Alabama vs. Arkansas: Blowout Proves LSU Will Be Bama's Only True Test in 2012

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IISeptember 15, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - SEPTEMBER 15:   AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide throws a pass during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Alabama Crimson Tide destroyed the Arkansas Razorbacks 52-0 and proved that LSU will be the only team that will give the Tide a competitive game in the 2012 regular season.

Arkansas is the second team in three weeks to start the year in the top 10 of the AP Top 25 preseason poll, but it suffered an embarrassing defeat to Alabama.

Claiming that Michigan was overrated and that Arkansas would have been a significantly tougher opponent with Tyler Wilson, are both reasonable arguments. However, starting the season as a top-10 team means that there is a significant amount of talent at all positions on the roster, and losing one player cannot be the difference between a close game and a 52-0 loss. 

Both Michigan and Arkansas had flaws exposed, but both teams have as much talent or more than any of the Tide’s remaining opponents, with the exception of the Tigers.

Alabama will likely record its fourth consecutive blowout next week when it faces Florida Atlantic, and then the Tide will continue with its SEC schedule. From here until the end of the regular season, No. 3 LSU and No. 23 Tennessee are the only teams Alabama will face that are currently ranked.

With the best offensive line in the country, a stable of incredibly talented running backs and A.J. McCarron proving to be a calm, efficient passer, the offense will destroy every defense it goes against with the exception of Les Miles’ unit.

The defense does not appear to take have taken a step back from last year, despite losing several starters to the NFL. With a dominant defense and an offense that plays physical, mistake-free football, this team will walk over any team that is not one of the top programs in the country. 

The only matchup with a team like this is on Saturday, November 3 in Baton Rouge. If the Crimson Tide win this game, they will not only win every other game on the schedule, but they will dominate those games.

Their next test after LSU will not come until the SEC championship game.

The gap between Alabama and any team outside of the top 10 is massive, and the only time Crimson Tide fans will have their blood pressure raised during a game that has already been scheduled is the showdown with LSU.