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What ugly win over Texas means to Alabama’s College Football Playoff chances

The Crimson Tide are still perfectly fine to win it all.

Quinn Ewers of the Texas Longhorns throws a pass under pressure by Henry To’oTo’o of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Will Anderson Jr. in the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 10, 2022 in Austin, Texas. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

Alabama pulled it out against Texas in a game that was too close for comfort, especially after heading into today’s matchup as 21-point favorites. After going down by two points with just over 90 seconds left, 2021 Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young led a quick drive down the field to put the Crimson Tide in field goal range. They’ll leave Austin at a precarious 2-0, and those Texas Is Back chants are sounding a lot more legitimate, despite starting QB Quinn Ewers’ early departure.

A loss here wouldn’t have been the end of the road to the College Football Playoff for Alabama. The committee much prefers early season losses when choosing between one-loss teams, but this Tide team’s schedule ahead is anything but easy. They should be able to coast through September, but there are matchups against four currently ranked teams later in the regular season.

And not to mention the Bulldogs — this year’s Georgia team looks a lot like last year’s Georgia team that was able to take care of the Crimson Tide in the 2021 national championship game. Alabama has only missed one CFP selection of eight playoffs in the current era, which occurred after the 2019 season.