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Kirk Herbstreit On Alabama's Playoff Chances After Rankings Reveal

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

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)

Earlier Tuesday night, the newest College Football Playoff rankings featured a new team in the No. 1 spot.

After debuting at No. 1 in the first playoff rankings of the year, Ohio State fell out of the top spot thanks to LSU's dominant offense. However, after the Buckeyes took down Penn State last weekend, Ohio State found itself back at No. 1.

Following the release of the rankings, ESPN's panel of college football analyst broke down what the rankings mean.

Kirk Herbstreit revealed what the new rankings means for Alabama's playoff hopes.

Hint: It's not good.

Here's what he had to say, via 247Sports:

"The thing that stood out to me is how [Playoff committee chairman] Rob Mullens will define unequivocal and what that means in that room. He said all 13 members have to basically look at each other and say, 'it's not in my analytics or efficiency numbers, but guys, they're just better.'

Two years ago, Alabama, was one of the best four and they went on to beat Georgia in the championship. It just doesn't feel like that right now. They haven't had those moments to separate themselves. I just really feel the Big 12 or Pac 12 champion will move ahead of them in this thing."

Herbie thinks Alabama will be on the outside looking in if Utah takes care of business in the Pac-12 - assuming the top three teams all win-out.

Will the Tide miss their first playoff?

Stay tuned.