Well, that was about as crappy a day as I can remember being an Alabama fan (Petty being hurt in the middle of laying an egg in the Iron Bowl was far more depressing to me.) Still, I’d rather have all doubt taken out of a game than have the lingering what-ifs of 2013 or Clemson II: What if we play for OT in 2013, what if we pick up that first down in Auburn, what if we don’t commit that personal foul, what if we get one defensive stop, what if Bo hadn’t got hurt, what if Sark had used some of the other backs, what if Saban hadn’t fired Lane with one game left, what if Marlon Humphrey made the right read, what if they called the pick on Tony Brown?
See? Those keep you up at night. Being banged up to all hell, having wide receivers held on every route, being outplayed and out-executed all night -- those things are irritating, but I’m not losing sleep over them. Saban derps against Auburn, but he’s hardly the first to do so and he won’t be the last Alabama coach to do so. Nor will it be the last time the ‘Barn is peaking at season’s end while Alabama’s weaknesses are not only exposed but tailor-made for the “upset.” Alabama lost that game and deserved to lose in every phase of the game. That’s not an upset; that’s not a what-if; that’s an ass-kicking.
But now, it’s entirely out of our hands. We wait (while rooting like hell for TCU to beat Oklahoma and Ohio State to win an ugly, turnover-filled crapfest against Wisconsin.) And I think one of those happens.
- Pac 12
- Big 10
Notre Dame WisconsinAuburn
Washington Ohio State Clemson MiamiAlabama
Here’s your WNaBP for the close of the regular season.
|4||Alabama Crimson Tides||1|
|8||TCU Horned Frogs||12|
|12||Ohio State Buckeyes||17|
|16||Washington State Cougars||9|
|17||San Diego State Aztecs||19|
|18||Oklahoma State Cowboys||23|
|19||Penn State Nittany Lions||21|
|20||Michigan State Spartans||22|
|22||Fresno State Bulldog||--|
|23||Mississippi State Bulldogs||14|
|24||Virginia Tech Hokies / NCSU Wolfpack||--|
|25||FAU Owls / Toledo Rockets /USF Bulls||--|
|Boise State Broncos|
|Iowa State Cyclones|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish|