Its work done, 'Bama hopes for national title shot

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- The only certainty for No. 2 Alabama is that its postseason destination is New Orleans. When and which game remains to be determined.

The Crimson Tide polished off its body of work with Saturday's 42-14 romp at Auburn.

Now Nick Saban and his players will be spectators while No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 1 LSU each face big games. The worst-case scenario for Alabama is a BCS bid to the Sugar Bowl. But the Tide is hoping to land in the national championship game, possibly for a rematch of an overtime loss to LSU.

Linebacker Dont'a Hightower says the wait will be tough but that the week off is nice. Saban says he thinks the Tide is one of the nation's two best teams and deserves a title shot.