The Pac 12 is in its first year of an eight-team playoff, but the conference has already lost two of its top three teams to the SEC and conference champion Alabama.
The SEC and the SEC Championship Game are the top two teams remaining, and the top-ranked Pac 12 teams are still in the playoff race.
Oregon is the lone Pac 12 team in the top four and the conference is currently No. 2 in the AP poll.
While the conference’s most-anticipated matchup of the season is expected to be Alabama-Oregon on Saturday, the rest of the conference and the national spotlight will be focused on the SEC, the SEC title game and the ACC championship game on Saturday night.
Here’s a look at the Pac-12 playoff picture as it stands, with the SEC at the top and the Pac12 and SEC at mid-table: SEC The top-seeded SEC is No. 1 in the latest AP poll, which will be released Saturday night, and its three-game winning streak against top teams has been its best streak since joining the conference in 2013.
Alabama is the SEC’s only winless team and is averaging 44.8 points per game.
Florida State and Auburn are No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, in the Associated Press poll.
Auburn has scored 90 or more points four times in the last six games and Florida State has scored 60 or more in four of the last five games.
Alabama has allowed just 17.6 points per contest over that stretch.
SEC championship game Alabama has won four of its last five SEC games, including three straight by a combined score of 103-71 over Ole Miss and South Carolina.
The Crimson Tide has also won three of its past four SEC games in Athens.
SEC title Alabama’s last win was a 55-53 victory over Kentucky in the 2017 Sugar Bowl.
SEC national title Alabama is in the hunt for the first national title in program history.
The Tide has won three straight SEC titles, but two of those teams have been against SEC teams.
Alabama is 1-2 against SEC opponents.
SEC Championship game Alabama is expected on Saturday to be the only team to beat the SEC champions.
The SEC championship could have a huge impact on the conference playoff race, as Alabama will face one of the top teams in the country in the ACC champion.
The other SEC teams will likely be ranked in the Top 10, so the Tide has a huge opportunity to win this game.
SEC National title Alabama won’t be playing the defending national champions, South Carolina, but its two other SEC opponents could potentially have their teams in action.
LSU is the No. 8 team in AP poll and Kentucky is the top team in a hypothetical SEC championship matchup.
SEC champions Alabama and South Columbia South Carolina and Auburn will be playing against each other in a national title game in 2021.
SEC teams Alabama and Kentucky Alabama and Auburn could also face each other this year, though it’s unlikely either team would beat the other.
SEC champion South Carolina could have to go through Florida State and Clemson.
SEC playoff South Carolina has beaten Alabama in four straight and will likely go through Georgia in the final four games of the SEC regular season.
SEC schools Alabama and Georgia Alabama is the only SEC team that is ranked in ESPN’s preseason top 25.
Alabama beat Georgia twice in the Peach Bowl last season, but Georgia beat Alabama once more in the SEC championship.
SEC champ Georgia Georgia is expected in the national title picture this season.
The Bulldogs are expected to face South Carolina in the championship game, though the matchup of those two schools would likely be the most exciting matchup of all.
SEC championships Alabama and Florida Georgia and South Florida have both beaten Alabama twice in SEC championships.
Alabama defeated South Florida by a total of 31 points in the 2015 title game.
Georgia beat South Florida, 35-32, in a blowout win in the 2014 title game, but that game was overshadowed by the death of Alabama’s star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Jake Coker.
Georgia and Florida have met seven times since the SEC began.
SEC bowl Alabama is one of four SEC teams that will face the SEC champion in a bowl game.
The winner of that game will be the conference champion.
SEC school Alabama will play a bowl matchup with Florida in 2021, but Alabama is also expected to play a matchup with Georgia in 2021 or 2022.
SEC team Alabama is going to face Georgia in a matchup.
Alabama will go against Georgia in this game, and Alabama will have to beat Georgia in an SEC championship in 2021 for this to be a real possibility.
SEC home game Alabama’s home opener against LSU in 2021 would be the first time the Tide plays a SEC opponent in the regular season since 2013.
SEC season Alabama is entering its first season with an SEC schedule and a bowl schedule.
SEC bowl game Alabama would be playing Georgia in that game, although Georgia would have