When Georgia beat Alabama 33-18 on Jan. 10, the Bulldogs became the fifth SEC team to win a national championship during this millennium, joining Alabama, Auburn, Florida and LSU.
Georgia had not won a national championship since 1980.
Adams points to Texas A&M.
Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher already won a national championship at Florida State, and he's recruiting as if he means to win another at A&M. The Aggies' 2022 recruiting class is ranked No. 1 in the 247Sports Composite.
Signing elite recruiting classes proved to be Georgia's path to a title. The Bulldogs signed the No. 1-ranked classes in 2018 and 2020, and the No.2-ranked class in 2019.
Toppmeyer agrees that the Aggies seem to be gathering momentum toward ending a national championship drought that extends to the 1939 season, but he says their best window of opportunity might be before Texas and Oklahoma join the SEC. That's scheduled to occur in 2025. For now, A&M is the only Texas school that can sell the opportunity to compete in the SEC.
Adams and Toppmeyer also debate Arkansas, Ole Miss and Tennessee as possibilities to end national championship droughts. Arkansas and Ole Miss finished the 1964 and 1960 seasons, respectively, ranked No. 1 by the FWAA, while Tennessee won a BCS national championship with its 1998 team.
Toppmeyer suggests that programs like those three might have a better chance of winning a title if the College Football Playoff were to expand. But Adams notes that playoff expansion likely won't occur until the SEC is at 16 teams, making the path to the playoff all the more difficult, with Oklahoma and Texas in the mix.
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