The Crimson Tide are no longer in the CFP rankings' top four. Their fate now is in the hands of others, including the selection committee.
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Alabama finds itself on the outside looking in for only the fifth time in the CFP era.
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Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer
At No. 5, Alabama is going to need some help to finish in the top four on Selection Day. The question is if a Pac-12 title will be enough to bump Oregon or Utah ahead of the SEC's second-best team on Selection Day. Alabama might finish with just one win against a ranked opponent, Auburn, and it might not be enough to change the committee's mind when other teams still have bigger, better opportunities.
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There's no question now: LSU is the class of the SEC after going to Alabama and beating the Crimson Tide.
A memorable performance in a win against Bama (and Chase Young's absence vs. Maryland) helps put the Tigers' star QB in the driver's seat for the award.
How high could Joe Burrow go? Are we concerned about Tua Tagovailoa's ankle? Who helped their draft stock most in LSU's win? Mel and Todd dive in.
Nick Saban says Alabama's focus is on this week, not what last week's loss means for the Tide's playoff chances.
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit kick off the podcast with their initial reactions to Week 11, who they think will land at No. 4 in the rankings and concern that Alabama might be out of playoff contention. Then the guys get into LSU keeping its foot on the gas in Tuscaloosa (14:48), the video of Ed Orgeron in the locker room, and the possibility of the Tigers playing all of their postseason games in Atlanta and New Orleans. Next, Herbie explains what's going on with Chase Young (22:40) and how the NCAA investigative process will unfold, why this is the most complete Ohio State team he's seen in years, and what's up with Oklahoma (33:20). Later, Herbie talks about working with Lee Corso for 24 seasons on College GameDay, what he's learned about business and life from him, and a text from Bill Belichick on his respect for Coach Corso (38:15).
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The end is usually seen only in hindsight, but the Tigers' win is a reminder that nothing lasts forever.
Here's what the Allstate Playoff Predictor has to say about the CFP chase after 11 weeks of action.
Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics
This week's Allstate Playoff Predictor CFP rankings projection (Pct top 4): 1. Ohio State (99) 2. LSU (99) 3. Clemson (98) 4. Penn State (25) 5. Alabama (4) 6. Oregon (13) 7. Minnesota (25) 8. Baylor (33) 9. Georgia (2) 10. Auburn (1)
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