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Alabama will be hoping they don't jump into first place in the West
An Arkansas win over LSU would give Alabama a shot to win the SEC West if they defeat their arch rival, the Auburn Tigers, the following day. Typically that would be good news for Crimson Tide players and fans. But 2011 has been anything but typical, and the strange turn of events have created a scenario in which Alabama does not want to win the SEC West.
If LSU holds serve and beats Arkansas, then an Alabama win over Auburn would all but assure the that Tide would finish No. 2 in the final BCS poll. The Iron Bowl would be the Crimson Tide's final game of the season and the Alabama players will be free to do as they please during the SEC Championship on Dec. 3.
An Arkansas win coupled with an Alabama win would create a three-way tie in the SEC West. The tie-breaker first eliminates the team with the lowest ranking in the BCS standings. The winner of the head-to-head matchup between the two higher ranked teams will be crowned the SEC West champ. From Alabama's perspective, the winner of the head-to-head match-up would unfortunately be named SEC West champ.
If Alabama wins the tiebreaker, then they will have to play Georgia in the SEC Championship. A second loss on the season would knock Alabama out of the national championship picture. While the odds of an Alabama loss to Georgia in the SEC title game are low, they aren't as low as the zero percent chance Alabama will have of losing if they don't play on Dec. 3.