Although Alabama may not be taking the field for conference championship weekend, that doesn’t mean fans of the Crimson Tide shouldn’t be glued to their seats.
In fact, there’s a whole lot to root for during Saturday’s slate of games.
Entering Week 15, Alabama is ranked No. 4 in the latest BCS rankings. Florida State, Ohio State and Auburn are all ranked ahead of the Tide while Missouri comes in at No. 5.
Out of those five teams, only Alabama will be idle this weekend.
The Seminoles and Buckeyes square off against Duke and Michigan State in the ACC and Big Ten title games, respectively. Meanwhile, it’s a battle of the Tigers when Auburn and Missouri face off for the SEC crown.
Believe it or not, if the results fall the right way, the Tide could very well wind up playing for their third consecutive BCS title game and fourth in the last five years.
Did that pique your interest? Good.
Now, stop replaying Chris Davis’ 109-yard, field-goal return touchdown over and over in your head and follow along.
This is how your perfect day should go.
12 p.m. ET: No. 17 Oklahoma (9-2) at No. 6 Oklahoma State (10-1) on ABC
OK, on the onset, this game serves little to no meaning toward Alabama’s bid to sneak back into the BCS title.
However, with a win, the Cowboys will wrap up their second Big 12 title in three years and finish with the same exact record as the Tide. That’s enough to make some consider putting an 11-win team with a conference championship over an 11-win team that didn’t even play for its conference crown.
Not to mention, Oklahoma State is currently ranked ahead of Alabama in one of the six computers used to formulate the computer portion of the BCS rankings.
Although the chance of the Cowboys jumping ahead of the Tide is rather slim, it would be in Alabama's best interest to see the threat eliminated on Saturday afternoon.
Besides, you might as well find something to keep you distracted from digging a hole in your living room with all that nervous pacing back and forth.
Tide fans better get acquainted with "Boomer! Sooner!" on Saturday afternoon.
4 p.m. ET: No. 5 Missouri (11-1) vs. No. 3 Auburn (11-1) on CBS
Ah. This one could be tough to watch.
Many fans feel as if it should be Alabama, not Auburn, lining up against Missouri on Saturday. Given the multiple, uncharacteristic miscues and missed opportunities by the Tide in last week’s loss, that’s a sentiment shared by many among the college football world.
But in the end, Alabama just couldn’t get it done.
Whether Auburn or Missouri wins, it really shouldn’t matter. Who you root for entirely comes down to personal preference.
Auburn might be the popular pick.
One could argue that the Tide had the Tigers right where they wanted them but just couldn’t land the knockout punch. Not to mention, who wouldn’t want to see Alabama try and get revenge?
Ask LSU in 2011 how that one went.
On the other hand, Missouri could be the tougher matchup for the Tide. The Tigers are well balanced on both sides of the ball and have the ability to beat you with both the run and pass.
Regardless of who wins, Alabama will still be alive—although barely—for a berth into the BCS title.
8 p.m. ET: No. 20 Duke (10-2) vs. No. 1 Florida State (12-0) on ABC
This is the game you’ve been waiting on all day.
The Seminoles take on those pesky Blue Devils. Could a team that finished with six wins just a year ago upset the team destined for a BCS title appearance?
Well, did anyone think that an Auburn squad fresh off a three-win season could derail the mighty Tide?
But wait, before you can answer that…
8:17 p.m. ET: No. 10 Michigan State (11-1) vs. No. 2 Ohio State (12-0) on Fox
Really? The Buckeyes had to be on just 17 minutes later?
Hope you have another TV or laptop nearby. There’s going to be a lot of channel flipping over the next couple of hours.
If Alabama has any shot of playing for the BCS title, the team needs both Florida State and Ohio State to lose. Just one falling wouldn’t cut it.
On the bright side, the Spartans are just the squad that could unseat the Buckeyes. The team ranks No. 1 in total defense and running back Jeremy Langford (245 CAR, 1,210 YDS, 16 TDs) has been playing out of his mind in recent weeks—seven consecutive games with 100 rushing yards or more.
On the other hand, Duke has all the makings of being the latest sacrificial lamb in the way of the Seminoles' march to Pasadena.
Florida State has been absolutely dominant through 12 games, beating its opponents by an average margin of 42.7 points. Only Boston College managed to get within 14 points.
Now, the Tide’s BCS title aspirations come down to a team that needed a late field goal just to beat North Carolina?
Texas has a better chance of landing Nick Saban as its next head coach than the Blue Devils have in upsetting the Seminoles.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.
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