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Kirk Herbstreit’s Surprising Playoff Take On Alabama

Kirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDay

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN's College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

As of right now, the College Football Playoff committee hasn't had to deal with much chaos, but that could all change in an instant. Even with Alabama's dominance throughout the season, Kirk Herbstreit thinks one loss from the defending champions could affect the entire playoff picture.

The Crimson Tide will face Auburn and Georgia in consecutive weeks, and both opponents could possibly pull off the upset. With Clemson and Notre Dame currently owning undefeated records like Alabama, the committee would have a difficult choice to make.

Well, at least Herbstreit won't hold back the truth from Alabama in the event of an upset. If they lose to Georgia in the SEC Championship, he believes they'll miss the playoff.

During Tuesday evening's episode of SportsCenter, ahead of the College Football Playoff rankings reveal show, Herbstreit discussed the impact of a hypothetical Alabama loss.

His comments, via 247Sports:

"I need an hour here to (discuss) the scenarios and all the games,” Herbstreit said on SportsCenterbefore Tuesday's rankings. “Let’s say Clemson wins and Notre Dame wins out, it could come down to a debate between more than likely Michigan and Alabama. The committee would have o take into consideration where Alabama has been all year, to be candid.

"I think there’s too many good teams right now hovering around that Top 4. I think it would very hard if Michigan, Clemson and Notre Dame were to win and Georgia were to beat Alabama, I wish I could make a case, but I think Alabama would be left out.”

Of course, this nightmare scenario would be avoided if the Crimson Tide remain perfect on the season.

Fortunately for Nick Saban and his crew, this hypothetical question probably won't have to be answered. With the Iron Bowl occurring this Saturday, Alabama will have another opportunity to flex its muscles.