ATLANTA -- Barrett Jones hobbled into Alabama's locker room in the bowels of the Georgia Dome, two crutches supporting the 6-foot-5, 302-pound All-America center's frame.
"You guys don't mind if I take a seat, do you?" Jones asked the collected media as he took a seat in front off his locker, his No. 2 Crimson Tide having beat third-ranked Georgia 32-28 for the SEC title and a spot in the BCS Championship Game.
He was drained. Physically -- suffering an undisclosed injury he said wouldn't keep him from playing for a national title -- and emotionally after a game that he would call "probably my favorite win I've ever had."
But Alabama isn't finished yet. For much of the nation, this was the national title game. The Tide, though, have simply earned the right to play to keep their conference perched atop the college football world.
Six straight SEC titles, two of which came courtesy of these Tide. Standing between them and No. 7 is No. 1. Notre Dame.
Dynasty vs. Revival.
In a sea...