LSU beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa this past weekend, vaulting to No. 1 in all polls in the process. But at least one famous LSU alum isn’t looking forward to a potential rematch in the College Football Playoff.
On Wednesday’s edition of Get Up!, ESPN analyst and former LSU player Ryan Clark gave his thoughts on the recent College Football Playoff rankings. He was immediately leery of Alabama only dropping to No. 5 – right behind SEC East leader Georgia – even though they are in all likelihood out of SEC title contention.
Clark accused the CFP selection committee of trying to keep the door open for Alabama to get into the tournament if either LSU or Georgia lose the SEC Championship Game.
He concluded that although he doesn’t like Alabama being in that position, they’ve proven that they can get the job done if given a chance. Clark added that for that reason, he doesn’t want to see his beloved LSU Tigers face Alabama again.
“Every time you put them in there, when people don’t think they’re supposed to be there, they stinkin’ win it! I don’t want (LSU) to play them again. We did what we had to do. We went to Tuscaloosa and we won it. Let us live. Let us have our shine. Geaux Tigers.”
Here’s the video of Clark’s reaction:
Alabama made it into the 2017 College Football Playoff despite being an 11-1 regular season team with no conference title game appearance. They went on to beat Clemson and Georgia en route to their fifth national title of Nick Saban’s tenure.
The fact that Alabama was ranked ahead of Pac-12 leader Oregon and Big 12 leaders Oklahoma and Baylor also seems to show that the committee is leaning heavily towards adding a second SEC team regardless of how many one-loss conference champions are out there.