The first College Football Playoff without Alabama

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For the first time in the College Football Playoff era, Alabama will not participate. It’s not official, but it might as well be. The Crimson Tide fell to Auburn Saturday night, essentially ending the Tide’s run. Auburn themselves won’t be in the playoff, but they made sure their rival wouldn’t either.

Alabama’s loss opens the door for other teams to move up in the rankings. Oklahoma, Baylor, and Utah should move ahead of the Tide after this loss, but we’ll see what the committee thinks of Alabama’s loss. Currently, LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, and Georgia sit in front of those teams, but either LSU or Georgia will have one more loss before the season ends. That means a spot opens up for a team from another conference to fill the final spot.

Clemson gets a chance to become the winningest school in the College Football Playoff without Alabama in it. The Tigers are 5-2 in the playoff, and the Tide sit at the top at 6-3. Two more wins for Clemson give them another national championship, but also the most wins. With how Trevor Lawrence and the offense are playing, Clemson’s a major threat.

Losing Tua Tagovailoa seemed to be the end of Alabama’s run at the playoff, but Mac Jones filled in admirably. The Tide scored 45 points against Auburn, but the defense allowed 48 and their kicker missed a field goal to tie it.

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