Take Two: Will Alabama back its way into the CFB Playoff?

Kirk Herbstreit explains how Alabama can still make the Playoff

But with the Tigers No. 1 in the CFP rankings there is at least a chance they could be in the top four even with a loss to the Hurricanes.

Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after his team scores a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Crimson Tide is coming off a 26-14 loss at Auburn on Saturday. The Crimson Tide, which has been in all three previous College Football Playoff final fours, needs help to make it four in a row. Auburn checked in at No. 2 following the win over Alabama. A win by TCU may not have a similar outcome, however, and the Horned Frogs may be lined up for a spot in the Fiesta Bowl as the Big 12 champion to take on the Pac-12 champion. Clemson faces Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship; Auburn and Georgia play for the Southeastern Conference title; Wisconsin (12-0) faces Ohio State for the Big Ten title; and Oklahoma faces No. 11 TCU (10-2) for the Big 12 title.

Both Clemson or Miami would make the final four as a one-loss ACC champ. They were able to go to the top after previously number one Alabama lost to Auburn over the weekend.

Alabama fans will be rooting hard for Ohio State to win the Big Ten championship this season because it is one of two ways Alabama can reach the playoff this season. Alabama is the only team in that group not playing in its conference championship game.

A loss to the Buckeyes likely would result in UW being left out of the playoff, but the Badgers still would be in the running for a marquee bowl game. The No. 7 Hurricanes will play defending champion Clemson in the ACC title game, and the victor of that one will be part of the four-team field. But UCF, the only other unbeaten team in FBS other than Wisconsin, moved up just one spot to No. 14 after beating USF (10-2) last week in a dramatic and thrilling game. A list of Ohio State's radio affiliates can be found here. Let's look at the Tide's likely positions and what each will mean. 1 team in a span of three weeks as well as the conference championship.

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With the top two teams of last week having lost - Alabama at Auburn, and Miami at Pittsburgh - Clemson figures to rise from No. 3 to No. 1.

The ACC and SEC are the only two games that appear to guarantee the champion will be going to the playoff regardless of the outcome.

Georgia gets a rematch with No. 2 Auburn in the SEC Championship Game. An 11-2 Pac-12 champion USC? Should the eighth-ranked Buckeyes win, they could provide their own compelling argument for a spot in the semifinals.

The Big Ten serves up the most interesting situation because of the team involved.

Notre Dame fell from No. 8 to No. 15 after losing at Stanford last weekend.

If Oklahoma wins, it's in.

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