Where Alabama Football is expected to play after the Iron Bowl win

Now Alabama football has to play the waiting game.

A team that has been in the SEC championship game more times than ever during Nick Saban’s time in Tuscaloosa has to watch this year. Georgia and LSU face off Saturday after the Tigers won SEC West a few weeks ago.

Alabama will be playing in a bowl game, and one of the New Year’s Six is ​​all but certain at this point. The college football playoffs remain a bit of a pipe dream, but it’s not entirely out of the question. Still, it would take a lot for the Crimson Tide (10-2, 6-2 SEC) to make it back into the four-team CFP field.

The ranking published on Tuesday will still be interesting and noteworthy. If Ohio State ranks ahead of the Crimson Tide by a loss, it doesn’t bode well for Alabama. When the Crimson Tide ranks ahead of the Buckeyes, that opens the door a little wider.

The other ranking to watch is where Alabama sits in relation to LSU and Tennessee. Both the Tigers and Vols beat Alabama in the regular season, but both teams have suffered heavy losses since then. A week ago, this resulted in the CFP committee dropping Tennessee at No. 10 behind Alabama at No. 7.

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LSU finished fifth but will likely fall after a 38-23 loss to Texas A&M.

The CFP ranking for SEC teams is notable as the top-ranked SEC team not in the playoffs goes to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

If Alabama ranks ahead of both, the bowl game is clear: Sugar Bowl. If the Crimson Tide doesn’t rank ahead of both, then things get a little uncertain.

So let’s take a look at where Alabama is headed in the latest bowl projections.

ESPN: Sugar Bowl vs. Kansas State

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ESPN reporters Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach let the Crimson Tide move to New Orleans and face the Wildcats.

USA TODAY SPORTS: Sugar Bowl vs. Kansas State

Erick Smith also predicts that the Crimson Tide will be in New Orleans.

CBS: Sugar Bowl vs. Kansas State

Jerry Palm also led Alabama to the Sugar Bowl.

247Sports: Sugar Bowl vs. Kansas State

Brad Crawford joins the group with the Sugar Bowl. It’s the most likely target at this point, but Tuesday’s rankings and what happens over the conference game weekend could see a change.

This article originally appeared in Tuscaloosa News: Alabama Football Bowl Projections: Where Could Nick Saban’s Team Play?