The Alabama Crimson Tide were National Championship contenders when the season started. After an 8-0 start, it looked as those dreams were going to become a reality. Then, Alabama went up against another top team in the LSU Tigers and lost in an overtime thriller.
Although the Crimson Tide have a loss on their record, they are still the No. 3 team in the country and have a chance for a rematch in the National Championship against LSU.
In order for Alabama to make the National Championship they'll need to win out and get help from other teams. Losses from Oklahoma State, Stanford and Oklahoma would help Alabama's case, but they still have a chance without help.
As of right now it looks like that may not happen and, even if Stanford and Oklahoma State lose, they would still have to deal with a one loss Oklahoma team. The Sooners have a very impressive resume and could leapfrog Alabama if that's what it came down to. Wins over Florida State, Texas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Baylor and possibly Oklahoma State are a lot more impressive than Alabama's schedule.
If the season ended today the Crimson Tide would end up in the BCS Sugar Bowl and would probably square off against Boise State. The Sugar Bowl takes the No. 1 SEC team, which would be Alabama, assuming both LSU and Alabama win out.
Although Alabama would like to go to the National Championship game, the Sugar Bowl isn't a bad second option.
A game against the Broncos would be very entertaining and would be a great measuring stick for Boise State. We all know the Broncos are a talented team, but they have yet to play a defense as physical and talented as the Crimson Tides'.
The way things are looking right now, Alabama is heading off to Baton Rouge.
Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers College Football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or Randy.Chambers7@yahoo.com
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