The College Football Playoff bracket has been set. Georgia holds the number one seed, Michigan two, TCU three, and Ohio State four.

The first two out are Alabama and Tennessee.

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Alabama entered last week's college football regular season finale with its playoff hopes all but evaporated. A two-loss team has never made the College Football Playoff since its inception, and that will continue to be the case.

Alabama needed Clemson, TCU, USC and LSU to lose at least one of their last two, and Ohio State to lose "The Game." On top of all those balls bouncing just right, they needed to win the Iron Bowl in convincing fashion.

That's exactly what happened, but Alabama was still clinging to hopes and dreams. The only thing that could have saved Alabama's season was a time machine taking it back to its games against Tennessee and LSU.

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was making the case for his team throughout the day after the TCU loss. His argument was simple: would any of the teams put in instead of Alabama be favored in a head to head matchup with the Tide?

Clearly, the committee thought they would be.

Alabama will know what bowl game it plays in by the end of the day. Whether star players like Bryce Young and Will Anderson, Jr. will play in that game remains to be seen.

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