It's not impossible for No. 10 TCU to earn a bid to the 2017 College Football Playoffs, but the odds really don't look good.
The debate surrounding the four best teams in the country has taken a back seat to the nonsense mostly taking place in the SEC, but the shouting matches regarding who lies where in the playoff standings will return to the forefront of the sport once Tuesday night comes around.
The thing that is hurting the Crimson Tide is their resume.
Clemson should be the top team in the rankings, but that doesn't matter a ton since the ACC Championship serves as a de-facto playoff quarterfinal, just like the title games in the SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten.
Clemson and Oklahoma, the No. 3 and No. 4 teams last week, appear poised to claim the top two spots in one order or the other after commanding wins over SC and West Virginia, respectively.
With that, even one upset in next weekend's title games will send the Crimson Tide - a team who didn't even win the SEC West this season - to the playoff with a chance to win the national title despite not being the best team in their own division.
Playoff berths appear squarely at stake in the Auburn-Georgia SEC Championship game and the Clemson-Miami ACC Championship game.
Auburn has a resume that few in the country can match, and it has talent that is hard to stop on offense with Jarrett Stidham and Kerryon Johnson leading the charge.
For starters, Gary Patterson's team will need to produce a convincing win over No. 3 Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
On one hand, there would be 11-2 Ohio State, fresh off a Big Ten championship.
Alabama, which replaced Georgia as the selection committee's No. 1-ranked team two weeks ago, will surrender the top spot in the aftermath of a loss at Auburn. Add to that, people forget they (Ohio State) beat a ranked Penn State team, a ranked Michigan State team. A loss, two losses, also losing to Oklahoma. Urban Meyer or Nick Saban? No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Miami also last week, but both should stay ahead of the Buckeyes.
Both Clemson and Oklahoma are 11-1 with resume-building non-conference wins over division champs - Clemson's over SEC West victor Auburn and Oklahoma's over Big Ten East victor Ohio State.
And if Ohio State beats Wisconsin and Auburn beats Georgia, the highest-ranked non-playoff team from those conferences would probably be a toss-up among Georgia, Wisconsin and Alabama.