Alabama started out the season as defending BCS National Champions and preseason number 1. As the season progressed, the number got better and better. It looked like Alabama was going to be the first team to be back to back BCS National Champions.
After an impressive win over Florida, Alabama seemed like they would be bale to hand Steve Spurriers' Gamecocks with ease. Unfortunatley, that was not the case. Alabama lost its first regular season game since 2007 in Columbia on October 9, 2010. The final score being 35-21.
Stephen Garcia picked apart Alabama's young secondary by having 4 touchdowns.
Some say that this loss was actually a good thing. It seemed as if Alabama had no motivation. Maybe the loss will actually help Alabama in the weeks to come. Now as time will tell you, history repeats itself.
In 2006 Florida lost to Auburn by a last second field goal. That same Florida team went on to win the BCS National Championship. In 2007 LSU lost to both Kentucky and Arkansas in overtime and went on to win the National Championship. In 2008 Florida lost to Ole Miss and went on to win the National Championship. Alabama was the first team since 2005 to win the National Championship without going undefeated.
So as you can see Alabama can still make it to the National Championship. It is not going to be easy though, considering the amount of talent there is in college football this year, but if Alabama can do five things they can make it to Arizona.