Alabama Crimson Tide Get Break in Schedule

By Tim Letcher

The Alabama Crimson Tide is 4-0 on the season, and have survived an initial stretch of seemingly tough games. There were wins over the Texas A&M Aggies and the Ole Miss Rebels, a pair of teams ranked when ‘Bama faced them. There was a win over the Virginia Tech Hokies, and a win over the Colorado State Rams.

Only the A&M game was really close, as the Tide won 49-42 in College Station. So with that stretch of games out of the way, and with the Tide still undefeated, they deserve a prize, right?

Their prize is a four-game stretch of games that should easily allow Alabama to be 8-0 before they play another ranked team. It starts this week when the Tide host Georgia State. That’s followed by a trip to Lexington to face the 1-3 Kentucky Wildcats. Then back home for a pair of games against the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Tennessee Volunteers.

Alabama should handle all of these games with relative ease. After the Tennessee game, Alabama has a week off before hosting the LSU Tigers on November 9, in a game that will likely decide the SEC Western Division. If the Tide can get past the Tigers again this season, a trip to the SEC Championship Game would almost certainly await them.

The 2013 Crimson Tide has shown the ability to sleepwalk through certain games. They did not play well in the opener against Virginia Tech, and they weren’t particularly impressive against Colorado State. But when the Tide gets angry, they play well. They had the revenge factor working against A&M (and specifically Johnny Manziel). They were motivated against Ole Miss because of the comments of some Rebel players leading up to the game.

If Nick Saban can find a way to keep this team motivated, they have enough talent to win all of their regular season games. Even if they’re not motivated over the next four games, they should have enough talent to win anyway.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher, on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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