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Crimson Tide benefit from not playing

Originally Published: October 31, 2010
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Oregon jumped Auburn to become the No. 1 team in the BCS standings, but Alabama might have been the biggest winner in college football this weekend.

And the Crimson Tide didn't even play on Saturday.

For the Crimson Tide to return to the Jan. 10 BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz., they needed Michigan State and Missouri to lose one of their remaining regular-season games. Even if Alabama won each of its last four regular-season games and won the SEC championship ...

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