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The Alabama finds itself in a very unfamiliar position after the 26-14 Iron Bowl defeat at the hands of Auburn on Saturday: on the outside looking in.
With the loss, Alabama dropped out of the top four in the College Football Playoff rankings for the first time all year.
Apart from the loss, things went pretty well for Alabama this week externally. Both LSU and Mississippi State, Bama’s two best wins of the year, remained in the top 25. Fresno State also gives Alabama another win over a ranked team after moving to No. 25 this week.
The worst part about the whole situation is that as the Tide sit at home watching the SEC Championship game for the first time since 2013, they’ll be forced to root for their most hated rival. Auburn has moved all the way up to the No. 2 spot after beating both Georgia and Alabama in recent weeks.
The loss to Auburn is respectable and a Tigers win over the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday would further strengthen Alabama’s case to sneak back into the playoffs.
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