Paul Finebaum explains why Ohio state should be higher than Alabama in the playoff rankings

Alabama’s playoff hopes are alive despite two losses, and the Crimson Tide could be ahead of Ohio State in Tuesday’s penultimate College Football Playoff ranking. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum says it would do a disservice to the Buckeyes, whose only loss this season came in Michigan over the weekend.

Alabama came before Tennessee in this week’s AP Top 25 despite a head-to-head defeat in a street fight with the Volunteers. The Crimson Tide is viewed more favorably by the media and the selection committee, which has sparked much debate in the college football world.

“Obviously Alabama has a better schedule, but I can’t field anyone because they have good losses,” Finebaum told ESPN on Tuesday. Tennessee? Tennessee beat Alabama and defeated LSU. Remember, Alabama lost to LSU three weeks after losing to Tennessee. And the one thing Alabama needed to do that I think the committee should consider was they didn’t need to play Georgia. which I think would have been another loss.

“I would definitely go for Ohio State. I don’t like that. I think they completely collapsed in the fourth quarter and it was embarrassing but they clearly have the advantage over Alabama.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban Rare must champion his Crimson Tide to reach the college football playoffs, but that could be the way to go after several chain reaction events during rivalry weekend. Michigan’s stunning win over Ohio State and South Carolina’s upset win at Clemson were two necessary results for Alabama to have any chance of making the last four ahead of the Crimson Tide’s win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl. The same goes for LSU’s loss to Texas A&M.

“Winning 10 games, going through a rough patch when Bryce (Young) was injured, now he’s back to health which makes us a different kind of team I think.” said Saban via BamaOnLine. “It’s great for our players to win the Iron Bowl. It’s great that they won 10 games.”

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No team with two losses has appeared in the playoffs before, and Alabama will likely need another loss to TCU or USC to make the top four. If the Crimson Tide don’t make the playoffs, You will play in a New Year’s Six Bowl as a top 10 finisher.