Alabama Crimson Tide: What We Learned In Week 3, What To Look For In Week 4

By Scott Page
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The Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0, 1-0) is the No. 1 team for a reason, but it may not be the best team in college football right now. Until someone knocks them off, the Tide will retain their top ranking, especially with the big win over Texas A&M (2-1, 0-1) under their belt now. But this team still has some issues that could factor into a potential loss down the road.

Is the Bama secondary really that average or are Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans just an unstoppable duo? The 464 passing yards the Aggies racked up was a large proportion of the school record 628 total yards allowed by the Tide. It could be that both are true, and that’s not comforting for Alabama, considering there are some other really talented quarterbacks and receivers – and offenses in general – in the SEC.

Ole Miss (3-0, 1-0) has a dynamic offense led by Bo Wallace, who has ample weapons in Jeff Scott, Donte Moncrief and Laquon Treadwell. Then there is LSU’s (3-0, 0-0) Zach Mettenberger and his supremely gifted WR duo – Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham. In fact, given they also have a bruising rushing attack and a championship-caliber defense, the Tigers might be a better overall team than Alabama at this point.

On the flip side, we were relieved to be reminded that there is nothing wrong with QB AJ McCarron, who lit up the Aggies for 334 yards and four touchdowns. The offensive line played better, and T.J. Yeldon looked like the second coming of Adrian Peterson we thought he would be, slicing through A&M’s defense for 149 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.

What to look for in Week 4: A complete performance against a heavy underdog, Colorado State. In game one, Alabama struggled offensively but shined on defense and special teams. Against Texas A&M, the Tide rebounded with a great offensive performance but took a step back on defense. Week 4 provides this team a perfect opportunity to put it all together for an all-around dominant performance. If they don’t, there could be real reason to worry in Tuscaloosa.

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