Kirk Herbstreit explains how Alabama can still make the Playoff

Alabama down but not out in College Football Playoff race

The Badgers defeated the Golden Gophers 31-0.

Alabama (11-1) fell from No. 1 to fifth after losing to Auburn, and Georgia (11-1) was sixth.

"It is a heck of a challenge playing against a really good Ohio State football team and what we're playing for is the Big Ten championship". The Sooners have wins over No. 8 Ohio State, No. 11 TCU and No. 19 Oklahoma State, but the committee has been reluctant to show the Sooners - and their mediocre defense - total respect, clearly preferring Clemson ... and now a two-loss Auburn. No. 3 Oklahoma will need to prevail over No. 11 TCU in the return of the Big 12 title game to get in, while No. 4 Wisconsin will face off with No. 8 Ohio State in the Big Ten title game as the Buckeyes hope to do enough to potentially sneak into the field. Auburn (10-2) is number two and Oklahoma (11-1) is third. Oklahoma plays No. 11 TCU in Arlington, Texas, in the Big 12 title game. While a few things would have to fall just right, the latest Playoff Top 25 seems to indicate that there is still a possibility of two SEC teams making the final four this year.

Trojans have won 38 Pac-12 titles, by far the most in the conference, but none since 2008 before the league expanded from 10 to 12 teams.

Oklahoma and Wisconsin control their own playoff destiny, but the same can't be said for their conference championship opponents.

Second, there's the matter of the comparable weakness of the wins Alabama does have.

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Can Clemson lose to Miami and get in? That could give the Tigers a trump card on Alabama, which just lost to Auburn.

One of those teams is not like the others in a potentially significant way. Clemson appears to be a lock to stay No. 1 if it beats Miami in the ACC championship game. The Tigers might have some cushion.

"If all goes as planned with Clemson and Oklahoma winning, you take the victor of the SEC over Alabama and then if Wisconsin wins you have to take a conference champion".

Hate is a strong word.

The Playoff was instituted in 2014 and has yet to feature two teams from the same conference in a single Playoff. The Sooners and Buckeyes would both be 11-2 with a loss to a top-10 team and a loss to a 7-5 team.

"If you're Wisconsin, you've got everything you want right now". It helps that the committee has respected Clemson as much as they have this season, even during times when it felt as though the committee overvalued Clemson compared to other playoff contenders. Alabama and Miami were atop the rankings last week, but the Crimson Tide lost the Iron Bowl to Auburn and the Hurricanes dropped a meaningless trap game at Pittsburgh. UCF is the highest scoring team in the country, but Hocutt said overall strength of schedule and some defensive shortcomings were holding back UCF.

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