Thursday, November 6, 2014

Alabama prepares to run November gauntlet

Take a deep breath while you can, Tide fans. Why? The next 48 hours could be your final time to do so until early December.

As has been the case so many times before, the Alabama Crimson Tide will attempt to run the November gauntlet for yet another season and the first adventure begins this Saturday at LSU.


Mississippi State
Western Carolina
SEC Championship Game

Okay, perhaps I did fib when it comes to the breath holding business. Yes, you can breathe against Western Carolina. However, if Alabama drops a game before that time, it really won't matter what you do because all will be lost in terms of the SEC title and the national title.

Getting down to the nuts and bolts of the matter, because of Alabama's early season loss to Ole Miss, the Crimson Tide must conquer the month of November. Not have a good showing...conquer.

If things remain the status quo, holding strong throughout the month, Alabama will have defeated a top-20 LSU team, No. 1 Mississippi State, and No. 3 Auburn. In the process, the Tide will have clinched the SEC Western Division crown while punching their ticket to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.

Based on how the College Football Playoff selection committee has viewed things and done things up until this point, it seems the criteria changes with every passing week. Winning out, for everyone within the top-10, seems to be the only method that is somewhat understandable.

Not to change the topic at hand, but I think those who were upset with the BCS format and wanted a change, will likely be issuing missing persons flyers for the BCS before too long.

At any rate, the mountain for the Crimson Tide is quite steep, and objectively speaking, I'm not sure they can pull it off. Having said that, if Alabama is still a one-loss team one month from now, there'll be no question who the No. 1 team in the nation is on the final selection day.

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