ALL they need to do is to beat a depleted LSU team at home and win vs A&M and they are in the NC game again. No wonder they call Saban god.
Recent history has shown they can't even do that with their rediculously easy schedules.
Have you not been paying attention? They couldn't do it in 2011 and needed ESPN to give them a mulligan.
They couldn't do it in 2012 and relied on the scheduling imbalance to secure the SECW (LSU and aTm both had to play UF. LSU also had to play USC).
Bama is literally having it handed to them on a silver platter in the regular season, and when they inevitably fail, ESPN is there to rescue them.
Face it, CFB is a farce. I just find it funny that the people that make it a farce are starting to point it out now.