Alabama should actively avoid field goals, and everyone but Nick Saban appears to know this. Down three points in the Iron Bowl with just under two minutes remaining, Bama trotted out kicker Joseph Bulovas for a potential game-tying kick. There was no way this way going to go well!
Yet, Alabama still had a chance to get the ball back with a defensive stand. Facing a sure punting situation of a fourth-and-four, Nick Saban and Co. inexplicably sent twelve men onto the field for the return, and the refs caught the Crimson Tide out of position.
The penalty gave Auburn a first down, and the Tigers notched the Iron Bowl win, ending Alabama's CFP chances as a result.
Alabama had 13 penalties on the day, which is unusual for a Saban-coached team, especially with a CFP spot potentially on the line. Suddenly, the committee's job just got a lot easier.