Because it’s Alabama — and only because it’s Alabama — this is going to be more complicated than it needs to be.

If we lived in a logical world, Saturday’s 46-41 loss to LSU would be case closed. Alabama, which does not own a win against a top-25 team much less a good team, won’t win the SEC or even the SEC West and lost at home in the game it needed to win, should not be in the College Football Playoff. Barring some sort of nationwide catastrophe, there are going to be enough good options for the selection committee among a group of teams who have played better opponents and won conference titles that Alabama should be outside the very fringe of that discussion.

And yet, we know what’s going to happen over the next month. The SEC propaganda machine is going to kick into high gear, the excuses are going to flow in and the benefit of the doubt that the college football establishment gives exclusively to Alabama will creep into the discussion.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban walks away after meeting with victorious LSU head coach Ed Orgeron.

How is this going to end up? Who knows? But if we held Alabama to the same standard we hold everyone else, the conversation would be pretty black and white. When you get a top-10 opponent at home, and it’s the only top-10 team you play all year, you need to win that game. And if you don’t, you need to win your conference. 

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