The penultimate College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled Tuesday night and, as expected, No. 5 Alabama (11-1) is on the outside looking in.
Depending on what happens this weekend, however, the committee could change that.
“I don’t want to just throw Alabama away here,” SEC on CBS analyst Gary Danielson said on The DA Show. “I think Alabama, top to bottom, had the best season in all of college football. They showed up the most times. They played the most consistent football. And the mantra that every game should count – I still think they’re not getting enough credit for that initial Florida State game when Florida State really was Florida State. But now they’re in a tough spot because they’re going to be the second team from the SEC – and I think that’s going to be distasteful for this committee to do.”
The committee has Clemson (11-1), Auburn (10-2), Oklahoma (11-1), and Wisconsin (12-0) ranked first through fourth, respectively, ahead of championship weekend.
Clemson will face No. 7 Miami (10-1) in the ACC Championship, Auburn will face No. 6 Georgia (11-1) in the SEC Championship, Oklahoma will face No. 11 TCU (10-2) in the Big 12 Championship, and Wisconsin will face No. 8 Ohio State (10-2) in the Big Ten Championship.
“Both the ACC winner and the SEC winner are in,” Danielson said. “They will represent their conference and get into the playoffs. I also believe that even though the committee doesn’t believe that Wisconsin is one of the four best teams – they’ve showed that all year – (and Wisconsin does) have an easier path than other teams to get the opportunity to play in the playoff, they’re going to reward them for not only winning the Big Ten, but being undefeated. And obviously Oklahoma, with their quality win and being able to win the Big 12 and the way they’ve played this year, if they win, they’re in. So if the chalk holds, (the SEC winner, the ACC winner) and then Oklahoma and Wisconsin will be in.”