BCS Standings 2011: Mapping out Alabama Crimson Tide's Path to the BCS Title

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BCS Standings 2011: Mapping out Alabama Crimson Tide's Path to the BCS Title
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The revised BCS standings are out, and Alabama held their second-place ranking after a 37-6 victory over Tennessee. While they were even with the Vols at halftime, the Crimson Tide defense blanked Tennessee after intermission while the offense reeled off 21. 

Now at No. 2 for the second straight week, Bama controls their own national championship destiny. The road is simple: win out, win a trip to New Orleans. It shouldn't be too hard, right? 

Well, not so fast. To finish the season undefeated, Alabama will have to triumph in a titanic SEC showdown with No. 1 LSU. The Tigers tread the same path of glory and have no intention of ceding the initiative to Bama without a fight. Circle Nov. 5 on your calendars and clear your schedule; this one has all the makings of a barn-burner.

Should the Tide roll, the map to sweetest sugar seems straightforward. Here's an inside look.

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