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 third 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 (10-0, 7-0 SEC) remained in the No. 1 spot in Week 3 of the College Football Playoff rankings that were released Tuesday. Alabama football has held the top spot in each of the three weeks the rankings have been released. Alabama is coming off a dominating 51-3 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.
What it means for Alabama football
After destroying Mississippi State on Saturday, Alabama’s path to the playoff is clear. The Crimson Tide need to win the Chattanooga game on Saturday and not suffer any injuries.
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.
With Auburn losing to Georgia last week, Alabama clinched the SEC West. That means that no matter what happens in the Iron Bowl, Alabama is going to the SEC Championship Game.
Alabama hosts Chattanooga on Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium for its Iron Bowl tune-up. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Alabama has won all 12 meetings against Chattanooga.