How Ohio State Can Jump Alabama To Get Into College Football Playoffs

Alabama down but not out in College Football Playoff race

The Top 25 will be unveiled, including the four teams projected to reach the 2017 College Football Playoff.

If Alabama joins the SEC champion in the playoff, it would mark the first time one conference puts two teams in the field. In this scenario, Dinich says the final spot would come down to the Crimson Tide and the Buckeyes.

As for Auburn, one has to think if Gus Malzahn's team win the SEC Championship, it will be higher than the No. 4 seed.

There's still championship weekend to get through before the actual Playoff field is revealed, but Tuesday night's rankings will be very important for teams that still have hopes of winning a title.

But is there a possibility that an 11-1 Alabama team would be jumped by a two-loss Ohio State if the Buckeyes beat undefeated Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship Game?

If UM loses on Saturday, then Clemson would be in the playoff, and UM nearly assuredly would be the next highest-ranked ACC team (ahead of Virginia Tech and North Carolina State) and thus OB-bound. "Entering that Auburn game, it (Alabama) was 62nd in strength of schedule".

For starters, Gary Patterson's team will need to produce a convincing win over No. 3 Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on Saturday.

Although the Buckeyes enter the Big Ten Championship as a more tested contender than Wisconsin with victories over two Top 15 teams, they aren't a lock to take home hardware from Indianapolis given how well the Badgers have played.

Now that's a Nick Saban press conference we'd like to see.

Ohio State's situation might be the most complex since it could sit behind Alabama, Georgia and Miami (FL) in the playoff rankings. Add to that, people forget they (Ohio State) beat a ranked Penn State team, a ranked Michigan State team. Its detractors would use its two losses against it and throw Alabama into the mix as a more deserving team. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Miami also last week, but both should stay ahead of the Buckeyes.

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