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Ben Baby, Texas A&M football beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answers your questions about the team and the SEC in a live chat Thursday. Below are highlights, edited for clarity:
What’s the most interesting bowl possibility that’s still on the table for the Aggies?
Baby: If by “interesting” you mean “interesting for the beat writer,” I’m going to go with the Music City Bowl or the Liberty Bowl, because I’d like to hang out in Nashville or Memphis for a few days. But a potential match-up against a former Big 12 foe like Texas Tech or Oklahoma State could be really fascinating. A Big 12 bowl opponent immediately becomes a compelling matchup. A loss to a team from A&M’s former conference likely wouldn’t sit well with Aggie fans.
Does a two-SEC team CFP scenario still exist?
Baby: There’s only one reason why this scenario is viable. If Alabama somehow doesn’t win the SEC, it’s hard to imagine the CFP committee keeps the Crimson Tide out. Alabama has looked far too dominant all season to miss the playoff.
So, that leaves one big question remaining: Does Alabama lose in the regular season? Not if it keeps racking up points at the current clip of 51.3 points per game, the best in the country. That’s a laughable number, especially in a conference like the SEC. However, I’d love to see how the Crimson Tide fare against a team that has an offense that can keep up with Alabama.
Most likely to get upset this weekend: Top-ranked Alabama (vs. Mississippi State), No. 5 Georgia (vs. Auburn) or No. 11 Kentucky (at Tennessee)?
Baby: Good question. I’ll take Alabama, but it’s only because I don’t think Auburn’s offense is any good and Tennessee still isn’t good enough to threaten Kentucky.