No one thought it would be possible just one short week ago, but the Alabama Crimson Tide have awoken on this bleary Sunday morning and were just informed that they have a date with destiny.
‘Bama—currently at No. 4 in the BCS standings—is bound to jump two spots after No. 1 Kansas State fell to unranked Baylor and No. 2 Oregon was upset by No. 13 Stanford. This gives the Tide an inside track for a once-unlikely BCS national championship game matchup versus the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
While Nick Saban’s group still needs to get past Auburn in the final game of the season—and whoever they match up with in the SEC Championship game (likely the Georgia Bulldogs)—the chances of ‘Bama getting a shot to repeat as national champions are now exponentially higher than they were after Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies pulled off a 29-24 upset in Week 12.
With the Auburn Tigers limping through the 2012 campaign and having one of the worst teams in the entire SEC, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to play spoiler to this focused, driven ‘Bama squad in the Iron Bowl.
Georgia may have better odds to blemish the Tides record when it represents the SEC East on December 1st, but it hasn’t had the best luck in recent conference championship games—losing 42-10 to the No. 1 ranked LSU Tigers last season.
We don’t believe that the Dawgs have what it takes to beat Alabama and thus, no team will prior to the BCS title game.
This will set up a perfect showdown between a powerhouse SEC team from the heart of the South and a independent program with an army of supporters from across the nation in the Fighting Irish.
Who will win? We aren’t pretending to know just yet, but it promises to be an exciting matchup that will certainly be worth watching.