The Alabama Crimson Tide could be considered the luckiest team in college football history. They lost to the No. 1 team in the nation LSU on Nov. 5 in a close game that went to OT and never hit double digits, as it simply was a 9-6 game.
When they lost to LSU, people thought 'Bama would drop a little, but not too far since it was the No. 1 team and was close. People's expectations came to pass, as they only slipped to No. 3 and after losses by top 10 teams such as Oklahoma State that happened late, they ended up in the National Title game.
Some people will claim blasphemy that Alabama got in to face off against a team they already lost to early on. But, things happen. So, Alabama is now in the NC game. But, the question everyone is asking is: Can they actually win?
If they did, the entire BCS would probably seem like a shame and push us ever closer to potential "plus one" type of situations.
But, that's only IF Alabama can win. So, this could be one reason to cheer for Alabama if you aren't in favor of the BCS. For those people, welcome, the rest of us hate it, too.
My opinion is that Alabama can actually win this game. They controlled the first game with LSU, but lost due to special team mistakes such as four missed field goals. I highly doubt Alabama will leave 12 points off the board this time. But it won't be just about special teams. Here are 7 keys to Alabama's potential victory over the Tigers of LSU.