ESPN’s Bowl Projections For Alabama After Week 5

first_imgNick Saban reacting to an Alabama football game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama football continues to roll on. The Crimson Tide faced Ole Miss on Saturday, and for a bit, it seemed like the Rebels may give Nick Saban’s team trouble, like it did for a few years under Hugh Freeze.Things were close for a bit, but ultimately, this one played out like your typical Tide game against an overmatched foe. Alabama wound up scoring a 59-31 win.There are definitely some issues to address in Tuscaloosa, but as of now the Crimson Tide look locked in as a top four team in the country. This year could present more of a challenge than we’ve seen in a few years, with LSU looking the part of a real contender, and Auburn getting better every week.If Alabama gets through the regular season with an SEC West title, it will have Georgia for a third-straight year in the postseason. Alabama has won both games, but the Dawgs have had them on the ropes. Still, as of today, there’s no reason to have Alabama out of the College Football Playoff.That is exactly how ESPN analysts Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach handled things with their new bowl projections for the Worldwide Leader.Both have the Crimson Tide making the same College Football Playoff game, but with different opponents:Bonagura: Alabama vs. Ohio State — Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta, Dec. 28, 4 or 8 p.m., ESPNSchlabach: Alabama vs. Oklahoma — Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta, Dec. 28, 4 or 8 p.m., ESPNBoth have Alabama advancing to the national title game from there, and facing the opposite opponent from the match-ups above (Bonagura has Clemson as the field’s fourth team, while Schlabach has Georgia.)Honestly, from the six or seven teams squarely in Playoff contention right now, it’d be hard to find a matchup that we wouldn’t be super excited to see.[ESPN]last_img read more