Russo: Committee "Tends To Genuflect To Alabama"

Annoyed that Alabama only fell to fifth? Ralph Russo is surprised the Tide fell past No. 4

Taz and the Moose
November 13, 2019 - 9:53 am
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The College Football Playoff committee unveiled its second set of rankings Tuesday, with LSU (9-0), Ohio State (9-0), Clemson (10-0) and Georgia (8-1) comprising the top four. Alabama (8-1), meanwhile, fell from No. 3 to No. 5 after losing to LSU in Tuscaloosa.

“I was actually surprised that they dipped all the way down to 5,” AP college football writer Ralph Russo said on Taz & The Moose. “I kind of thought the committee was going to put them at 4 because the committee tends to genuflect to Alabama. I was a little surprised to see Georgia there.”

Alabama, which hasn’t beaten a ranked team, remained ahead of No. 6 Oregon (8-1), No. 7 Utah (8-1), No. 8 Minnesota (9-0) and No. 13 Baylor (9-0), among others.

“There’s no doubt Alabama is really good,” Russo said. “I was at that game on Saturday. You could easily make the case that they’re one of the four best teams in the country, but they haven’t necessarily proven it elsewhere. I think putting them at 5 defers to the idea, listen, talent-wise, this is one of the four best teams in the country but they haven’t accomplished a lot.”

Still, with three SEC teams in the top five, it’s possible, if not likely, that two SEC teams make the playoff for the second time in three years.

“It still keeps this two-SEC team thing very much alive,” Russo said. “If Georgia wins out and LSU’s only loss is in the SEC Championship Game, I think you’re going to end up with two SEC teams again.”

Oregon and Utah, however, might have something to say about that.

“I think Oregon, and even Utah right behind them, are sitting pretty good,” Russo said. “You don’t need a ton of chaos around them. If those two teams can keep winning, set up a big Pac-12 Championship game with a couple of 11-1 teams, I think they’re in pretty good shape. If a couple of things happen ahead of them, they grab that fourth spot.”

Click below to listen to Russo’s interview in its entirety.