The Alabama Crimson Tide have officially fallen outside of the Top 5 in the latest AP rankings following their loss to the Tennessee Volunteers.
The Alabama Crimson Tide had close calls against the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies this season, but were able to hold on. It was only a matter of time before Alabama was handed their first loss of the season, and it happened in Week 7.
On Saturday, Alabama had an epic battle against the No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers, and were seemingly heading to overtime. However, two huge passes by Hendon Hooker with just 15 seconds remaining allowed Chase McGrath to kick the 40-yard field goal and pick up the 52-49 victory for Tennessee at the buzzer.
With the Saturday slate of games finished, the college football world waited for the new AP Top 25 rankings for Week 8. The Crimson Tide did fall, going from the No. 3 spot to No. 6. They switched spots with the Volunteers, who moved up to third-overall.
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Alabama’s fall in the rankings carries huge significance. As Brett McMurphy points out in the tweet above, this is the first time that the Crimson Tide were not rated inside the Top 5 since 2019.
Even though Alabama did drop three spots, they were not the biggest fallers among previously undefeated teams entering Week 7. The USC Trojans dropped five spots from No. 7 to No. 12 after their 43-42 loss to the Utah Utes. The Penn State Nittany Lions fell a total of six spots following their 41-17 loss to the Michigan Wolverines.
Alabama will look to get back in the win column in Week 8 when they play Mississippi State. They need to win out, and hope that the five teams ranked ahead of them lose in order to have a shot at the College Football Playoff.