As the University of Alabama football continues to be on the outside looking in on making this year's College Football Playoff (CFP) barring some upsets, one college football analyst is making the case for Alabama to leapfrog some teams ahead of the No. 8 Crimson Tide.
Burns argued Friday on SEC Network's "SEC This Morning" that if Alabama were to play Texas right now on a neutral field, the Tide would be a 10-point favorite over the Longhorns. Texas, currently ranked seventh in the latest CFP poll, beat Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium by 10 points in the second week of the season.
"[A]labama is gathering more and more respect each and every week, obviously with the way that they are playing ... what they did to Ole Miss, what they did to LSU, what they did to Tennessee. The issue that they are still getting log jammed up in the College Football Playoff rankings is the fact that Texas is sitting there with one loss, and they're probably going to be the Big 12 champion, and they went into Tuscaloosa and won by 10."
He added that the College Football Playoff committee was "tipping their hand" by leaving Texas over Alabama despite recent struggles.
"If you told me right now Alabama and Texas are going to play on a neutral field ... I would put Alabama as a 10-point favorite, OK?" Burns outlined. "I think that is fair. Especially with Jonathon Brooks, the star running back for Texas, being out, like Alabama just continues to get bigger, better and stronger, and they understand what they are. They did not understand what they were in week 2."
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