Alabama down, but not out, in College Football Playoff race

Alabama down, but not out, in College Football Playoff race

But with the Tigers No. 1 in the CFP rankings there is at least a chance they could be in the top four even with a loss to the Hurricanes. In the No. 6 slot, Alabama could be jumped by an Ohio State win and a Georgia win.

The Tigers (11-1) are coming off a 34-10 win over rival SC.

The Crimson Tide is coming off a 26-14 loss at Auburn on Saturday.

The Miami Hurricanes have dropped out of the top four in the penultimate College Football Playoff poll.

An Oklahoma loss to TCU is the best scenario for Alabama.

Alabama vs. Ohio State: Who would deserve fourth playoff spot? Wisconsin meets Ohio State in the Big Ten title game Saturday. The next best result for the Tide would be a Wisconsin loss to Ohio State. But that is largely based on Ohio State having two double-digit losses including one at home to the probable Big 12 champion and a blowout loss on the road against Iowa. "I know they lost to Auburn, but they're just that good." .

Alabama fans will be rooting hard for Ohio State to win the Big Ten championship this season because it is one of two ways Alabama can reach the playoff this season.

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The other three bowls have no contractual obligations, though one spot is reserved for the highest-ranked champion from the Group of Five conferences.

The final College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Sunday, Dec. 3. The No. 7 Hurricanes will play defending champion Clemson in the ACC title game, and the victor of that one will be part of the four-team field. On Saturday, nine conference championship games will be played, including four featuring two top-11 teams with clear playoff implications. The Sooners have wins over No. 8 Ohio State, No. 11 TCU and No. 19 Oklahoma State, but the committee has been reluctant to show the Sooners - and their mediocre defense - total respect, clearly preferring Clemson ... and now a two-loss Auburn. The Crimson Tide own three top-25 wins over No. 17 LSU, No. 23 Mississippi State and No. 25 Fresno State, which slipped into the top 25 but could fall out if it loses the Mountain West title game to Boise State.

Georgia gets a rematch with No. 2 Auburn in the SEC Championship Game. And this week, we have quite a lineup on the college football calendar with conference championship week upon us. While a few things would have to fall just right, the latest Playoff Top 25 seems to indicate that there is still a possibility of two SEC teams making the final four this year. Ohio State would own a conference championship, but Oklahoma decisively beat the Buckeyes in Columbus on September 9.

With No. 10 USC and No. 11 TCU staring up at the other contenders, they look like extreme long shots.

The Orange Bowl is guaranteed the ACC champion, but with projected champion Clemson in a semifinal, it would choose the next highest-ranked ACC team, which is No. 7 Miami.

"They've won 11 games". Notre Dame (9-3), 16.

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