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Kirk Herbstreit explains how Alabama can still make the Playoff

Kirk Herbstreit explains how Alabama can still make the Playoff

Thanksgiving weekend was not kind to teams atop the College Football Playoff rankings. The Tigers are viewed as a more complete team than Oklahoma, they beat Auburn and the committee has partially excused the loss to Syracuse because of the injury to QB Kelly Bryant. Georgia would end the year 12-1 as the SEC champion, which qualifies as a virtual lock in the playoff era coming out of this conference.

Auburn sits behind Clemson, which ascended to No. 1 this week.

The Playoff was instituted in 2014 and has yet to feature two teams from the same conference in a single Playoff. Oklahoma and Wisconsin round out the top four. Auburn advanced to the SEC Championship Game to face Georgia, while Alabama must await its postseason fate. The Sooners' spot is not guaranteed, though, as a loss to the No. 11 Horned Frogs on Saturday could send them tumbling out of the CFP semifinals.

Again, there's one team in the top seven that doesn't play: No. 5 Alabama.

Maybe Alabama has nothing to worry about after dropping to No. 5 in the penultimate rankings, but three little words Tuesday night from Kirby Hocutt sounded ominous for the Crimson Tide.

But a potential Alabama-Ohio State controversy looms.

The Badgers opened at No. 9, moved up to No. 8 in Week 2, moved up to No. 5 in Week 3, stayed at No. 5 in Week 4 and moved up this week thanks to losses by then-No.

Miami hasn't played for a national championship since a controversial 31-24 double-overtime loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl during the 2002 season.

Clemson and Miami face off in the ACC title game with a playoff spot on the line, while Georgia and Auburn meet for the SEC crown with the same stakes.

Alabama coach Nick Saban made the case for the Crimson Tide to still make the College Football Playoff, but Alabama will need some chaos to slide into the final four.

The final rankings are set to be revealed at 11 a.m. Sunday on ESPN. That game will be a rematch of a September 9 USC victory at the Coliseum. Southern California (10-2), 11. Even as conference champions, a one-loss Alabama or two-loss Ohio State would stand a better chance to make the top four. If TCU and Stanford lose, that could be recipe for getting Washington into the New Year's Six.

UCF, a victor over in-state rival USF in a high-scoring thriller Saturday, is the highest-ranked Group of 5 school and sits at No. 14 with designs on a New Year's Day bowl game.

Undefeated and underdogs, the Badgers would make things easier on the selection committee by beating the Buckeyes.

"This group has earned the right to have the opportunity to play in the Big Ten championship", he said.

So how would these rankings shake out if they were to hold? 1 team in three weeks - Auburn climbed to No. 2, despite owning two losses. 1 Alabama and then-No. Meanwhile, Baker Mayfield & Co. boast victories against Ohio State, Oklahoma State and TCU and a not-as-bad loss to Iowa State. Georgia checked in at No. 6. Michigan State (9-3), 17.

Orange Bowl: No. 7 Miami vs.


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