Alabama Faces Texas Showdown in CFP Rankings: In the third straight week, Alabama found itself trailing Texas in the College Football Playoff top 25 rankings. The Crimson Tide held the eighth spot, while the Longhorns secured the seventh, echoing the trend of previous rankings.
The logic is clear: Texas triumphed over Alabama in Week 2 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. However, since that encounter, Alabama regrouped, staying undefeated through SEC play, while Texas stumbled against Oklahoma.
Upon revealing the rankings on Tuesday, CFP selection committee chair Boo Corrigan addressed how the committee considered the head-to-head matchup as Alabama continued to elevate its game.
“Two really good teams,” noted Corrigan. “Alabama has shown improvement, and Jalen Milroe has progressed each week. The importance of the head-to-head is acknowledged, just like conference championships. However, the debate in the room remains robust as we gather more information.”
Corrigan highlighted a crucial return for Texas at quarterback. Despite Alabama’s strides, that September game remains a factor.
“The teams are different,” Corrigan emphasized. “Texas now has Quinn Ewers back after a brief absence. We’ll continue to assess, but head-to-head significance remains.”
The committee may see resolution before it becomes a major issue. Alabama concludes the regular season with a home game against Chattanooga, followed by the Iron Bowl against Auburn and an SEC championship clash with the newly top-ranked Georgia.
Texas, facing Iowa State and Texas Tech, can secure a spot in the Big 12 championship game by defeating the Cyclones on Saturday.
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How many CFP appearances does Alabama have?
The College Football Playoff Championship trophy is the prize for the winner of the College Football Playoff National Championship. ESPN has been the television partner for the event since 2014. Alabama holds the record for the most playoff appearances with 7, as well as the most playoff wins with 9.
Has Alabama ever missed the CFP?
Alabama has been to the College Football Playoffs a record-breaking eight times since its inception in 2014. No other team has made more appearances. They have only missed the playoffs twice in that time.
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The 2023-24 College Football Playoff features Michigan, Washington, Texas, and Alabama. The semifinal matchups, happening on New Year’s Day, are set as follows: No. 1 Michigan will face off against No. 4 Alabama in the Rose Bowl.