The Alabama Crimson Tide got some help from an old friend on Saturday. Former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart played a role in delivering the Crimson Tide’s third straight SEC West crown.
After Alabama crushed Mississippi State earlier today, all Alabama needed was an Auburn loss to lock up the SEC West division title and a trip to Atlanta. And Georgia and Smart gave the Tigers that loss, as the Bulldogs upset the No. 9(CFP rankings) Tigers, 13-7.
Alabama will represent the SEC West in the SEC Championship game for the sixth time in the Nick Saban era. The Crimson Tide are 4-1 in the previous trips to Atlanta.
Afterwards, Alabama fans took to Twitter to celebrate the Auburn loss and SEC West title.
Alabama is the SEC west champs for the third consecutive year thanks to Georgia's win over auburn. #RollTide
— EST. 1892 (@est1892bamaFB) November 13, 2016
SEC West Champs: Alabama Football. ?❤️?
— Brianne Cronenwett (@BriCronenwett) November 13, 2016
Alabama just captured the SEC West after Auburn loss to GA. RTR.
— Kelly Bruce (@gottogo) November 13, 2016
Alabama also got some help from another former member of the Crimson Tide. Maurice Smith, who transferred from the program to Georgia before the start of the season, scored the only Georgia touchdown on a pick-six.
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) November 12, 2016
The Crimson Tide will also get a crack at Auburn when the two teams meet on Nov. 26. Alabama also has a game against Chattanooga next weekend. In addition to winning the last two SEC West titles, the Crimson Tide have won the last two SEC titles as well.
Alabama’s opponent has not been determined yet. If Florida can beat LSU next Saturday, then the Crimson Tide will play the Gators. If Florida losses and Tennessee wins out, Alabama gets a second contest against Butch Jones’ team.
Saban and company will attempt to become the first team to win three consecutive SEC titles since Florida won four in a row from 1993 to 1996.
The Auburn loss basically means Alabama will be the conference’s best shot at making the College Football Playoff. Alabama represented the SEC in the last two seasons in the College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide lost in the semifinals in 2014, and won it all in 2015.