There are many reasons why Alabama is facing off against LSU in New Orleans on January 9th.
Most of the reasons aren't Alabama's wins.
They are other teams' losses.
We all know about the Iowa State upset of Oklahoma State, and the ensuing controversy. We are all aware of the fact that 'Bama beat LSU's common opponents by almost identical margins every single time.
There were hundreds of opportunities throughout the season to lay waste to the Crimson Tide's shot at their 14th title. From those opportunities, I bring you the season's missed field goals.
Some will be familiar to you and some will not. In the end, it's astounding how many lost opportunities there were in this—"The Year of the Kicker."