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Welcome Back to the BCS Championship Game, Alabama

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Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterNovember 18, 2012

Chaos, you can commence now.

Just one week ago, the SEC's streak of six consecutive national titles looked like it was in serious jeopardy after Texas A&M knocked off the final SEC unbeaten team—Alabama—29-24 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

My, how things have changed since then.

Baylor topped No. 1 Kansas State 52-24 in Waco on Saturday night, followed shortly by Stanford's 17-14 overtime win over No. 2 Oregon in Eugene.

That sound you hear is the cities of Tuscaloosa and Athens, Ga., rejoicing.

All of a sudden, the SEC's national title streak is alive and well, and if Alabama and Georgia can win out, the SEC championship game will be a de facto BCS National Championship play-in game.

For Alabama, the shenanigans of Saturday night might not have only saved the season, but they could have saved a dynasty.

It was that big of a night.

Alabama has won two of the last three BCS national championships, was within a quarter (and Tim Tebow's heroics) of playing for the crystal football in 2008 and will likely chime in at No. 2 in the BCS standings when they're revealed on Sunday night.

Raise your hand if you thought that was possible when Texas A&M was celebrating on the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium last Saturday night (put your hand down, no you didn't).

Many—including yours truly—thought Notre Dame was the most likely of the three remaining undefeated teams to lose. Not many people expected chaos like this, and for the chaos to come so quickly.

All of the sudden, AJ McCarron has a chance to make amends for his first two picks of the season, and the Alabama coaching staff has the opportunity to answer the play-calling questions that have dogged it for the last week.

But don't look past the SEC championship game. Aside from the possibility of becoming a dynasty, Georgia has virtually the same hurdles to jump to get to Miami Gardens.

The next two weeks should be a lot of fun.


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