Alabama Football: Talking first CFB Playoff rankings

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With the Crimson Tide having no chance to be ranked in the top four on Tuesday night, Alabama football fans were generally relaxed about the first CFB Playoff rankings. After all, the Crimson Tide wins out, and as SEC Champion it makes the final four.

There is however a scenario in which an undefeated Washington, an undefeated Big Ten champion, and an undefeated Florida State could stress the Selection Committee. Possibly the committee could be left to consider for the fourth spot two teams, both 12-1, and both conference champions. And, the two teams played each other in the regular season. Those two teams could well be the Texas Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Would the Selection Committee go with the head-to-head winner; Texas? Or would Alabama, having at that point, more quality wins, including a win over Georgia, get the nod?

There is much football left to be played. The two questions above cannot be answered now. And, answers are not needed now. Much will change over the next five weeks. Based on the history of CFB Playoff rankings, there are around 13 teams left with a path to a Playoff berth.

Alabama Football: CFB Playoff Rankings Week One

  1. Ohio State Buckeyes
  2. Georgia Bulldogs
  3. Michigan Wolverines
  4. Florida State Seminoles
  5. Washington Huskies
  6. Oregon Ducks
  7. Texas Longhorns
  8. Alabama Crimson Tide
  9. Oklahoma Sooners
  10. Ole Miss Rebels
  11. Penn State Nittany Lions
  12. Missouri Tigers
  13. Louisville Cardinals
  14. LSU Bengal Tigers
  15. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  16. Oregon State Beavers
  17. Tennessee Vols
  18. Utah Utes
  19. UCLA Bruins
  20. Southern Cal Trojans
  21. Kansas Jayhawks
  22. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  23. Kansas State Wildcats
  24. Tulane Green Wave
  25. Air Force Falcons

Six SEC teams in the top 17 is impressive for the league. No other conference comes close. The Pac-12 has five teams in the top 20, but one (USC at No. 20) was given a generous ranking by the Selection Committee.

Interesting comments were made after the week one Playoff rankings were released. Committee Chair, Boo Corrigan was asked about Michigan and sign-stealing. His answer was,

"It’s an NCAA issue. It’s not a CFP issue."

Since the NCAA will take no action until much later (if ever), the Wolverines will not be affected in this season’s Playoff decisions.

Also, multiple ESPN commentators, including Kirk Herbstreit stated that in their mind, Ohio State is not currently college football’s best team.

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There will be four more Tuesday night rankings before the final one on Sunday, Dec. 3.