Now it's out of Alabama's hands.
The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide have not only lost that aura of invincibility that seemed to surround Nick Saban's team through eight games and the final two minutes against LSU, but surrendered control of their fate in the national title derby. No. 9 Texas A&M made sure of that with Johnny Manziel's dazzling performance and a goal line stand in last Saturday's 29-24 upset.
Alabama, which hosts Western Carolina on Saturday, fell three spots from its nearly season-long perch atop the rankings and now must hope for some sort of shakeup among No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Kansas State and No. 3 Notre Dame.
The word of the night from Saban was "recommit,'' and he used it several times after the game. The Tide (9-1, 6-1 SEC) nearly duplicated their last-minute game-winning drive of the previous week against LSU, but still had plenty of issues that had seldom crept up against lesser competition.
"I was really concerned about this week,'' Saban said. "We seeme...