Where Georgia is ranked in latest College Football Playoff poll

When College Football Playoff rankings are released, Alabama could be in uncharted waters

When College Football Playoff rankings are released, Alabama could be in uncharted waters

Alabama finishes 11-1 with no conference or division championship and a loss to Auburn as its last data point, but the Tide have wins over bowl teams LSU, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Colorado State, Fresno State and maybe Florida State.

The Pac-12 appears to be locked out of the playoff so it is a safe bet that the victor of its championship game between Stanford and Southern California (10-2) winds up in the Fiesta Bowl. The Tigers were followed by No. 2 Auburn (10-2), No. 3 Oklahoma (11-1), UW, No. 5 Alabama (11-1), No 6 Georgia (11-1), No. 7 Miami (10-1), Ohio State, No. 9 Penn State (10-2) and No. 10 USC (10-2). As Nick Saban said in his post-game press conference following Alabama's 26-14 loss, few teams have been able to win 11 games and those that have won 11 games have far worse losses on their resume. If Ohio State defeats Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, could the Buckeyes possibly move up from No. 8 to No. 4?

In other words, Alabama's position would have been better if they were facing a lesser Auburn team that had lost to Georgia, as the Tide would have still controlled their own destiny. Auburn advanced to the SEC Championship Game to face Georgia, while Alabama must await its postseason fate.

Kelvin Kuo  USA TODAY Sports
Kelvin Kuo USA TODAY Sports

Even though they'd have the Big 12 championship, it's hard to envision a scenario where a two-loss TCU team gets in over Alabama.

The final CFP rankings will be released 11:30 a.m. CT Sunday.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Sooners are 15/4 favorites to win the college football national championship this season. The Spartans also improved from 1-8 to 7-2 in conference play.

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"It's unbelievable", ESPN analyst Booger McFarland said Tuesday night after the top four were revealed. The two teams meet in the AAC championship game, with the victor likely playing in the Peach Bowl. The Trojans square off with No. 12 Stanford for the conference championship on Friday night in Palo Alto.

The wild card is Ohio State.

The Spartans also came in at No. 16 last week before beating Rutgers over the weekend. Then again, if both Ohio State and TCU win, perhaps the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide will both make the playoff. Southern California (10-2), 11. One of the reasons the Buckeyes made the field a year ago but Big Ten-champion Penn State did not was a blowout loss for the Nittany Lions.

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The only way Alabama could get in over Ohio State, because it's not going to on paper, is if the committee just said - the coaches in the room looked around and said, "I wouldn't want to play them".

Fiesta Bowl: No. 9 Penn State vs. The Bulldogs probably would face No. 14 UCF, which is guaranteed a spot in a New Year's Six Bowl as the highest-ranked Group of Five champion.

The AAC victor is probably going to the Peach Bowl.

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