BCS Standings: How the Alabama Crimson Tide Can Still Crash the BCS Party

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BCS Standings: How the Alabama Crimson Tide Can Still Crash the BCS Party
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We won't be the championship, but some BCS bucks would sure be nice.

Dreams of a repeat National Championship Game appearance for the Alabama Crimson Tide ticked away with the game clock in Baton Rouge.

The 24-21 loss to the Tigers squashed any hopes of repeating.

But is the Tide still out of the picture for a BCS game?

There are 10 spots up for grabs, but they aren't truly up for grabs. The champions of the BCS conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC) are each guaranteed an automatic BCS Bowl bid. 

TCU is more than likely in already even if they lose to lowly New Mexico State.

That leaves three possible spots open for the Tide if certain things fall into place. And for those naysayers out there, remember that No. 12 Iowa went to a BCS bowl last year at 10-2 with an at-large bid.

In all honesty, we feel there's only one spot open for an SEC team to play in the BCS besides the conference champ. Any automatic qualifying conference that has a team in the national championship game will, in all likelihood, have another conference team in the BCS.

But there's still hope.

If, and it's a large if, several of the following scenarios play out, the Crimson Tide could find themselves back in the BCS bowl picture.

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