Most projections said Alabama dropped a few spots after beating Auburn last week, so the Saturday loss to Ole Miss assured a second dip.
The Crimson Tide officially went from No. 25 to No. 32 in the Ratings Percentage Index published by the NCAA today. The final version will be used by the tournament selection committee next Sunday when setting the field of 68.
Alabama (20-10) still looks pretty solid in hits hope of landing its first invitation since 2006, but a win over South Carolina won’t likely bump its RPI much if at all. The Gamecocks are No. 193 — much lower than Auburn’s No. 145 ranking last week.
A win over South Carolina would mean a second-round meeting with Florida and the potential for a high-quality win over the No. 28 team in the RPI.
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