Alabama 5th in CFP committee rankings after loss to LSU

Clyde Edwards Helaire torches Alabama seals game with stunning run	
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After one of the more hectic weeks in college football, where Alabama went down to LSU at home and Penn State lost to Minnesota, the top-four from last week got quite the shakeup.

That's fair. Alabama's biggest win is, like Clemson's, actually, Texas A&M - 6-3, unranked Texas A&M. But, to me, they shouldn't do the playoff rankings until [the end]. Alabama can then be promoted into the quartet that will play for the "championship". Minnesota beat Penn State. Minnesota will look to make their case as a top four team when they take on No. 23 ranked Iowa.

The Golden Gophers are now sitting on a 9-0 record, but were ranked eighth by College Football Playoff Committee and seventh in the Associated Press' Top 25 poll.

One of these things is not like the others, and in a list otherwise full of traditional college powerhouses, the Golden Gophers stand out as different. "We just saw Alabama had a tough loss against LSU, but when you compare that against Georgia's resume and the two big wins that Georgia had..." Would the board of trustees keep the Tide in the best four as one of the unequivocal best groups in the nation or would it drop them out on the grounds that a misfortune joined with no main 25 successes made it hard to legitimize the positioning?

The Clemson Tigers debuted in the initial CFB Playoff rankings on the outside-looking in when it came to the top-four. The Buckeyes on selection Sunday owned victories against the committee's sixth (Michigan), seventh (Oklahoma) and eighth (Wisconsin) ranked teams, two on the road. Number five is Alabama. Ohio State fell to No. 2.

Alabama is certainly one of the most talented teams in the country, and it would probably be favored against just about any other opponent.

Ohio State has another week before their next major test with Penn State.

On the off chance that one-misfortune Georgia prevails upon the SEC title undefeated LSU, it is sensible to expect LSU to be in the discussion for the last spot - in front of champions from the Pac-12 and Big 12. Alabama clearly is a strong team, but the committee gave the edge to Georgia. The game will be televised on ESPN at 6pm this Saturday night. After losing to LSU on Saturday, perennial favorite Alabama is ranked No. 5 in the CFP and No. 4 in the AP poll.

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