On Tuesday night, the second College Football Playoff rankings of the 2019 season were released.
After an active weekend of college football action, there was plenty of turnover within the rankings. Two top-four teams dropped from the rankings after losing their first games of the season.
Penn State fell for the first time at Minnesota, which jumped from No. 17 to No. 8 in this week’s rankings. Meanwhile, Alabama suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of the LSU Tigers, who hold the top spot in the rankings.
With the loss, the Crimson Tide fell outside the top four – to No. 5. It’s a unique position for Nick Saban and company, who need some help to make the playoff this year.
After the rankings came out, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit broke down what Alabama’s No. 5 rankings means for the Tide, via 247Sports.
“Tua still threw for over 400 yards. He doesn’t play defense. Joe Burrow is still going through that Alabama defense. It was not a game that helped Alabama, though the score was maybe closer than people thought. There’s not a long way for Alabama to go, maybe that game at Jordan-Hare (will get them) a quality win, but there’s not much farther they can go.”
Herbstreit thinks the Tide need a little extra help to get back into the playoff discussion after losing to LSU last weekend.
There’s plenty of time left for chaos to occur.