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Associated Press photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- LSU players celebrate during the game against Alabama last year


Tiger Stadium may be where opponents’ dreams go to die, but not for Alabama. For the second straight time, the Crimson Tide has kept its national championship hopes alive with a last-ditch scoring drive. Bama’s march for the field goal that sent the game to overtime covered 55 yards — 15 more than the Tide had in the rest of the second half. And on its overtime possession, Alabama overcame two penalties to reach the end zone.


No doubt criticism will arise of Les Miles’ late-game strategy and other snafus by the Tigers in the closing minutes. After LSU took the 13-10 lead in the final minute, Alabama got a break when Trent Domingue’s squib kickoff went out of bounds, letting the Tide start at its 35. There was no pressure on Blake Sims in the drive for the tying field goal, and the LSU defense looked gassed in OT. Then, four incomplete passes for a pass-resistant offense on the Tigers’ possession. Take your pick of things to dissect, Tigers fans.


Alabama’s path towards the first College Football Playoff semifinals is now clear (but still difficult) — win at home against Mississippi State and Auburn and then in the SEC Championship game. Pulling out a victory in front of 102,000 in Tiger Stadium earns you that. For LSU, now 7-3, the final two games on the road at Arkansas and rejuvenated Texas A&M will determine if the Tigers are in a New Year’s bowl or something further down the pecking order. After Saturday’s heartbreak, who knows?