Alabama barely escaped Mississippi State in Starkvegas, needing a touchdown in the final minute to defeat the Bulldogs. If Dan Mullen hadn’t foolishly decided to unload the kitchen sink on a blitz on 3rd and 15, maybe the game goes to overtime. But no.

Alas the Tide are 10-0 and a victory over surging Auburn in the Iron Bowl away from playing for the SEC Championship. That game would be against Georgia.

The Tide appear to be headed toward the College Football Playoff for the fourth year in a row. The website 538 gives Alabama 69 percent of a chance of making the playoff. Given the chaos that could swirl around them, I’d skew a little lower than that, but the Tide are no doubt in a great position.