- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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A week ago, the SEC's BCS hopes rode on the backs of Alabama and Missouri. Seven days later, the SEC is all about the crimson and white.
After falling 27-24 in overtime to South Carolina on Saturday, the Tigers dropped from the ranks of the unbeatens and slid from No. 5 in the BCS standings to No. 9. Alabama's dominating 45-10 win over Tennessee kept the Crimson Tide No. 1 in the standings, and it's clear that Alabama holds the league's best chance of making it to the SEC's eighth straight BCS title game.
It only makes sense, considering Alabama is looking for its third straight national championship. With the schedule Alabama has, you have to figure the Tide will be favored from here on out, but the road has some bumps in it. In two weeks, Alabama will host LSU, which stayed at No. 13 in the standings, and travels to the Plains on Nov. 30 to face No. 11 Auburn. If the Tide win out, they will be headed to Pasadena, Calif., for the VIZIO BCS National Championship.
Speaking of Auburn, those Tigers have an outside chance at reaching the BCS title game. Obviously with one loss already on their résumé, the Tigers would need to win out, take home the SEC title and hope a few of the five unbeaten teams -- Florida State, Oregon, Ohio State, Baylor and Miami -- lose before the season ends. The Tigers would probably like No. 8 Clemson and No. 10 Oklahoma to stumble as well. It certainly isn't impossible for Auburn to make like 2010 and play for a national championship, but a lot has to happen.
The same can still be said about Missouri, which also will need to win out, take the SEC and pray for some help in the loss column from the teams ahead of it.
South Carolina and Texas A&M round out the remaining SEC teams in the BCS standings. The Aggies rose from No. 16 to No. 12, while South Carolina jumped from No. 21 to No. 14.
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