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Alabama eliminated from SEC competition before facing Ole Miss

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This season didn’t go according to the usual script for Alabama’s football program. Most years, fans spend the month of November debating whether Alabama will win the SEC title game and which of the four spots in the college football playoffs they will ultimately claim.

This season, their dream may already have been dashed before we reach mid-November.

Alabama stepped in this weekend and needed some help to even have a chance of making it to the SEC title game.

They were a game behind LSU after losing to the Tigers in Baton Rouge last week. That meant LSU would have to lose each of their last 2 SEC games for Alabama to win the SEC West.

LSU dashed those hopes before Alabama even took the field today, beating Arkansas 13-10 and ensuring Alabama will miss the title game for the first time since 2019.

LSU’s victory over Arkansas eliminates Alabama from SEC title fight

Now all LSU has to do is stop Ole Miss, who is currently playing Alabama. Both teams lost just 1 SEC, but Ole Miss’ loss came against LSU.

Despite the fact that the odds makers somehow placed Alabama with the sixth-best chance of winning the college football playoffs this season, LSU’s win should all but eliminate the Crimson Tide from this season as well.

The playoff committee has never let a two-loss team in and now Bama won’t have an SEC title to bolster his case for a berth.

Now only LSU can help Alabama, as a win by The Tide would officially put the Tigers in the SEC championship game. At least they can still throw themselves into a New Year’s 6 bowl if they win.