Don’t tell Nick Saban and co. they can’t, or won’t, do something. Last week was all about questioning Alabama (4-0, 2-0) – everything from the secondary to the offensive line to whether the Tide were actually worthy of being ranked No. 1 or good enough to stop Ole Miss.
Well, Alabama whipped Ole Miss 25-0 and showed the country how tired it was of hearing how good it wasn’t. The Crimson Tide didn’t like hearing that Ole Miss was going to score frequently, so Alabama shut the Rebels out and held them to just 205 yards of offense and 11 first downs. Meanwhile, the Alabama offense rolled up 434 yards, quieting a lot of its doubters in the process.
The second thing we learned is the Crimson Tide will remain No. 1 at least until Nov. 9. Saban might not be fond of focusing on records, but it’s hard to ignore the obvious – there is absolute no reason to think Alabama won’t make it to November undefeated. Saban got through a rough, inconsistent start to the season intact, and is in the driver’s seat for another run to the national championship. For the next month, he’ll be in the enviable position of fine-tuning his team’s mistakes against lesser competition.
What to look for in Week 6: On the field – second-straight shutout victory and a dominant start to October. No team in the SEC has an easier next five weeks than Alabama, with Georgia State, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee up next. Off the field – more details to emerge about the money HaHa Clinton-Dix allegedly received from one of Alabama’s assistant strength and conditioning coaches. This situation is cause for major concern if what has been reported so far is true. The Crimson Tide could go from 4-0 to 1-5 if Clinton-Dix is deemed an ineligible participant in the next several games.