For those hoping for an All-SEC championship game, hope is still alive. In fact, most would argue that it is probable. However, history has a way of repeating itself in college football. This is why I believe that if Oklahoma State defeats the Oklahoma Sooners on December 3rd they will play in the national championship game, not the Tide.
SEC fans need to only look back to 2008 when the Georgia Bulldogs went into the final week before the final BCS rankings No. 4 in the BCS poll and the LSU Tigers were No. 7. Georgia was idle because they loss their division tiebreaker to Tennessee.
LSU, on the other hand, defeated Tennessee in the SEC championship game 21-14. The No. 1 and No. 2 BCS teams lost. Instead of moving to No. 2, the Bulldogs were leapt over by the Tigers from seventh place.
The lesson is simple: The voters like conference champions and punish idle teams.
The Tide currently sit second in the computer polls and are ahead of Alabama in four of the six polls. As a result, if the Cowboys are able to defeat the Oklahoma Sooners in their season finale, they might need to only finish as high as third in the human polls.
This scenario is very enticing to voters who do not want a team without a conference championship playing in the BCS championship and the Cowboys give them an out.