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Can Alabama’s latest move in the CFP rankings set up chaos for rivalry week?

Alabama flags waving at Bryant-Denny Stadium
Marvin Gentry - USA Today Sports

The chances are slim, but Alabama football fans remain hopeful for the College Football Playoff.

More belief has been added via the new CFP rankings.

Alabama advanced to No. 7 on Tuesday ahead of its rivalry matchup against Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Six schools are ahead of the Tide in the rankings, but Alabama needs three (maybe four) programs to lose to possibly slide into the No. 4 spot. We have seen crazier things happen in college football, including a two-loss Louisiana State University team in 2007 that won a BCS National Championship. Alabama’s strength of schedule is one of the best in the nation, despite having two losses. Four of its regular season opponents — Tennessee, Ole Miss, LSU, and Texas — are in the CFP Top 25 rankings. The Crimson Tide has to dominate Auburn at Bryant-Denny Stadium, but it needs LSU, USC, and TCU to lose this weekend. Ohio State and Michigan will cancel each other out in their rivalry matchup. LSU has a tough contest against Texas A&M, USC has to tango with UCLA, and TCU — who nearly fell to Baylor — has a date with Iowa State. Alabama would be back in position for the playoff if the chaos happens.

RELATED: Alabama continues its prep for Iron Bowl matchup against Auburn

This year’s team has not played worthy of a CFP opportunity, but Alabama could be the most dangerous opponent if it gets in.

Thanksgiving food is on the menu; however, Tide fans are looking forward to seeing chaos happen on rivalry week.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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