Alabama football: Crimson Tide’s national title hopes hang in the balance after loss to Auburn

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What now?

After a 26-14 loss, Alabama’s season hangs in the balance. The Tide are no longer in control of their future. Luckily for them, they are one of the few teams in the country with just one loss. Even though Alabama will not compete in the SEC Championship Game, it still has a chance to qualify for the College Football Playoff. A loss by Oklahoma or Wisconsin this weekend would leave the Tide in good shape. If Wisconsin loses to Ohio State, the debate becomes should Alabama get in over the two-loss Buckeyes. Right now, FiveThirtyEight gives Alabama a better chance to make the CFP than even Auburn.

Still, Alabama’s players and coaches believe the Crimson Tide deserve a shot at the playoff despite the loss. After the game, Alabama head coach Nick Saban weighed in on Alabama’s playoff-worthiness.

“They’ve won 11 games,” Saban said “Not very many teams are able to do that. I really don’t know what all the scenarios might be where we would have the opportunity to do it. I’d certainly like to see this team get the opportunity to do it, and I think they deserve it.”

Still, Alabama will need some help if it wants to keep its national title hopes alive. Many media pundits are already defending Alabama’s case.

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Miscommunication

Late in the fourth quarter, Alabama was down 12 and needed a touchdown to get back in the game against Auburn. But two straight bad snaps by Alabama, the second one called back because of too many men on the field for Auburn, were a microcosm of the loss. After the game, Saban and center Bradley Bozeman cleared up what happened on those two peculiar plays.

Unlikely scenario

Amid all of the chaos surrounding the football game, Alabama’s basketball team found itself in its own very odd situation. After a fight broke out in the game against Minnesota on Saturday, Alabama’s entire bench was ejected from the game. Shortly after, guard Dazon Ingram fouled out and guard John Petty left the game with an injury. That left Alabama with just three players for the final 10 minutes of the game.

Rather than quit, however, those three players rallied and made it a game. Guard Collin Sexton and forwards Riley Norris and Galin Smith outscored the Gophers 30-22 in the final 10-plus minutes of the game, but Alabama ultimately came up short. Sexton once again proved that he’s as good as advertised, scoring 40 points — 31 in the second half. After his great game, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade gave Sexton major props.

Sexton seemed to be in good spirits despite Alabama being down to just the three players. After a free-throw attempt, Sexton high-fived his invisible teammates.

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