Alabama Football: Crimson Tide's Road to the 2013 BCS

Marc TorrenceAlabama Lead WriterOctober 20, 2013

In the least surprising result of the night, Alabama is ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings, which were unveiled on ESPN Sunday.

The Crimson Tide pulled out a close road win over Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in their second game of the season, and their other six games haven't been in much doubt.

Coming off of its third national championship in four years, Alabama was rightfully ranked No. 1 in preseason polls and has stayed at the top all season.

The only question that remains is if the Crimson Tide will lose a game the rest of the way. Alabama had a loss but still made it to the BCS National Championship Game the past two years.

It should be favored in every game the rest of the way, but as we saw in the SEC this weekend, anything can happen.


Where Alabama Stands


The strength of schedule is a small concern, but Alabama will face a couple of more stiff tests in LSU and Auburn the rest of the way. The most important thing is that the Crimson Tide are No. 1 across the board and should stay that way until they lose.

Where Alabama Stands
RecordAP PollCoaches PollStrength of ScheduleBCS


Biggest Obstacles to a BCS Berth

After playing Texas A&M, it looked like Alabama was facing a one-game season the rest of the way with a home date with LSU looming as the big game in the SEC West.

But after "upset Saturday" in the SEC, that outlook has changed.

LSU will no doubt still pose the biggest challenge. Since coach Nick Saban has been at Alabama, his games against LSU have come down to one or two plays, at least in the regular season.

But now it looks like the SEC West will be decided in Auburn at the Iron Bowl. With LSU losing to Ole Miss and the other Tigers in the West beating Texas A&M, Auburn now sits in second place with one loss in the West. After two big blowouts, the Iron Bowl is suddenly very relevant on a national scale.

Remaining Schedule
10/28vs. Tennessee
11/09vs. LSU
11/16at Mississippi State
11/23vs. Chattanooga
11/30at Auburn



Help Needed

As long as Alabama wins out, it will be in the national championship. But it wouldn't hurt for a couple of the non-SEC undefeateds to fall, too.

If Alabama loses to LSU but beats Auburn and, say, Florida State and Oregon lose too, the Crimson Tide could be right back in the national title picture.


The Big Picture

The only questioning would come if Alabama loses. The Crimson Tide have developed some fatigue with the rest of the country. People are tired of seeing Alabama in the title game year in and year out.

That would be the main factor working against Alabama should it fall. But the Crimson Tide don't have to worry about any of that. All they have to do is keep winning.


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