Bama holds strong as BCS No. 1

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The distance between the University of Alabama and everyone else is getting larger. If the Crimson Tide dispose of No. 5 LSU on Saturday in Baton Rouge, the lead could be too much for any team to make up.

Alabama (8-0, 5-0) remains at No. 1 in the BCS standings after throttling No. 15 Mississippi State 38-7 at home last night. The SEC victory was Alabama's first true signature win of the season and served as the prelude for Saturday's rematch against LSU, whom Alabama beat to win the national championship in January. UA's season-opening win over Michigan has lost some of its luster after the Wolverines dropped out of the Top 25 this week.

The Crimson Tide are No. 1 in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll and USA Today coaches’ poll, which are the other two pieces of the BCS standings formula.

The computer rankings place Alabama at No. 3, trailing Notre Dame and Kansas State who were tied as the top team.

Alabama's resume includes three solid victories away from Bryant-Denny Stadium:

  • a 41-14 win versus Michigan

  • a 44-13 win at Tennessee

  • a 38-7 win over No. 15 Mississippi State

Alabama still has regular-season games remaining against two more teams in the top 20 of the BCS standings:

  • at No. 5 LSU on Saturday

  • vs. No. 16 Texas A&M on Nov. 10

Alabama can secure the SEC West crown by beating LSU (7-1). Only a head-to-head tiebreaker would give LSU the title if both teams were to end the regular season with identical records. Texas A&M and Ole Miss have two conference losses apiece.

Alabama also has games against Western Kentucky and Auburn remaining, both of which have combined for two wins this year.

If Alabama were to make it to the SEC Championship Game, it would likely face No. 6 Georgia. The Bulldogs upset then-No. 2 Florida in Jacksonville this past weekend, 19-7. Florida fell to No. 7.

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