If we learned anything from Alabama's unprecedented journey to the BCS National Championship last season, it's to never count a one-loss Crimson Tide team out.
That's going to be the case again this year.
Despite losing to Texas A&M on Saturday, Alabama still has a relatively easy path to what could be another national title run.
Assuming it can get by Western Carolina and Auburn — which currently combine for a 3-17 record — Bama will be representing the SEC West in the conference championship game.
At this point it's also pretty easy to assume that it will be meeting with Georgia, which sits atop the East and has yet to play Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech to finish out the regular season.
Neither team will have seen an SEC opponent for an entire three weeks.
A win here will not come to easy, as Georgia has found a lot of recent success, highlighted by a 17-9 win over then-ranked No. 2 Florida. In addition to their defensive resurgence, the Bulldogs will be playing a virtual home game in the Georgia Dome (Atlanta Falcons).
But let's say Nick Saban has his boys ready and the Tide roll. Then what?
As of today, Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame are No. 1, 2 and 3 teams in the BCS Standings, respectively. Ideally, Alabama would want two of those teams to go down in the next few weeks. Which could definitely happen.
When Alabama fell to LSU in Week 10 last season, it fell just one spot to No. 3 overall — behind Oklahoma State (Big 12), but in front of an undefeated Stanford team (Pac-12).
Think about that: it's nearly the same situation as today, just one week later into the year.
I'm not saying that the Tide would jump an undefeated Oregon team or even Kansas State would get in over Alabama, but the computers do love Saban and the SEC.
There's definitely the possibility that a one-loss Alabama squad would get in over an undefeated Oregon or Notre Dame (especially the latter). But unfortunately for Tide Nation, this year's competition is a little more stiff and will make things very difficult for a third national championship appearance since 2009.
Alabama just needs to focus on the task at hand by taking things week-by-week. And to be big Texas/USC fans.