Alabama has a bunch at stake against Auburn next Saturday.
Of course, the SEC West will be decided at Jordan-Hare Stadium. But is the Crimson Tide’s College Football Playoff potential also in the balance, even with Alabama entering the Iron Bowl with an 11-0 record?
To USA Today’s Dan Wolken, that’s the case.
The analyst used Twitter to drop the opinion on Sunday morning, writing “the good wins just aren’t there” for the Crimson Tide if they lose to Auburn. Also, he added that the “committee can’t set that precedent” of allowing Alabama into the College Football Playoff with the resume it would own with an 11-1 record this season.
Also, if Bama loses to Auburn there’s going to be a lot of push to get them in at 11-1. But the good wins just aren’t there. Committee can’t set that precedent.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 19, 2017
It’s a thought-provoking take, and Wolken has a point.
It’s certainly debatable how strong Alabama’s victories have been this fall. That’s no fault of the Crimson Tide, certainly. But Florida State turned out not to be as strong as some believed at the time of a much-hyped season opener. (The Seminoles are 4-6.) Victories against LSU and Mississippi State are Alabama’s other wins of note, but those opponents weren’t top-10 competition by any means.
We’ll see how everything comes into focus. But Alabama can silence the debate by beating Auburn next Saturday.