SEC Football 2014: Winner of Alabama-Auburn Will Go On to Play in College Football Playoff

Winner of Alabama-Auburn Will Go On to Play in College Football Playoff

5/12/14 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn (left) shakes hands with Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban (right) prior to the game at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY SportsIt's only May, but plenty of predictions are already being made as to how the 2014 college football regular season will unfold.

And while some of those predictions will undoubtedly be completely wrong, others may make us look like geniuses.

In fact, there's already one prediction concerning the SEC that is an absolute lock:

The winner of the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers on November 29 at Bryant-Denney Stadium in Tuscaloosa will be guaranteed a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Technically, there's nothing in place that says that the winner of the fiercest rivalry in college football must play for the national championship. But given how we expect the season to play out, the winner of that game will win the SEC West and march on to the inaugural playoff.

While the Georgia Bulldogs are the early favorite to capture the SEC East crown, the two best teams in the league in 2014 will be Alabama and Auburn.

Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Despite losing a ton of talent to the NFL draft, both teams have rosters that are still stronger than most in the nation. 

The Tigers return a potential Heisman candidate in quarterback Nick Marshall, and perhaps more importantly, the defense should be even better even though key players such as Dee Ford and Chris Davis have departed.

As for the Crimson Tide, Nick Saban once again has a team worthy of competing for a national title. Sure, the quarterback situation is a bit of concern. But there's so much talent at other positions (especially on defense) that will allow Alabama to be in the mix for more hardware.

For those reasons, these two teams could find themselves head and shoulders above the rest of the pack.

LSU and Ole Miss will have the best chance knocking off one of the powers, but at this point, it looks like all roads point towards the winner of the Iron Bowl playing for the SEC title. 

LSU is the only team other than Alabama or Auburn that has won the SEC championship since 2009, so it shouldn't shock anyone if the SEC West extends its winning streak over the SEC East in the conference title game.

And it'll be the Tigers or the Crimson Tide that will be responsible for accomplishing that feat.

That SEC title game appearance (and victory) will also all but guarantee a spot in the national championship.

For fans of the SEC and college football in general that are tired of seeing Saban and Malzahn rule the sport's landscape, well, better luck next year.

Because the team that claims the 2014 Iron Bowl will have a great shot at capturing another national title.

Do you see anyone other than Alabama or Auburn winning the SEC West this season? Let us know by commenting below! For more college football talk, follow FanIQ College Football or myself on Twitter!
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