TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football has made the College Football Playoff each year it has existed.
Will that change this season?
Here are some reasons Alabama will make the College Football Playoff. On Friday, we’ll take a look at why the Crimson Tide may fall short.
Alabama owns the SEC
Alabama football has lost two SEC games over the last three years. That’s an impressive run given how physical and tough the conference is.
Looking at the schedule, Alabama gets Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU at home. Alabama plays at Texas A&M and Auburn. Both road games should be manageable.
Outside of Georgia taking a big step, there’s not a team from the SEC East that could dethrone Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Winning the SEC is as close to an automatic invitation to the playoff as it gets.
We saw it last year with Clemson. Clemson spent all of last season focused on the goal of getting back to the national championship and winning it coming off a tough loss to Alabama in 2015.
That will be Alabama this season. The Crimson Tide spent all of 2016 as the best team in the country. That came crashing down on Clemson’s last-second touchdown drive to earn that title.
Alabama has all offseason to think about what could have been in the championship game from last season. Look for that to drive the Crimson Tide’s players this year as they try to prove they’re once again the top dog in college football.
At last check, VegasInsider.com had Alabama at 15/4 odds to win the 2017 national championship. Ohio State is next at 11/2 followed by Florida State and USC at 15/2.
Alabama opens the season vs. Florida State. That could be a playoff or even national championship preview.
Alabama has made it every year
It seems like a small reason, but it’s important. Alabama is the only team in college football to make the playoff every single year (2014 through 2016). That means the majority of the Crimson Tide’s players understand what it takes to get back there. A lot of things are working in Alabama’s favor, but the experience of making the playoff every single year may be one of its biggest advantages.