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With Alabama's College Football Playoff future in limbo, coach Nick Saban said on Saturday that there was an argument for his team to be included among the top four and framed the debate over who's in and who's out with a single question: How are they playing at the moment

It makes sense that the question would lend itself to Alabama's defense. The Alabama football team finished the regular season with three straight wins despite losing two games.

The fourth-ranked Ohio State has a single loss. The loss came on the final weekend of the season.

USC's loss to Utah in the Pac 12 Championship Game probably opened up a spot in the top four.

The Frogs lost to Kansas State in the Big 12 title game.

During his appearance on the College Football Show on Saturday, the Alabama coach said that his team started out the season strong but was impacted by an injury to their quarterback.

In Alabama's 24-20 win against Texas A&M, Young hurt his shoulder and didn't play the next week.

Even though Young came back to action, he wasn't completely healthy. He was kept on a pitch count during practice. It hindered the team's development, according to the coach.

After losing to Tennessee, Alabama traveled to LSU and lost in overtime. Alabama finished the season with a 10-2 record.

"I believe our team played well down the stretch and are playing well at the moment," he said.

The Tide's two losses were against teams that were in the top 10 at the time.

He said that they lost two games on the road to one top-five team and one top 10 team. I think we're a different team now that Young is healthy, and I think you should look at the circumstances surrounding a 2-loss team versus a 1-loss team at the end of the season. What are they doing at the moment?

The debate over who gets in and who is left out has been going on for a long time. He thought it would be a good idea to ask if they were playing a different team.

If we played these teams, would we be favored in the game or not? It should answer questions about who the best teams are at the moment. This should play out that way.