LSU entered Saturday’s game against Alabama in great position, unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff poll.

A loss to the Tide doesn’t eradicate all hope for an SEC Championship or a playoff appearance, but the latest selection committee poll Tuesday night reveals just how much ground the Tigers have to re-gain.

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LSU (7-1) now is ranked No. 9 in the poll, spiraling seven spots. The team now trails Alabama (No. 2) in the poll among SEC teams.

With games remaining against three respectable SEC West teams, opportunities remain for coach Les Miles, Leonard Fournette and others to make an impression. But Saturday represented a missed opportunity, both due to the loss as well as the lopsided nature of the 30-16 defeat.

A New Year’s Six bowl remains a distinct possibility for LSU, especially if the team beats Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas A&M to close out the season. Under that scenario, any loss by Alabama would sent the Tigers to the SEC Championship to face Florida. So there’s still plenty for which to play.