With Alabama firmly positioned at the top of the BCS standings heading down the stretch of the season, its perch atop the rankings will remain safe as long as the Tide keep winning.
On a weekend that saw several ranked teams buckle under the pressure—including four from the SEC—Alabama made a statement by blanking Arkansas 52-0.
However, should the Tide suffer a defeat, their strength of schedule will undoubtedly come into play. In the past two seasons, Alabama’s resume was strong enough to endure losses in November and earn the Tide a spot in the BCS title game.
Of course, given the way Alabama has looked in recent weeks, Nick Saban’s club is a threat to run the table and render the standings moot in the process.
Which teams—including those on its schedule, another it could meet in the SEC title game and another that can derail the dreams of a fellow BCS title contender—can provide the Tide with a little insurance for their BCS chances?