According to ESPN college football analyst Booger McFarland, Alabama will have to win out or else the Crimson Tide will not make the 2017 College Football Playoff.
Speaking after the first playoff rankings were released and Nick Saban’s squad came in No. 2, McFarland was adamant that even one loss would keep the Tide from a chance at a national title.
“They can’t lose to Georgia,” McFarland said, adding that losing in the SEC Championship Game would be detrimental to Alabama’s chances even with help from others.
While Alabama has plenty of time to raise its strength of schedule starting with LSU this weekend and the finale against Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium, the Crimson Tide’s wins so far this season have not been against impressive tams, including the opener against a Florida State squad that now sits at 2-5.