Anyone that didn’t have Alabama in its preseason College Football Playoff projections likely is amending the list to cover that omission following the defending national champions’ decisive 52-6 win against USC on Saturday night.
And while CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm was not one of those that left the Crimson Tide out, he did have to move Alabama up his rankings following the Week 1 blowout. Palm’s former No. 1 overall team — the Oklahoma Sooners — lost to Houston on Saturday afternoon.
That cleared the way for Alabama to be the No. 1 team in Palm’s new rankings, which were released Sunday. That may not be surprising to most, but the team he projects to play in the first round of the CFP may raise some eye brows.
Coming off a huge win against Oklahoma, Palm projects Houston — which does not belong to a Power 5 conference — to slip into the No. 4 spot in the playoffs to challenge the Crimson Tide. Palm projects Clemson, which beat Auburn on Saturday night, and Notre Dame to be the other two teams in the playoff.
The updated rankings look good now, but something tells us this won’t be the last time that Palm has to tweak things this season.