It's quite amazing what a blowout win over a FCS lightweight can do for a program. By beating Western Carolina 49-0 Saturday morning, Alabama found itself back in the BCS title mix.
Sure, unexpected losses by Oregon and Kansas State may have played a role, but it's all in how one chooses to look at it.
At its core, this was nothing more than a tune-up game sandwiched in between a disappointing loss to Texas A&M and the upcoming Iron Bowl against Auburn.
Still, there were positives and negatives that emerged from this game, just as there are from all games. Here is a look at the winners and losers from the WCU game.