How Alabama stacks up in the race for the playoff


Strength of schedule ratings: 25th (NCAA); 4th (Sagarin Computer)

Record against latest teams in latest playoff rankings: 3-1.

Record against latest AP Top 25: 3-1.

Record against bowl eligible teams: 8-1.

Best wins: vs. Mississippi St. 25-20.

Loss: at Mississippi 23-17.

Scoring margin: 19.8

Yards per play and national rank: 6.73, 10th

Yards per play allowed and national rank: 4.63, 10th

AP Analysis: Alabama's defense still ranks among the nation's best, but the offense might be more explosive than ever thanks to receiver Amari Cooper's huge production. Seven straight wins have put the Crimson Tide in position to guarantee a playoff spot with a win over No. 14 Missouri - and perhaps slip into the field even with a loss.

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