Season over, Tide in line for BCS title shot

Here’s a bonus story for today’s paper that everyone gets for free. It’s a glance at the BCS situation as it pertains to Alabama’s hopes at the national title game:

AUBURN — “LSU, LSU, LSU.”

The three letters echoed through the emptying Jordan-Hare Stadium early Saturday evening. Having just watched their team avenge its most disheartening defeat in Iron Bowl history, the few thousand Alabama fans in attendance quickly changed gears.

That 42-14 pounding of Auburn, paired with a string of upsets elsewhere in the past month, put Alabama in a familiar place under foreign circumstances.

Barring another unforeseen twist of fate, the No. 2 Crimson Tide is all but assured of a spot in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9. And that would mean a rematch with No. 1 LSU in its own backyard.

Alabama coach Nick Saban made his case to the voters who partly determine who plays for the crystal football in the New Orleans. Saban holds a ballot in the USA Today coaches poll and chuckled when asked if Alabama would be in his top two.

“Yeah, you’re all going to get to see my vote,” he said smiling. “So now you know what it is.”

Nothing is official until the final BCS standings are released in six days, but Alabama holds a healthy lead over No. 3 Oklahoma State in the version released Sunday night. The coaches poll and the Harris Interactive poll make up two-thirds of the BCS formula, with six computer polls combining for the rest.

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