Alabama Football: Iowa State Provides the Tide with an Early Christmas Gift

Damon YoungCorrespondent IINovember 19, 2011

Happy Holidays Alabama!
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This weekend of college football was to be rather mundane.

The past two Saturdays provided us with pivotal Top 10 matchups around the country.

No, this time around it felt as if it would be business as usual across the land, but someone forgot to tell Iowa State that.

The Cyclones were a four-touchdown underdog and not many expected them to be in the game, let alone win it.

Merry Christmas, Alabama.

With the ultimate Cowboy choke-job Friday night, the Crimson Tide find themselves in prime position to play in the BCS title game. 

Nick Saban and company now control their own destiny to New Orleans once again.

While Georgia Southern is the game today, all eyes will now point to the Iron Bowl as for the fourth consecutive year the Alabama and Auburn tilt will have National Championship implications.

While other one-loss teams in the mix like Oregon, Oklahoma and Arkansas still loom, the fact of the matter is if Alabama and LSU win out they will meet for a second time this season to settle it all.

On paper, LSU has the harder path since they still have to face the Razorbacks the day after Thanksgiving and Arkansas stunned the Tigers in 2007.

Alabama will still have to take Auburn down on the plains, which is no easy task. It took a season saving drive to defeat the Tigers in 2009 and Jordan Hare Stadium will let again yield a formidable obstacle for this edition of the Crimson Tide to hurdle.

Love it or hate it, at this point it will be Alabama and LSU for a "Game of the Century, Part II", but as we all know, the pressure of the BCS chase can cause strange things to happen.

Another question posed last night is what happens to Brandon Weedon in the Heisman race? He skyrocketed into the top three last weekend with Andrew Luck and Stanford losing coupled with his dominant performance against Texas Tech, but Heisman votes don't like bad late-season losses.

While Luck is probably still the front-runner this Oklahoma State loss puts Trent Richardson in prime position to make a move for college football's most coveted award.

Richardson will probably exit early against Georgia Southern so he'll need to make the most of his in the game.

The funny thing is that Alabama as a team were able to make an even bigger move this week before any players set foot on the field.