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How a one-loss Alabama team could be left out of College Football Playoff

Saivion Smith

Week two of the College Football Playoff rankings are out and while the top three held firm, trends are developing which can indicate what might happen if number one Alabama falls in the SEC Championship Game. I believe the Selection Committee is telling us that a one-loss Alabama will not be selected for the Playoff.

What I’m about to say is based on a couple of things. First, Alabama would have to be Undefeated going into the SEC championship game against a one-loss Georgia team. Second, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan all win out. In this scenario, Clemson, Georgia and Michigan would all be conference champions with Notre Dame being undefeated.

With the emphasis on how highly ranked the committee has Notre Dame at No. 3 and Michigan at No. 4 this week, a loss by Alabama would drop the Tide behind Michigan as Georgia would catapult to either two or three, depending on how the Committee would ultimately rank an undefeated Notre Dame over one-loss conference champions from the SEC and Big Ten.

As we sit here today, Alabama can only strengthen its record going forward by defeating a one-loss Georgia team – not that it needs the help at the moment. Alabama is far and away the best team in the nation. Fans, handicappers and opposing coaches and players know it. But just how wide is that gap? The answer will probably be found in the lack of wins against playoff teams.

If the Tide lost to a one-loss Georgia team, the Tide’s best win of the season will be LSU if the Tigers win out. LSU is currently ranked 7th and will probably stay in the top 10. After that, the choices get slim. Alabama is about to hand Mississippi State its fourth loss. Auburn still has Georgia and Alabama to play and will probably end the season with five losses. For this scenario to work, Georgia still needs to be a one-loss SEC champ so a win against a five-loss Auburn helps Alabama none.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame would have the best win of the playoff teams with a victory over Michigan. Michigan would have the best loss of the one-loss teams, a win over top 10 Ohio State and a conference championship. College Football Playoff Committee Chair Rob Mullens said Michigan had the “best defense in the country” and said so without blinking an eye.

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