The playoff era in college football doesn't begin until 2014, but the SEC championship game matchup between Alabama and Georgia on Saturday will serve as a play-in game for this season’s Discover BCS National Championship Game.
As expected, Alabama remained No. 2 and Georgia No. 3 in the newest BCS standings released Sunday night.
Notre Dame, coming off its 22-13 win over USC, is No. 1 for the second straight week. The Irish (12-0) are finished with their regular season.
The only real drama remaining is whether it will be Alabama or Georgia facing Notre Dame on Jan. 7 in Miami for the national title.
Despite four wins over teams in the top 13 this week in the BCS standings, Florida is locked in at No. 4. The Gators won 37-26 at Florida State last Saturday, but won’t have a chance to move up into the top two spots of the final BCS standings because their regular season is complete.
However, the Gators should finish in the top three, which would get them an automatic berth in a BCS bowl -- likely the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The SEC has six of the top 10 teams in this week’s BCS standings. In addition to Alabama, Florida and Georgia, LSU is No. 7, Texas A&M No. 9 and South Carolina No. 10.