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Alabama’s run of championships not over: did officiating cost Tide CFP opportunity?

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For the first time in six years, Alabama finds itself in an unfamiliar spot. 

It will not go to the College Football Playoff and unless Georgia shocks LSU in the Southeastern Conference title game, it also will not be in a New Year’s Six Bowl. While nothing has been determined yet, some projections have the Crimson Tide in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. 

After losing at least two games this season for the first time since 2013, the conversation has been about Alabama’s run of dominance being over. The Crimson Tide was in this same spot during 2013 and 2014, but Nick Saban got it back to the top of the mountain in 2015. 

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He’s made some missteps in the last two years, but the run is not over. 

In Thursday’s airing of In My Own Words, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine discusses the three areas where the Tide must improve or upgrade for next season. 

Along with the missteps, two poor, controversial calls played a role in where Alabama ranks (No.12) at this point.

If the officiating done versus LSU and Auburn was up to par, college football is looking at the Tide in the SEC title game and potentially the CFP.

Although I am not one for conspiracy theories, fans cannot help the fact of how horrendous the officiating was. 

Did two poor calls snub the Tide from the playoff? Check out segment two of the show. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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