There’s no question that Alabama held its postseason fate in its own hands a week ago before the Iron Bowl matchup with rival Auburn.
Now, after the heart-wrenching defeat, the Crimson Tide is left on the outside of the College Football Playoff desperately hoping a door opens for it to slip in.
While the Tide could have kept things under their own control by beating Auburn, it’s clear that a multitude of varying factors and downright bad breaks have jeopardized the Tide’s playoff case. Here are just a few things falling the wrong way that now hurt the Tide’s chances:
The SEC Had a Weak Year
The SEC has long been regarded as likely the best conference in the entire country, however, this year it just wasn’t that good. This is clearly shown with the storm raining down on coaches at the end of the year.
Tennessee, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M all stunk this season. All four will have new coaches next year. All four lost to Alabama this year.
The caliber of the other teams in the conferences doesn’t help Bama’s resume in the least bit.
Nick Fitzgerald Got Hurt and Miss. State Lost in the Egg Bowl
Of course, Nick Fitzgerald’s ankle dislocation more immediately affected Mississippi State, the injury and ensuing loss to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl also hurts Alabama.
The Bulldogs counted as one of the Tide’s better wins on the year. With the loss, the team fell all the way to No. 23 in the latest playoff rankings. Bama’s win over Miss. St. all of the sudden doesn’t mean as much.
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