The word destiny gets booted around a lot in college sports, usually by fans who wish to ascribe some mystical other-worldliness to their teams winning season.
This is happening quite a bit now with Alabama, especially after winning a game last Saturday on the scoreboard that the Tide lost almost everywhere else on the field.
There werent a lot of statistical high points in Alabamas win over LSU. The Tigers outgained the Tide in the air, on the ground, and off special teams. They won the time-of-possession and turnover battles. They ran more plays, completed more passes, averaged more yards per pass, and converted ten times as many third downs.
So, how did the Tigers lose?
The Tide won because they believed they were going to win. Even though the final drive began at their own 28 with 1:48 left in the game; even tough A.J. McCarron had completed only one pass for zero yards in the second half; even though LSU had beaten them in the second half in every way, ever...