There has been a lot of talk among college football fans and media members as to why the No. 7 ranked Tennessee Volunteers were behind the No. 6 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the latest College Football Playoff ranking.
The argument seems to be that the Vols should be ahead of the Crimson Tide in the polls because of their head-to-head matchup earlier this season, which the Vols won, 52-49.
However, the main factor as to why the Vols are behind the Crimson Tide is Tennesse’s blowout loss to South Carolina in Columbia two weeks ago. While some media members and Vol fans have cried foul, CFP committee chair Boo Corrigan has made it clear that’s why the Vols are behind in the polls.
“The outlier would be the Tennessee loss to South Carolina as opposed to two close losses by Alabama,” Corrigan said. “That was a determining factor there.”
Boo Corrigan, selection committee chair of the College Football Playoff, explains why Tennessee is ranked behind Alabama. https://t.co/ZXCkfIv47i
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Some people also think that a factor is that Tennessee is without starting quarterback Hendon Hooker, who was injured in that South Carolina game.
Tennessee is basically out of the playoff discussion, which explains the disappointment of the fanbase. If either both TCU and USC lose, that may give two-loss Alabama a chance to become part of the playoff picture. That would leave a bad taste in the Vols’ mouths to know that, once again, their rival has beaten them.