, where the Wildcats never really stood a chance.
Then two weeks later, Kentucky took on, at the time, the No. 10 Louisville Cardinals on their field. It was a back-and-forth brawl for both teams, but Kentucky was able to pull off the upset.
Louisville was still going to compete in the ACC championship game no matter if they lost to Kentucky or not, but the championship game between FSU and Louisville was not the greatest game.
One reason was that FSU’s starting quarterback, Jordan Travis, was out for the rest of the year. The Seminoles went on to win 16-6 against Louisville, winning their conference championship.
Although Florida State went 13-0 for the year, it wasn’t enough, and one of the reasons why that may be is due to Mitch Barnhart, the Athletic Director for Kentucky, being on the College Football Playoff committee.
You know Barnhart was hammering the below point home for the committee that was noted by Matt Jones.
With Alabama blowing out UK in Lexington— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) December 3, 2023
Then 2 weeks later UK beats UL in Louisville
And then the Florida St-UL game last night
And the UK AD Mitch Barnhart is on the committee
I think that had to matter
Oh, and because Florida State didn’t make the playoff, it pushed Louisville out of a New Year’s Six bowl, so it’s been a disastrous weekend for the Cards, to say the least.
With FSU left out, bowls are now scrambling. And I keep hearing that no one wants Louisville.— David Hood (@MDavidHood) December 3, 2023
Overall, it is great to see the SEC continuing to dominate and to see a team make the College Football Playoff, which has happened every year since the CFP started, and for Kentucky to pitch in.