Alabama Football: Ranking gives Alabama unexpected key to Playoff

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When the College Football Playoff Committee unveiled its initial College Football Playoff rankings many were disappointed that Alabama remained ranked eighth however Alabama was given a new unexpected key to making the playoff. Many Alabama Football fans expected this weekend’s match-up with LSU to be the biggest potential game on its schedule however, the playoff committee revealed Alabama already won its biggest game of the year. The College Football Playoff Committee ranked the Ole Miss Rebels tenth over notable teams in Penn State, LSU, and Louisville. The Ole Miss Rebels could be a crucial part of Alabama football’s debate if it finishes ranked inside the Top Ten. Ole Miss has four games remaining with Texas A&M, second-ranked Georgia, UL Monroe, and Mississippi State. Should Ole Miss play the Georgia Bulldogs close and defeat its other three opponents it’s likely Alabama Football has a top-ten win on its resume.

Alabama Football: An Inside Track to the College Football Playoff

After taking a week two loss to Texas, Alabama Football left itself a massive uphill climb to make it back into playoff contention. The first big step was winning six straight games to get itself ranked back inside the top ten. Now if Alabama Football can win against LSU, it would give itself three potential top 25 wins with a top ten win over Ole Miss. The next step for Alabama Football would be to see some of the teams ranked ahead of them take a first or second loss. This weekend fifth-ranked Washington has a tough matchup on the road against USC and the following weekend they face 18th-ranked Utah. Sixth-ranked Oregon has two tough matchups against ranked opponents in USC and Oregon State both of which are capable of handing the Ducks a second loss. The biggest dream scenario would be if Penn State beat second-ranked Michigan and then the Wolverines beat Ohio State which would ensure the Big Ten champion had at least one loss. Everything remains right in front of the Alabama Football team, and they can continue to climb toward the playoffs should they handle their business this weekend.

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Note: Rankings Via ESPN.