What the win means for Alabama
Even with a quality win over a top-15 opponent, it appears unlikely that Alabama will move up in the new College Football Playoff Rankings on Tuesday given no one ranked ahead of the Tide lost Saturday. While No. 7 Texas looked shaky in the second half of a dramatic win over No. 23 Kansas State, the Longhorns own a head-to-head road win over the Tide. That result will make it difficult for Alabama to jump Texas in the rankings so long as both are one-loss teams.
But Saturday's win all but assures the Tide of a spot in Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 2. At 8-1 (6-0 SEC), Alabama has just two league games -- both on the road against Kentucky and Auburn. As long as it wins one -- Bama will be favored heavily in both -- it will represent the SEC West in the league title game. Alabama's closest challenger in the division race is No. 10 Ole Miss (8-1, 5-1 SEC), and the Tide own a head-to-head win over the Rebels, who must play at No. 2 Georgia next week. But even if Ole Miss upsets Georgia, it would need Alabama to lose both of its remaining league games since the Tide own the head-to-head advantage against the Rebels.