- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Alabama found another way to break LSU fans’ hearts.
After beating LSU (7-3, 3-3 SEC) for the fourth straight time, No. 5 Alabama (8-1, 5-1) seems likely to jump into the top four in the next College Football Playoff rankings.
Let’s recap how the Tide rallied for a key SEC West victory.
How the game was won: LSU’s defense dominated the second half, but Alabama managed to drive 55 yards in the final minute of regulation and force overtime with Adam Griffith's 27-yard field goal. After White’s OT touchdown, Cyrus Jones broke up Anthony Jennings' fourth-down pass to Malachi Dupre in the end zone to secure the win.
Game ball goes to: Blake Sims. Alabama’s quarterback couldn’t get anything done for much of the second half, but Sims (20-for-45, 209 yards, 2 TDs) coolly led the Tide downfield after LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye's 39-yard field goal put the Tigers up 13-10 with 50 seconds to play. After forcing overtime, Sims hit White with what turned out to be the game-winning pass.
What it means: Alabama is alive and well in the playoff and division races. The Crimson Tide can jump into the driver’s seat in the SEC West by beating top-ranked Mississippi State on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. LSU had a chance to re-enter the division and playoff pictures but likely drops out of contention for both with its third conference loss.
Playoff implication: Thanks to Auburn’s loss to Texas A&M, Alabama will probably enter the top four in the College Football Playoff rankings this week. Meanwhile, any talk of LSU becoming a playoff dark horse ended with Saturday’s loss.
What’s next: Alabama will host No. 1 Mississippi State on Saturday. LSU will play at Arkansas next Saturday night.