Auburn defeats Alabama, jeopardizes team's chances for playoffs
The University of Alabama, who were undefeated this whole college football season, are now 11-1 after losing to Auburn 26-14 on Nov. 25, 2017.
After the devastating loss to Auburn, Alabama fell to number five; Auburn rose up to number four, according to USA Today.
"We are a one-loss team and we lost to a really good team. Ee deserve a chance to be in the playoffs," Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick told USA Today.
This single loss knocked the Crimson Tide out of the Southeastern Conference title game. The now number four-ranked Auburn Tigers, who are 10-2, will play the number six Georgia Bulldogs, who are 11-1. The winner will land a definte spot in the playoffs, according to USA Today.
Alabama says "they deserve a chance in the playoffs" due to their previous wins. Alabama opened playing against Florida State and had a huge win 24-7. Two other significant wins were agaisnt LSU, who lost to Alabama 10-24, and Mississippi State, who lost to the Crimson Tide 24-31, according to USA Today.
Alabama's head coach, Nick Saban, will have to rely on the Playoff Committee to place Alabama in the playoffs. If the Playoff Committee chooses Alabama because of their significant wins, this will be Saban's fifth national titile shot in 11 years at Alabama. Alabama is the only one to make the playoffs every season since the playoffs began in 2014.
"I think this team deserves the opportunity to get into the playoff by what they have been able to accomplish and what they have been able to do. We have won 11 games, and not many teams have been able to do that. I really don't know what all the scenarios might be where we would have an opportunity to (make the playoff). I certainly would like to see this team get the opportunity to do it," Saban told USA Today.