Week 4 Five Thoughts: 2) Can Anyone Come Close To Alabama?
After destroying Vanderbilt and looking as strong as ever, is Alabama beatable?
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Of course, just when we all start to think that a team is unbeatable, college football goes college football and a group of 18-to-22-year-old kids have an off day.
But with the way the schedule is shaping up, really, is there anyone who can at least give Alabama a fight?
Where are the problems? What’s the weak link?
The pass rush isn’t anywhere near the killer it’s been the past few seasons, but that hasn’t seemed to matter a lick so far.
Alabama is fifth in the nation in run defense, the secondary has been a rock, and outside of a few late points against Colorado State, no one has done much of anything, even with the lack of steady pressure in the backfield.
The running game continues to be amazing, starting with a great start from the line. Jalen Hurts is averaging eight yards per carry and has been ultra-efficient so far, Damien Harris is averaging over eight yards per pop, and Bo Scarbrough looks back to being Bo Scarbrough again.
How air-tight has this year’s version been? Try no turnovers in the first four games with just 19 penalties – Bama isn’t giving anyone else a shot.
Knock The Process all you want, but the Crimson Tide are once again playing at the highest of high levels, and it doesn’t appear to be ready to stop.
So where’s the misfire going to come? When will the No. 1 team start to look mortal?
Ole Miss? At Texas A&M? Arkansas? Tennessee? Have any of those four done anything to think that they can tough a Crimson Tide squad that went batspit, sky-is-falling crazy-mad after allowing a few garbage points to Colorado State?
Alabama 59, Vanderbilt 0. The Commodores had just three more third downs and 78 yards of total offense more than you did against Bama in their big Meet The New Jan Brady showcase moment. That’s what happens when this Tide team is focused and angry.
Has LSU shown you enough to think that it can pull off the win in Tuscaloosa? Do you believe in Mississippi State to get the job done in Starkville? How about Auburn at the end of the rainbow?
There’s still a long way to go, but if what happened on Saturday night in Nashville is a sign of things to come, uh-oh.