Ranking every Alabama College Football Playoff game of the four-team era

Michigan knocked out Alabama in the Rose Bowl to end the Crimson Tide's storied run of dominance over the four-team CFP era, but where does it rank among the best games in Alabama CFP history?
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No team was more synonymous with the four-team College Football Playoff than Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. The run of dominance came to an end one game short of a seventh CFP National Championship game appearance Jalen Milroe was stopped on fourth down in overtime at the Rose Bowl, so now we can take a moment to look back and rank every Alabama CFP game of the four-team era. 

While it was painful for Crimson Tide supporters, the rest of the college football world, the ones without a vested interest in Alabama football, got to enjoy an all-time classic between two of the most storied programs in the country.

This trip down memory lane will certainly bring back some good memories in Tuscaloosa and could serve as mouthwash to rid the fanbase of the bad taste left from the semifinal loss in Pasadena. 

However, this ranking won’t just be the games that Alabama fans enjoyed the most, but the best football games that the Crimson Tide participated in during this memorable era. That means Monday’s overtime slugfest could check in pretty high. 

Alabama has played in 14 CFP games in total with three national championships and a 9-5 overall record. The only problem for Bama with this list is that a lot of their wins were blowouts and the losses came in devastating fashion. 

14. 2015 Cotton Bowl No. 2 Alabama 38 No. 3 Michigan State 0

The first half of the Cotton Bowl wasn’t entirely lopsided, but Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook threw a red zone interception trailing 10-0 just before halftime. Alabama dominated from that point on and made it pretty clear that Michigan State was not close to their level.