Aside from making Johnny Manziel an instant celebrity, the Alabama Crimson Tide's loss to the Texas A&M Aggies is going to have some serious impact on the college football landscape.
Unlike Manziel on the interception that sealed the game, we will take a look to see what will unfold. It's too fun to turn our back and wait for the real deal.
Obviously, there will be a new top dog for the first time all season. Alabama's successor will reside somewhere west of the Mississippi River, and the loss changes quite a few national championship game scenarios.
The SEC is the Biggest Loser
Ever since last year's All-SEC affair, the threat of the conference dominating the title game has driven everyone nuts. Well, all those that don't reside in the South, that is.
Assuming Oregon and Kansas State won't join the SEC by nightfall, there will be a projection that doesn't include a school from football's preeminent conference. After six years of SEC tyranny, this will be a welcome change to many.
Additionally, we can exhale as the threat of two SEC teams making it to Miami has passed. There is little possibility that Oregon, Notre Dame and Kansas State will each lose two games, and one loss will no longer doom them as it would have before.
Notre Dame is Still Praying
While the loss increases Notre Dame's odds of playing in the final game of the 2012 season, there is still some work that needs to be done. And the Fighting Irish will have to rely on others to put in the time.
Kansas State and Oregon are in the driver's seat and still have games against ranked opponents left. Notre Dame only has its matchup with USC left and has watched many of their ranked wins shed some of their luster with later losses.
Texas A&M is a Top-10 Team
That was a reach, ah?
Before the year, we were all focusing on A&M's mistake to join the SEC.
"How would they be able to compete with the likes of LSU, Georgia and Florida. Should the Aggies even make the trip to Tuscaloosa? At least nobody would get hurt if they decided to just stay home."
So much for that line of thinking. A&M isn't going to participate in the SEC title game, but they will jump quite a few teams and land squarely towards the back of the top 10.
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