The Night The Tide Rolled Back

By Dan Irwin
Johnny Manziel
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It came out of nowhere, but was a game that was more-or-less decided in the first quarter.

The Texas A&M Aggies, a mid-tier Big 12 conference team less than a year ago, came to Tuscaloosa and shocked the college football world on Saturday night by upending the undefeated and defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide.

And although no city in America may have done more celebrating than Auburn, Ala., three major college football giants of the 2012 season were in pure ecstasy. None may be happier than the fans of the Oregon Ducks, who will now likely move into the No. 2 BCS position when rankings are announced on Sunday night.

The Kansas State Wildcats, a recent laughing stock in the Big 12, and coming off of a season that they performed around par at best, are now in line to be the No. 1 ranked team in the nation.

Could this in fact, against all odds, turn into a season where the SEC isn’t even represented in the national championship game?

When the BCS rankings come out, someone will always be disappointed. Never is a team generally okay with being No. 3, or anywhere else where they’re just excluded from any particular achievement.

Even with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish putting together a convincing performance against the Boston College Eagles on Sunday night, there’s no way that I can see Alabama dropping farther than No. 3, much to the utter dismay of fans in South Bend. You put Alabama and Notre Dame on a neutral field, and there’s no way you can tell me Notre Dame will be the better team.

If Kansas State and Oregon can both hold on to their unbeaten seasons, there will be nothing that Alabama, the LSU Tigers or Georgia Bulldogs will be able to do about it. No one in the SEC controls any kind of destiny to the national championship game any longer; it’s Kansas State’s or Oregon’s to lose.

The loss is also bad news for the Florida Gators, who can still win out and get left out of a BCS Bowl. Much the same way the Arkansas Razorbacks were handed some BCS injustice in 2011, so too the Gators may taste the same fate.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for Alabama fans. They now get to put on the cap of the team who opposes the Wildcats and Ducks and hope for just one small slip. They may still be well on their way to the national championship game, and another one-loss championship season.

Dan Irwin is a sports writer for Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @ danirwin_rant or on Facebook at ““.

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