Georgia has high playoff upside

The Dawgs are one of four not in the AP top 10 with major potential

Originally Published: August 18, 2014
By Brad Edwards | ESPN Insider

Hutson MasonTodd Kirkland/Icon SMIIt will be Hutson Mason's turn to shine under center for the Georgia Bulldogs.

As I wrote on Sunday, recent history tells us that at least half of the playoff teams are likely to come from outside the preseason AP top 10.

So which teams ranked Nos. 11-25 are most likely to finish in the selection committee's top four? Let's use ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) to identify the strongest candidates.

No. 12 Georgia Bulldogs

There's nothing surprising about this pick. The highest-ranked SEC team outside of the top 10 is an obvious place to start.

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