Alabama jumped from fifth to first in this week's college football rankings after beating number one ranked Mississippi State 25-20 in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.
Blake Sims completed 19 of 31 passes for 211 yards on the day. T.J. Yeldon rushed for 72 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown, while Amari Cooper caught eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown reception.
NCAA football playoff committee chairman Jeff Long says the Crimson Tide controlled the game against an undefeated Mississippi State.
Long called Alabama’s victory a “decisive win over number one, Mississippi State.”
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Alabama led the Bulldogs by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game before a late touchdown with 15 seconds left brought Mississippi State within five points. After the loss, the Bulldogs dropped all the way to fourth place, but stay alive in the playoff bracket.
For now, the playoff bracket has Alabama at number one, Oregon at two, undefeated Florida State at three, and Mississippi State at four.
The playoff picture gets very blurry after that. TCU barely survived a game against unranked Kansas, ultimately winning 34-30, which took them out of the top four and put them into fifth place. Ohio State moved up two spots into sixth after a 31-24 win against Minnesota, who is ranked number 25. Ranked seventh is Baylor, who already beat TCU earlier this month.
Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State all play against unranked West Carolina, Colorado, Boston College and Vanderbilt, respectively. TCU plays Texas in a Thanksgiving showdown Thursday night; Ohio State plays unranked Indiana and Baylor plays unranked Oklahoma State.
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The playoff committee will release the final rankings Dec. 7, which is a day after most of the Conference Championships will have been played.
Source: ESPN / Photo Credit: Associated Press