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ESPN analyst unveils his pick if Alabama and Texas played on neutral field

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Alabama has one blemish on its college football schedule, but it has started a debate.

The Crimson Tide suffered a 10-point loss to Texas at home. Alabama is not the same team it was then; however, the College Football Playoff Committee favors Texas over the Tide because of the head-to-head. The Longhorns do not have the resume of Alabama, but the Committee does not see it that way. Alabama needs Texas to lose one of its three remaining matchups for a chance to get into the playoff, but an ESPN analyst feels this version of the Tide would perform better against Texas.

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Peter Burns of SEC Network says if Alabama and Texas met on a neutral field, he has the Tide as a 10-point favorite.

If both teams fail to make the playoff, a projection has them facing each other in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

A rematch between the Tide and Texas would be a great consolation prize if Alabama does not get into the CFP.

We will see what happens, but Burns offered an interesting perspective.

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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

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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