Alabama can only wait to learn fate

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AUBURN, Ala. — Nick Saban posed for pictures, signed a few autographs and then headed for the bus with the regular season over and little to do but wait, hope and, of course, recruit.

Alabama's  Trent Richardson drags Auburn's defense. While the Crimson Tide made their case Saturday to play for a title, Richardson bolstered his Heisman candidacy.  Associated Press
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Alabama's Trent Richardson drags Auburn's defense. While the Crimson Tide made their case Saturday to play for a title, Richardson bolstered his Heisman candidacy.

“See you in New Orleans,” a couple of Alabama fans called out.

Yes, but for which game?

Saban and No. 2 Alabama polished off its body of work with a 42-14 romp Saturday over rival Auburn, and now the Crimson Tide get to be spectators for a week. They’re almost certainly bound for New Orleans, either for the Sugar Bowl or the national championship game.

The other remaining contenders – namely No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Oklahoma State – have to make it through another big game before looking toward the postseason.

For the Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC), it’s like Christmas Eve. A whole lot of waiting and hoping that they get just what they wanted.

“It’s going to be tough,” linebacker Dont’a Hightower said. “But I won’t lie to you: It’s going to be good to get a week off. A lot of guys are banged up.”

But, he added: “I feel like we showed (Saturday) that we’re a national championship contender. I feel like we did everything in our power to do that.”

The most likely scenario would seem to be a rematch against LSU, which sweated out a 9-6 overtime win over Alabama on Nov. 5.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik has faced both Alabama and LSU, losing 45-10 in Baton Rouge.

“I haven’t seen everybody else but I’d be hard-pressed to think that there’s two teams out there better or a team out there better than those two,” Chizik said.

Saban just happens to agree, arguing that his players deserve the shot.

“They’ve worked hard and made a tremendous commitment,” he said. “We didn’t do the things in that (LSU) game that we needed to do to win against a very, very good team.”

Like his team, tailback Trent Richardson made a nice statement. The Heisman Trophy candidate ran for a career-high 203 yards and caught a touchdown pass.

Saban said he feels Richardson’s the nation’s best player, but also put in a strong statement about his character.

“You love saying that about someone who is such a good person and someone who does so much to serve other people,” Saban said. “He is a great teammate. He is a lead er. He cares about everyone around him.”

Richardson’s 1,583 yards ranks only behind the 1,658 Mark Ingram managed in 13 games during his 2009 Heisman season.

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csrareader 11/28/11 - 01:43 pm
LSU vs. Alabama in BCS game

LSU vs. Alabama in BCS game will be nothing more than SEC Consolation Game after the Dawgs beat the Swamp Cats on Saturday.

justthefacts 11/28/11 - 02:13 pm
Love the sentiment, hope you

Love the sentiment, hope you are right.

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