But with so many good teams either still undefeated or looking like strong one-loss teams, there's one nightmare scenario that could give the selection committee a very hard time. Baylor has won four conference games by six points or fewer, and it can prove its worth against Oklahoma at home in primetime.
Joe Burrow has been excellent all season but to keep up that high level of play on the road against No. 3 Alabama in primetime goes in a different category, especially since he was sharing the field with Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa.
The Tigers came out flying and led 33-13 at halftime before Alabama got it going in the fourth quarter.
LSU outgained Alabama by a slender 559-541.
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Burrow passed for 393 yards and three touchdowns, answered challenge after challenge and helped end the eight-year string of futility that started with the national title game in January 2012. However, he was just as impressive in evading pressure and produced flashes of the brilliance that saw him initially installed as the favorite to go first overall. Now, the Tide have nearly no chance to win the SEC - they would need to win out and have the Tigers to lose two of their final three games, against 4-6 Ole Miss, 2-8 Arkansas and 6-3 Texas A&M, just to have a shot at winning their division. Tagovailoa had a fumble and an interception in the first half. Edwards-Helaire scored on a one yard run with 26 seconds left.
Given the stakes, the stage and the production, this was arguably the best game Najee Harris has had in an Alabama uniform. The Tigers failed on their two-point attempt to make it 39-27 with 10:07 left in the game.
On the next play, Burrow threw 13 yards to a wide open Clyde-Edwards Helaire for the touchdown. It was a huge step in the right direction, but probably not enough to overcome an otherwise terrible schedule and really make a push for the top four right now.
With the score 46-34 with 90 seconds to play, Tagovailoa (who finished 21-for-40 for 418 yards, four touchdowns and an interception) hit DeVonta Smith for an 85-yard touchdown pass that provided the final margin.