As expected, the No. 1 team in the country, the Alabama Crimson Tide, rolled over the lowly 0-6 Georgia State Panthers 45-3. There’s not much you can say about a game that goes like this, except that the players need to be careful and not get too confident. With the relative ease of the Crimson Tide’s next few games, Alabama can’t afford to get cocky, especially with this much of the season to go.
The Crimson Tide’s next opponents, the Kentucky Wildcats, are one of the worst teams in the SEC, and, despite a close game against the South Carolina Gamecocks, are nowhere near competing with Alabama. Alabama should roll over the Wildcats fairly easily.
They face the Arkansas Razorbacks after that, in a game that should also be an easy win. Arkansas is showing some small signs of life, but, like Kentucky, are nowhere near ready to take on a team of Alabama’s caliber yet.
So, which upcoming team is the team that Alabama should be worried about? The Tennessee Volunteers.
You might think I’m crazy to suggest that the Volunteers could beat the Crimson Tide, but after that game against the Georgia Bulldogs, anything looks to be possible. Tennessee has a bye week coming up, and then faces a shaky South Carolina team. If the Volunteers can carry their momentum from the Georgia loss into the bye week, they are more than capable of beating South Carolina.
Alabama has a bye week after the Tennessee game, and a game against the LSU Tigers after that. If they get overconfident, the Volunteers can be very dangerous. This is a rivalry game, and anything can happen in a rivalry game; remember a few years ago when the only thing that saved Alabama against Tennessee was a field goal blocked by Terrance Cody?
Although I think Alabama has a slight chance to struggle against Tennessee, the Crimson Tide should be fine, up until the LSU game. Alabama is on a collision course for the national championship, and it’s going to take a miracle to stop them.