Alabama positioned to become 3rd wire-to-wire AP No. 1

They'll look to help close the building down with another momentous win on New Year's Eve.

Saban is 7-3 in postseason games at Alabama, earning wins over Clemson (2016 CFP National Championship Game), Michigan State (2016 CFP Semifinal Game at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic), Notre Dame (2013 BCS National Championship Game at the Orange Bowl), LSU (2012 BCS National Championship Game at the Sugar Bowl), Michigan State (2011 Capital One Bowl), Texas (2010 BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl) and Colorado (2007 Independence Bowl).

Rounding out this year's top six bowl game odds are Michigan (-7) vs. Florida State in the Orange Bowl on December 30, Auburn vs. Oklahoma (-4.5) in the Sugar Bowl on January 2, and Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin (-7.5) in the Cotton Bowl on January 2. "I don't think anyone would dispute that". It's another part of being a Coug - wanting your biggest rival to lose no matter the circumstances.

"It kind of crushed you a little bit", said linebacker Jarrad Davis, who gutted it out on a bad ankle.

Tomlinson graduated from Henry County High School, so any game back in his home state feels familiar; but if you play for Alabama, you probably know the Georgia Dome well.

And Alabama hasn't lost one, not this year.

"I have two granddaughters that attend the University of Alabama", said John Sutton.

"Washington's a joke. Waste of time for Saban".

"I think it's awesome", third-year Washington coach Chris Petersen said. "There's a life lesson in there somewhere".

That's A-L-A-B-A-M-A. Unbeaten. Better than any other college football team this season.

I'm typically blinded by my Coug-ness, but I saw what happened in the Apple Cup - we had our rear ends handed to us. Please see our terms of service for more information. But the Cornhuskers were a top-10 team in late October and their best victory of the season was against Minnesota. But what we talked about this morning was the quality wins Washington has this year. Wrong again, as in really wrong again.

The 2016 Peach Bowl point spread for Alabama vs. Washington has already been set with just under a month before the game arrives.

Alabama's defense did exactly what it's done all season, which is create turnovers and points while dominating the opponent's efforts in the running game. Indeed, anything short of a national title will be a disappointment for the team at this point.

After Florida's opening drive, Alabama's defense responded on the Gators' next possession with an interception that led to a field goal.

UF limited Alabama to six offensive plays and minus-7 yards of offense in the first quarter. Florida never recovered from the Tide's 17 points off turnovers.

That's the difference between these two programs right now. Call it the "oh, yeah?" factor.

The Orlando native didn't fare much better during the rest of No. 15 Florida's 54-16 loss to No. 1 Alabama on Saturday in the SEC Championship Game.

If it's Ohio State or Clemson, he said, people wanting to attend the game can get ready to "pay significantly more" than face value for tickets. JK Scott was named first team punter.

Washington (12-1, Pac-12) vs Alabama (13-0, SEC), Dec. 31, 3 p.m. ET.

I fully expect the Huskies to respond with an "oh, yeah?" after weeks of hearing about Alabama nonstop.

"It's just good to still be playing", added wire receiver ArDarius Stewart.

Reuben Foster went from resembling Patrick Willis and Ray Lewis during his MVP performance to giggling like a child as specks of blue, yellow and gold confetti fell from the sky and coated his pearly white Alabama uniform.