TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama is the only team to make the College Football Playoff in the first two years of its existence. The Crimson Tide are in the driver’s seat to make it three consecutive appearances this year.
The College Football Playoff selection committee released its second set of rankings Tuesday night. At the end of the season, the four top-ranked teams in the CFP rankings complete the playoff field with the top seed meeting the No. 4 team and Nos. 2 and 3 squaring off against each other. The semifinals will be held Dec. 31 in the Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl and the championship game is Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium.
Where Alabama is ranked
As expected, Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC) remained in the No. 1 spot in Week 2 of the College Football Playoff rankings that were released Tuesday. Alabama started in the top spot last week and solidified its hold there with a 10-0 win against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., last Saturday. Clemson is ranked No. 2, followed by Michigan at No. 3 and Washington is fourth.
What it means for Alabama football
After knocking off LSU, Alabama’s path to the playoff is more clear. The Crimson Tide are home for the rest of the regular season with Mississippi State this week, and Chattanooga in two weeks. Both of those games should be relatively easy wins.
The Iron Bowl will be Alabama’s last regular-season test Nov. 26. Win that game and Alabama is back in the SEC Championship Game. With a win in Atlanta for the title game, Alabama should lock up the top seed in the playoff.
Alabama hosts Mississippi State on Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon ET on ESPN.
Alabama has won the last eight meetings vs. Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide enter the game as huge favorites.