Ohio State Football: Unpacking latest CFP rankings

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TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – NOVEMBER 09: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide throws a pass during the second half against the LSU Tigers in the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

The most recent CFP rankings came out on Tuesday, and there are some very interesting claims that came up. Here are the top things we learned.

Alabama is still in the CFP hunt.

Many were hoping that an Alabama loss, combined with what will be a terrible schedule this year would doom the Crimson Tide. Having never missed the playoff, a year where they won’t win the SEC and can have a max one win against a ranked opponent if they beat the Auburn Tigers. It seemed like as good a time as any to disqualify them.

But, the CFP committee isn’t giving up on the Tide that easily.

They come in at #5 in the new College Football Playoff rankings with a win against an impressive team. By putting Alabama #5, the committee has opened the door for who should be number #4 when the season ends.

The debate will reign if LSU, Ohio State and Clemson win out (not exactly far-fetched) and the Playoff Committee is comparing one loss teams Alabama, Oregon / Utah and Oklahoma.

If any of these teams have 2 losses by the end of the year I think they are out. I would also jump a one Baylor team into the out category because of a weak strength of schedule and the committee showing they are continually unimpressed.

Does a conference championship trump Alabama? What about when comparing mutual teams played in Auburn (Alabama hypothetically winning to Oregon losing)?

The Tide would have some case for being in the playoff, even if strength of schedule would be held against them.

For those of you hoping that Alabama losing would finally doom them to be on the outside looking in, you better hope the Auburn Tigers make sure the Crimson Tide are left out.

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