The Crimson Tide are down to one last chance at the No. 1 seed in this year’s College Football Playoff.
Ranked No. 2 for the fourth consecutive week on Tuesday night, Alabama (11-1) will likely need a blowout win in Saturday’s SEC championship game to move past No. 1 Clemson (12-0) on the final list.
The difference between No. 1 and No. 2 is the difference between playing No. 4 Iowa or No. 3 Oklahoma, respectively, on New Year’s Eve. Most teams would likely rather play the Hawkeyes, who have capitalized on an underwhelming schedule to surprise the nation with an undefeated record.
Whoever faces the Sooners will be in trouble. Oklahoma has won seven straight games, including three straight against Big 12 giants Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State.
Fellow SEC schools Ole Miss (No. 13), Florida (No. 18), LSU (No. 21) and Tennessee (No. 25) joined the Tide in the Top 25 on Tuesday.
Here were the full rankings:
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Florida State
- North Carolina
- Ole Miss
- Oklahoma State
- Southern California