Crimson Tide’s Domination Of Georgia Sends A Clear Message: Alabama Is Back
There were questions after the defense gave up more than 600 yards to Ole Miss the previous week but make no mistake, Alabama is back and not only that, but the “Bama factor” is back.
So watch out SEC and college football.
The Crimson Tide proved that by dismantling Georgia in the second half, winning going away 41-24. Alabama scored three touchdowns in a 10-minute span during the third quarter and the maligned defense got two interceptions as the Tide was rising and the Bulldogs rolled over like harmless puppies.
After this resounding thumping of what was the country’s No. 3 team, do you think any remaining team on the schedule is anxious to face Alabama? Like earlier years under Nick Saban, Alabama has won the remaining games on its schedule before it steps on the field. That’s the “Bama factor.”
Do you think Tennessee, which was pounded in the second half by the same Georgia team and then steamrolled by Kentucky, wants any part of the Tide? Heck no. The teams play this Saturday in Knoxville and even if there were no coronavirus restrictions on spectators, you would be hard pressed to find 20% of Vols fans who would want to go to Neyland Stadium to watch the beatdown.
Mississippi State, which the Tide hosts on Halloween night? Ha. The Bulldogs have scored just four touchdowns in their last three games.
LSU? The Tigers would rather “geaux” hide in a Louisiana swamp than have its non-existence get swamped by Bama’s offense.
Kentucky? The Cats might actually have the best chance to handle Bama but if Georgia’s defense couldn’t stop the Tide, what chance do the Cats have against it?
Auburn? Well it’s not on the Plains so this could be the biggest Iron Bowl romp in the Saban era. The Tigers are 2-2 and should well be 1-3 or even 0-4 if officials errors had been corrected in those two “wins.” They are going backward as fast as Bo Nix under a pass rush.
Arkansas? The Hogs have been impressive in winning two SEC contests – it would be three had correctly officiated the end of the Auburn game – but they are certainly not silly enough to start “we want Bama” chants.
That leaves the SEC Championship game and while Georgia would like to be in it, there’s no way the Dawgs would be excited about again facing the Tide.
That leaves national teams and certainly Clemson would relish playing Alabama. It remains to be seen what other team (or teams) will be in the way of Saban winning a sixth National Championship at Alabama.
And keep this in mind – the players’ confidence is soaring and they will only get better the rest of the season.
Yes, the “Bama factor” is back and the rest of the league and all of college football has taken notice of it.