2. How much will the committee worry about Alabama?
It’s not going to matter too much in the next-to-last rankings, but the Alabama question will loom large in the final go-round.
Timing is going to mean everything here when it comes to whether or not the committee wants to give the Tide a New Year’s Six bowl slot.
The committee has to take into consideration everything when it ranks teams. If Jalen Hurts were to get injured against Baylor, that would be a part of the discussion. If a slew of players on a team were about to be suspended, that would be factored into the equation.
And if a team were to lose around ten starters who are going to skip a suddenly meaningless bowl game to rest up and get ready for the NFL Draft, that matters.
So what will the committee do about Bama?
It’s not likely going to drop the Tide too much further than nine, and if it does fall lower than that, it’ll still be ahead of Penn State.
However, the committee is looking to create the best bowl matchups possible, and if the Tide are without receivers Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and DeVonta Smith, CBs Trevon Diggs and Xavier McKinney, OTs Jedrick Wills Alex Leatherwood, RB Najee Harris, DT Raekwon Davis, and LB/DE Terrell Lewis – not to mention Tua Tagovailoa, and others who might be gone – all of a sudden, Bama doesn’t seem so desirable for a spotlight bowl game.