If the season ended tonight … well, Alabama would be happy.

Alabama debuted at No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, released Tuesday night.

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It didn’t take long for the backlash to find its way to Twitter.

Selection committee chair Jeff Long said Alabama’s quality wins played a key role in the Tide taking the No. 4 spot over several unbeaten teams.

Alabama debuted at No. 6 last year and wasn’t included in the selection committee’s top four until claiming the No. 1 spot in the fourth week of the rankings.

Last year, Florida State was the only playoff team that appeared in the top four of the initial rankings. Ohio State, which debuted at No. 16 last year, climbed the farthest.

The top four teams in the final rankings, released at noon Eastern, Dec. 6, will play for the national championship.

Alabama certainly will move up or down next week. It hosts LSU in a showdown Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.