Alabama center Barrett Jones tried to remain calm in front of the television Saturday night when Baylor took an early lead on Kansas State, No. 1 in the B.C.S., and Stanford stood toe-to-toe with No. 2 Oregon. But when the Bears put away the Wildcats and the two-loss Cardinal shocked the Ducks, Jones said he and his friends became rather “uncomposed.” They left his apartment near The Strip on campus and joined the many revelers in the street.
And with that, a nervous week for the Southeastern Conference had come to an end. Alabama (10-1), little more than a week removed from a home loss to Texas A&M, is in control of its fate again, as is Georgia (10-1), giving the SEC two teams with a solid chance to play for the Bowl Championship Series title and run the league’s streak of national championships to seven.