The 2013 college football regular season is rapidly coming to an end which means teams begin to see where they stand in terms of conference and national rankings.
At this point in the season teams know whether or not they are a legitimate national title contender or even a contender in their own conference.
The season outlook for the remainder of the 2013 season for the two-time defending national champions, Alabama Crimson Tide, is very clear and their eye is on the BCS title trophy once again.
The Crimson Tide are coming off a 38-17 victory over their SEC West rival LSU Tigers.
This gave the Tide a clear path to make their way back to a third straight national championship game if they can take care of business in their final three regular season games and the SEC title game.
The Tide have two huge road games remaining in November, including a trip to long time rival Auburn.
This coming week Alabama plays the Mississippi Bulldogs in Starkville, Mississippi.This game will be crucial to get past because of the fact the Tide are coming off their game against LSU.
I bring this point up because of the fact Texas A&M defeated Alabama the week following Alabama’s win over LSU last year.
The Tide then play Chattanooga in a game that will hopefully be eliminated from team’s schedules in the future.A game like this starting next year will hurt team’s strength of schedule and could possibly prevent them from entering the college football’s version of the final four playoffs.
In the final week of the regular season for Alabama they face long time foe the Auburn Tigers in Auburn. The Tigers have had one of the remarkable bounce back seasons in all of college football rebounding from a 3-9 season in 2012.
The Auburn Tigers lost 49-0 last year to Alabama and led to the firing of former Auburn coach Gene Chizik.The Tide will have to deal with a renewed Auburn team that could possibly be 10-1 entering the showdown in Auburn.
The Iron Bowl could be a winner take all in terms of the SEC West divisional race with the winner going to the SEC championship game.
A loss to Auburn would most certainly end Alabama’s national title chances and also could end the SEC’s run of national title dominance.
Alabama, at this point, seems to be the only SEC team still alive with a real shot of playing for a national championship and a loss to Auburn would eliminate Alabama from the national title race.
The 2013 Iron Bowl has the possibility of being one of the best in recent memories and easily the best since the 2010 classic.
The Crimson Tide would then be making back to back appearances in the SEC title game with a shot at three straight national championship game bids.
The Tide would likely face the Missouri Tigers who only have one loss this season. This game would give the Alabama secondary a test with big wide receivers like Dorial Green-Beckham and Marcus Lucas on the Missouri side.
The Tide would likely be a double digit favorite against the Missouri Tigers, but this would be the toughest test remaining aside from the Iron Bowl.
Alabama seems in prime position to make it three straight national title appearances and would likely be favored in that national title game regardless the opponent.
This Tide team seems unbeatable at times this season and very well may be in the end. The Tide had the benefit of a soft schedule in October which has them rested and pretty healthy for the stretch run.
I believe the Crimson Tide win out with their closest game being in the Iron Bowl against Auburn.The Tide are on track to play the Florida State Seminoles if the BCS standings stay as they currently are. I feel the Tide would be too much for the Seminoles and would be the only team to make Jameis Winston actually look like a freshman.
The Tide were able to rattle a redshirt freshman last year in the national title game against Notre Dame when they faced Everett Golsen. I believe Winston is much better than Golsen was at the same time last year, but still not enough to beat the Crimson Tide defense.
This 2013 season looks to be another dream season for Alabama and no one is strong enough out there to stop them this year. The beat rolls on and Alabama is all but certain to be holding another crystal trophy in Pasadena, the exact spot this Alabama dynasty started in 2009.