Published November 27, 2011 - 8:36am
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Alabama dominated Auburn. Trent Richardson furthered his Heisman campaign. The Alabama defense suffocated Gus Malzahn’s offense. The calls for the rematch are everywhere. LSU dominating Arkansas arguably helps Alabama’s cause even more because the 9-6 overtime loss to LSU looks more impressive with LSU remaining undefeated.
The problem is Oklahoma State can jump Alabama in the BCS and get into the BCS Championship Game.
Next week, Alabama won’t be playing since LSU won the division and will play in the SEC Championship. However, Oklahoma State will be playing Oklahoma in a #4 vs #9 matchup. Oklahoma State already leads Alabama in the computer rankings, but Alabama is ahead of Ok State in the human polls.
Unfortunately, human polls are swayed by the “out of sight, out of mind” factor more than computer rankings, so an impressive victory over Oklahoma could easily jump Oklahoma State over Alabama. Plus, you have a percentage of the voters who want to avoid either an all-SEC BCS Championship, a rematch of the 9-6 Alabama-LSU game or both.
Alabama needs Oklahoma State to lose next week. If that happens, Alabama will get in.
Back to the Auburn game… Trent Richardson did his thing again rushing for over 200 yards. But is it enough to win the Heisman? Recent years have shown the Heisman voting system become a highly regional popularity contest so it’s likely Richardson dominates the southeast vote, but doesn’t dominate other regions like the west coast (Andrew Luck). Regardless, he’s an unreal athlete. See video below: