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Alabama remains No. 1 team in College Football Playoff rankings | AL.com

The top remained unchanged.

Alabama held onto its No. 1 ranking for the second straight week entering the 6:45 p.m. Saturday visit from Auburn. The top four remained unchanged with Oregon behind Alabama, followed by Florida State at No. 3 and Mississippi State fourth.

TCU, for the second straight week, was the first team out of the bracket with Ohio State sixth.

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Most of the controversy this week came not from the rankings themselves, but how Arkansas AD and selection committee chairman Jeff Long explained those rankings -- in particular, his explanation for Mississippi State remaining at No. 4. To be clear: I personally would love Mississippi State in the playoffs, because as a South Carolina fan, I have a soft spot for non-traditional powers. And there are some defensible cases you can make for Mississippi State being in the Top 4. This is not one of them.

I've been a big fan of what the committee has done so far, but this is wrongheaded, backwards logic that has no place in evaluating present teams.

Alabama practice report: Injured starters see increased action as Iron Bowl approaches | AL.com

Receiver Amari Cooper was participating more Tuesday than he had been Monday. He did a few handwork drills and jogged from drill to drill during the media viewing period. When the receivers ran full routes, however, he watched with his helmet off. He bruised his left knee Saturday against Western Carolina.

Left tackle Cam Robinson appeared to be watching most of the drills again after spraining his ankle Saturday. Austin Shepherd, the regular starter at right tackle, was back on the left side again. Grant Hill was at right tackle.

Defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson was working with the first group after his lower leg injury from Saturday. He was limited Monday but was working with the first group Tuesday. Robinson was pushing off with his heavily-wrapped right ankle.

Running back T.J. Yeldon was leading the group in drills and while working with the quarterbacks. He had tape on his left calf and both ankles after several injuries this season.

DaVonte Lambert of Auburn Tigers out for season after knee surgery - ESPN

Auburn will get star wide receiver D'haquille Williams back for Saturday's game at Alabama, but the Tigers will be without starting defensive end DaVonte Lambert, who had season-ending knee surgery Tuesday.

In his weekly news conference Tuesday, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he didn't know if Williams would be 100 percent but that the team is expecting him to play. Despite missing the last two games, Williams leads the team with 38 catches for 609 yards and five touchdowns.

"He's one of our playmakers," Malzahn said. "He's had an outstanding year. He has the ability to make one-on-one plays and plays in traffic."

Three Alabama stars named finalists for major national awards | AL.com

The award lists are getting shorter and three Alabama players remain in the hunt for some big ones. Alabama safety Landon Collins, receiver Amari Cooper and punter JK Scott were among the three finalists for their respective awards

Collins made the cut for the Thorpe Award, Cooper made it for the Biletnikoff Award and Scott's up for the Ray Guy Award. The winners will be announced Dec. 11 at the Home Deport College Football Awards Show in Orlando.

Alabama safety Nick Perry hopes his last game at Bryant-Denny has better result than his first | AL.com

A berth in the SEC Championship game is on the line for Alabama if Mississippi State beats Ole Miss earlier Saturday. Perry has been one of Alabama's best defensive players as a fifth-year senior, recording 58 tackles (fourth on Alabama's team) with an interception.

"I've been here for five years, and it's kind of bittersweet that it will be my last game," said Perry, before his cell phone ring of air raid sirens went off. "I'm fortunate just to be able to let this be my last game in probably the biggest game of the year."

Paul Finebaum hears 'train wreck' predictions for live Iron Bowl show, phones ready this time | AL.com

In terms of the 2014 rematch, a "repeat of last year would be pretty cool," Finebaum said, but there's a different plan in place for the broadcasting side. Instead of waiting for Monday, they're gauging reaction in real time.

The SEC Network will air "Finebaum Film Room: Iron Bowl Live" simultaneously as the game airs on ESPN at 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

Finebaum will watch the game in studio with four other analysts and react to the action. Among the crew will be former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy and ex-Auburn offensive lineman Cole Cubelic.

Jumbo Video Section

Tuesday practice footage (tight ends, offensive line, defensive line, running back receiving drill)

Ryan Kelly (center) interview

Landon Collins (safety) interview

Blake Sims (quarterback) interview

Austin Shepherd (offensive line) interview

Jonathan Allen (defensive line) interview

Cyrus Jones (cornerback) interview