Boo Corrigan explains the ranking of Alabama versus Tennessee

Much of Tuesday night’s debate outside of the top-4 took place in between State of Ohio and Alabama. Whoever finished 5th would have the best chance of making the college football playoffs if someone in front of them makes a mistake in a conference championship game. The Buckeyes got the seat and will now wait and pray.

Other debates most likely took place in Knoxville Tennessee came in 7th, one spot behind Alabama despite a neck-and-neck win. Both teams have the same record at the end of the regular season, finishing 10-2.

CFP committee chair Boo Corrigan said he wanted Alabama over Tennessee and said the “all the work” was the final decision. While head-to-head is something they’re seeing, Corrigan and the committee didn’t feel it would be enough to get the volunteers ahead.

“There was a lot of discussion in the committee and a lot talked about. The value of going head-to-head is certainly one of the criteria we look at, but we look at the work as a whole. You look at Alabama’s two losses, including a last-second field goal loss to Tennessee … and when we went through that, that was part of the determination to have Alabama ahead of Tennessee.

When asked if things could change and the two teams tipped over, Corrigan didn’t seem interested in looking ahead.

“We’re dealing with where we are at the moment and there are a number of league games to play. We’ll take care of the league games… and move on.”

Comparing CVs from Alabama, Tennessee

Looking at the losses, two really stand out when comparing the two. In fact, Tennessee defeated Alabama at Neyland Stadium in October. Even if a field goal made the difference, the volunteers were the ones who prevailed and ended their winning streak on the third Saturday in October.

Josh Heupel’s squad was most likely beaten against him because of his away loss South Carolina on November 19th. 63 points were put past Tennessee at Williams Brice Stadium before they lost by 25 points.

The other two were both on the road, with Alabama losing in overtime LSUwhile Georgia beaten off by Tennessee in Athens.

While it’s likely that no team will make the college football playoffs, placements do matter. Whichever non-Georgia SEC team ranks highest will be the most likely to appear in the Sugar Bowl, while the lower-ranked is due for the Orange Bowl.

In Corrigan’s words, “the whole work” will be why Alabama fans will be spending New Year’s Eve in New Orleans.