Its last set of rankings will follow on Sunday, with the top four teams at that point reaching the playoff. In this scenario, Dinich says the final spot would come down to the Crimson Tide and the Buckeyes.
Saturday's conference championship games, at least three of which will match teams ranked in the CFP top 10, will be pivotal.
As the College Football Playoffs draw ever closer, there might not be a team in the nation playing better than the Oklahoma Sooners.
If UM loses on Saturday, then Clemson would be in the playoff, and UM nearly assuredly would be the next highest-ranked ACC team (ahead of Virginia Tech and North Carolina State) and thus OB-bound.
But is there a possibility that an 11-1 Alabama team would be jumped by a two-loss Ohio State if the Buckeyes beat undefeated Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship Game? "Entering that Auburn game, it (Alabama) was 62nd in strength of schedule".
However, the more realistic championship opponent for Dabo Swinney and Co.is the other SEC West team that resides in Alabama, the one that controls its playoff fate.
Auburn has a resume that few in the country can match, and it has talent that is hard to stop on offense with Jarrett Stidham and Kerryon Johnson leading the charge.
On one hand, there would be 11-2 Ohio State, fresh off a Big Ten championship. Those in favor of Ohio State would claim its conference championship and three wins over ranked opponents.
If the scenario arises that the Buckeyes win the Big Ten, there's an argument for and against Urban Meyer's team.
Alabama, which replaced Georgia as the selection committee's No. 1-ranked team two weeks ago, will surrender the top spot in the aftermath of a loss at Auburn. A loss, two losses, also losing to Oklahoma.
If Ohio State beats Wisconsin and Georgia beats Auburn, the highest-ranked non-playoff team from those conference would probably be one-loss Alabama or one-loss Wisconsin instead of three-loss Auburn or two-loss Penn State.