The second College Football Playoff rankings of the 2019 season were revealed on ESPN moments ago. After Saturday’s loss to LSU, Alabama was not ranked in the top four.
The Crimson Tide fell from the No. 3 spot to No. 5. Clemson moved up from fourth to third, with Georgia occupying the No. 4 spot.
As expected, the debating has already started. Some feel the Crimson Tide didn’t deserve one of the coveted first four spots, but others feel the same way about Georgia, which has a home loss to South Carolina on its record.
Whatever you feel, Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network tweeted out a mind-blowing fact about Alabama’s place in the standings. It is just the fifth week out of 33 all-time that the Crimson Tide have not been in the top four of the CFP rankings.
This is only the 5th week (out of 33) in the history of the @CFBPlayoff rankings Alabama has not been ranked in the top four.
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) November 13, 2019
As always, it is foolish to get too worked up about the CFP rankings with three weeks of the regular season and conference championship games still left to be played. There is a lot of football ahead of us.
Right now though, you can see the battle lines being drawn. If the season plays out as expected, it will likely come down to either Alabama or a one-loss Pac-12 champ (either No. 6 Oregon or No. 7 Utah) for the final spot in the playoff.
Expect plenty of arguing over who is more deserving if this scenario occurs.