Alabama was No. 1 when the first College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday. That gave the Crimson Tide a unique distinction.
Alabama is one of six teams to be ranked every week since the playoff rankings started three years ago. Not only has the Crimson Tide appeared every time the rankings were released, they’ve remained near the top. Alabama made its debut at No. 6 in the first rankings in 2014. Since then, Nick Saban and company has been in the top five every week the rankings were released.
The SEC had six teams in the first rankings in 2014, but only Alabama has stood the test of time. LSU had brief absences from the rankings in both 2014 and last season.
Alabama is also one of only three schools to have ever held the No. 1 spot. Alabama topped the rankings six times. Alabama has topped the rankings six times, and fellow SEC school Mississippi State is one of the other schools to have been in the No. 1 spot. Clemson is the third school to earn the No. 1 spot during the three years span.
Only 5 schools have been ranked every week in all 14 @CFBPlayoff rankings last 3 years: Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 2, 2016
Tonight is 14th all-time @CFBPlayoff ranking. Only 3 teams have been No. 1: Clemson 6 weeks, Alabama 5 (including tonight) & Miss. State 3
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 1, 2016