Alabama Football: Do Tide Deserve a Sugar Bowl Bid If They Lose to Georgia?
One spot remains for the BCS National Championship and it will be taken by the winner of the SEC Championship this weekend.
The winner of the Georgia-Alabama matchup will play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for all of the marbles in the first week of January. Even though Alabama has to earn its way into the big game, most haven't hesitated to put the Crimson Tide in that vacant position.
But the monkey wrench that could be thrown into this whole equation is that Alabama could end up losing to the Bulldogs this weekend. That would put Georgia in the national championship and force Nick Saban and company to watch the BCS selection process on the edge of their seat.
The BCS Sugar Bowl would be a nice consolation prize, but Alabama would have to finish in the top three, above the Florida Gators, in order to take that trip to New Orleans.
Should the Crimson Tide receive the benefit of the doubt in a possible slip-up to Georgia?
Florida Has a Resume That Can't Be Matched
The computers absolutely love the Gators because of the resume this team has put together. Florida has victories over four ranked teams, including three over teams that were ranked in the Top 10. Because of this success, the average computer ranking is second over any other team in country. The only team that the computers like more is Notre Dame because of its undefeated record.
The Gators were able to go into Texas A&M and win, knocked off a Top Five LSU team, gave South Carolina the worst loss in recent memory, and went on the road to beat arguably a more talented Florida State program. That also doesn't include going into Tennessee and beating a Volunteer team that was looking good and ranked in the Top 25 before falling apart later in the year.
Florida's only loss of the season was to the Georgia Bulldogs, but despite turning the ball over an inexcusable six times, the Gators still only lost that game by one possession.
Alabama doesn't have the resume to matchup against the Gators, and a two-loss Crimson Tide team would easily slide down a few notches in the polls.
Alabama Will Have Lost to Two Underdogs
Alabama has creamed the majority of its opponents all season long. That includes embarrassing Michigan in the first game of the year, proving that a No. 11 ranked Mississippi State team wasn't that great and posting four shutouts on the year. Nick Saban's team looks like it hasn't lost a step since last year despite losing many key players on both sides of the ball after winning last year’s national championship.
Should Alabama make the Sugar Bowl if it loses to Georgia?
However, a loss to Georgia would mean that this team has now lost two games to underdogs on the year.
Alabama let Texas A&M, a team led by a freshman quarterback, walk into Bryant-Denny Stadium and leave with a victory. The Aggies dropped over 400 total yards, forced three turnovers and simply outplayed the Crimson Tide for 60 minutes. Not to mention, Texas A&M is a team that the Gators were able to beat at Kyle Field.
As for this weekend’s game, although both teams are ranked in the Top Five, Alabama has been pegged the favorite by at least one touchdown. Nobody is really giving Georgia a shot, and it would be considered an extensive upset if it were to take place on Saturday.
Alabama has looked like one of the best teams in the country for the majority of the year, but two losses would show that this is a team that still has a little bit of work to do.
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