Where Alabama stands in fourth College Football Playoff rankings


The fourth edition of the College Football Playoff top 25 rankings was released on Tuesday, and following its 34-0 home win over the Governors of Austin Peay, Alabama climbed one spot to No. 7 in the poll that will eventually set the postseason scene in less than two weeks’ time.

The top-four teams remained the same as last week’s rankings No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 TCU. But that will change after this weekend’s games with Ohio State and Michigan set to play. Tennessee’s 63-38 loss at South Carolina saw the Vols drop five spots to No. 10, while LSU and USC each rose one spot to Nos. 5 and 6, respectively.

Clemson was ranked one spot behind Alabama at No. 8, but the Tigers have two more games in front of them, including the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 3 against No. 17. North Carolina. No. 9 Oregon and the Vols rounded out the top 10 on the Nov. 22 rankings reveal. 

CFP selection committee chair Boo Corrigan discussed the Tide and Tigers while on ESPN.

“You’re looking at the football judgment, right, as we’re going through this,” Corrigan said Tuesday evening. “Clemson is 6-1 against teams over .500. Alabama is 6-2 with teams over .500. They’ve got the two close losses, obviously, Alabama does. And that game against Notre Dame, that 35-14 game continues to be part of the discussion. You look at Clemson, defensively, they’ve got some dudes up front that are making plays and doing things.

But overall, we saw Alabama as being seven and Clemson eight.”

Although Alabama climbed in the CFP Top 25 rankings, Tuesday still marked the fifth time the Tide has been ranked outside of the top six teams in 51 total installments. It was also just the third time (now in a row) that both Alabama and Clemson were not among the top-six teams.

UA was eliminated from being able to compete in the SEC Championship Game next month. It will feature a matchup between LSU and Georgia. With two losses, the Tide’s hopes of making an eighth appearance in the four-team playoff have all but ended. Alabama (9-2, 5-2 SEC) is focused on strongly finishing the season and reaching 10 wins for a 15th straight year.

The SEC landed five teams among the College Football Playoff Top 25 on Tuesday night in Georgia, LSU, Alabama, Tennessee and No. 20 Ole Miss, losers of two in a row. The Tide will close out the regular season against unranked Auburn on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2:30 p.m.

The fifth edition of the CFP rankings will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. CT, and that will mark the penultimate rankings reveal prior to Selection Sunday on Dec. 4 (11 a.m.).

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF TOP 25 RANKINGS

1. Georgia (11-0)

2. Ohio State (11-0)

3. Michigan (11-0)

4. TCU (11-0)

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5. LSU (9-2)

6. USC (9-1)

7. Alabama (9-2)

8. Clemson (10-1)

9. Oregon (9-2)

10. Tennessee (9-2)

11. Penn State (9-2)

12. Kansas State (8-3)

13. Washington (9-2)

14. Utah (8-3)

15. Notre Dame (8-3)

16. Florida State (8-3)

17. North Carolina (9-2)

18. UCLA (8-3)

19. Tulane (9-2)

20. Ole Miss (8-3)

21. Oregon State (8-3)

22. UCF (8-3)

23. Texas (7-4)

24. Cincinnati (9-2)

25. Louisville (7-4)

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