i'm guessing there will be effort to keep the possibility of rematch off the table at pretty much all costs. I agree UGA isn't as good as they were last year, but I also agree they are the second best team in the nation- possibly in a loop with Clemson.
and then there is this......
It is disappointing ND gets nods based on their path through the season. there was little opposition and they faced nobody back-to-back unless you count this upcoming game and USCw... They didn't even dominate all their games. But........ I watched the game against 'Cuse, and.... they are a LOT better than i was giving them credit for, it hurts me to say. all this to say "they are ALSO in the loop with UGA and Clemson". Ouch.
Michigan is good, too- maybe not Bama good (nobody is), but at least in the loop with UGA and ND.
things will shake out, they always do... the problem is in my mind that UGA, Clemson (to a degree), and UM will have to further prove themselves where ND will waltz right in so long as they beat USCw.