Posted November 14, 2018 07:31:52The 2017 Alabama football season was one of the most compelling in the country.
It featured the Tide defeating Florida in the Sugar Bowl, the No. 1 seed Alabama got to face in the Peach Bowl, and Alabama defeating Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
And, of course, it was the last time the Crimson Tide played the Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl.
But what if it was all a bit more than just the Crimson Dukes’ dominance in the first two weeks?
What if Alabama were to win the rest of the way, and then beat Florida State to the Rose, or Ohio State to Michigan State, or maybe even Michigan State and Florida State?
The Crimson Tide could have done just that, if they didn’t fall to Florida State and lose to Clemson in the second round of the 2017 BCS Championship Game.
The BCS is not about the BCS itself.
It’s about the number of teams in the national championship game that make it.
That’s what separates a good team from a good one.
For Alabama, the BWC was their season.
If they’d won it, they’d have been one of two undefeated teams in college football.
And if they’d lost it, the Crimson Tides would have been a team that hadn’t been ranked in the top five in the B1G since at least 2009.
There’s no doubt Alabama was the best team in the nation in 2017, but it’s hard to argue that they were the best in the SEC, either.
That honor goes to Florida, who finished 11-0 in the league and won a national championship.
The Gators are the only team in college sports to have four national championships, and they’re not even the best of the bunch.
That title belongs to Georgia.
Georgia’s four national titles are all at the F/+ rankings, and it has the best mark in the conference.
The Bulldogs also have three conference championships.
And that is the most wins Georgia has ever had in a single season.
Georgia has played every team in F/+ history in the championship game.
It hasn’t played a team with a worse record than Georgia.
But Alabama has.
The only other team that has a higher mark in FBS is Clemson, which finished 12-0 last season.
Clemson’s two conference championships were at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
In 2017, Alabama had the best record in the entire BCS.
That record also goes to Georgia’s overall record.
Georgia is 6-0 all-time against FBS opponents.
Georgia’s only other FBS opponent against a Power Five opponent was Georgia.
Georgia has played at least one FBS team in every season since 2007.
Alabama has had two more FBS teams against Georgia than Alabama has against anyone else.
Alabama has played six teams with four or fewer wins against Georgia, and Georgia has only played two of those teams (No. 3 Clemson in 2016 and No 1 Georgia in 2017).
The only time Alabama has faced more FCS opponents than Georgia has against Georgia is when the Bulldogs played Georgia in the 2016 Peach Bowl.
That game was a one-game affair, as Georgia lost to the Crimson Flashes 45-21.
The two teams were tied for first in the FCS standings heading into the game, but Clemson knocked Georgia out of the playoff after it beat the Bulldogs on the road.
Alabama won the Peach to finish No. 2 in the AP poll and the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive player.
The AP poll also goes out to the player who has the most All-American honors.
Alabama’s pass-rusher, Haason Reddick, has been named the BSA Defensive Player of the Year three times.
He’s won the Walter Camp Defensive Player Of The Year award, and the Associated Press Defensive Player and Athlete of the year.
In the B-Sectional rankings, Alabama has been No. 5 for seven straight seasons.
It also has been in the Top 5 for two straight years.
Alabama is second in the division and sixth in the ACC.
It is third in the Mountain West.
It has one of three undefeated teams at 12-1.
The last time Alabama beat a Power 5 team was in 2006, when the Crimson Backs defeated Georgia in Atlanta.
The Crimson Tide won that game and reached the Bama Bowl for the first time in the school’s history.
It was a 31-24 win.
Alabama and the Gators won that one because the teams were playing each other in the final week of the regular season.
Florida won that matchup in 2012, but Alabama won it in 2016.
The first time the teams played in the postseason, Alabama came out on top, 28-23.
But the two teams split the first four games of the 2018 BCS championship game before the winner made it to the Sugar and Peach bowls.
It looked like it might be an Alabama