Alabama Football: What Domination of Arkansas Means for Tide's Title Repeat Hope
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The Alabama Crimson Tide's 52-0 blowout win over the Arkansas Razorbacks was eerily similar to how an imaginary game between the New England Patriots and the Savannah State Tigers might unfold.
The question on many college football fans' minds after Week 3 is, are we witnessing the greatest college football season ever?
Sure, we are only a quarter of the way into the season, but the quality of play from Tuscaloosa has been incredible.
In its three games so far, Alabama has outscored its opponents 128-14. Those measly 14 points came against Denard Robinson and the No. 17-ranked Michigan Wolverines, who just scored 63 points against UMass.
Before the season started and before Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson was slated to miss the game against 'Bama, the Arkansas matchup was expected to be a quality battle between two SEC teams.
Instead, the game became an Arkansas football massacre that was painful to endure for fans at Razorback stadium.
Analysts are skeptical to presume too much from early-season wins, as many things can change as the late summer turns to autumn.
In fact, Tide fans held their breath after quarterback A.J. McCarron had his hand stepped on during a botched snapped at the goal line late in the second quarter. McCarron will be fine, escaping with only a bruise, but the play exemplifies how a season can switch to panic at any moment.
At this moment, however, the Alabama offense and defense is clicking at every position, playing at a high level of performance that makes seemingly competitive teams roll over and play dead.
Taking a look at their remaining schedule, the Crimson Tide do not face a real threat until the November 3rd matchup against the LSU Tigers in a rematch of last year's National Title game.
The Tigers have won all three of their games in decisive fashion, winning by margins of 27, 38 and 49 points. However, LSU does not have a competitive matchup until its stretch of three of four games against Florida, South Carolina and Alabama.
What the Arkansas game proved for this Alabama team is that if it can continue firing on all cylinders, no team—not even LSU—will be able to hinder the Roll Tide.
McCarron was effective, as was junior running back Eddie Lacy, who crossed the goal line three times on the day.
Will Alabama go 12-0 and win back-to-back championships?
Head coach Nick Saban worked the offensive line hard in the midweek to improve upon the six sacks sustained against Western Kentucky in Week 2. The hard work paid off, as McCarron stayed on his feet the entire game.
The offense did not turn over the ball while the defense stole it away from the Arkansas offense five times.
The one thing the Alabama players need to avoid is flaunting a big head.
They know they're good. They know they're very good, and they may be sitting on the top of the world at the moment.
But there will be no championship run if they slack off or refuse to think twice about the opponent in any given week.
Each game is a battle. Each battle must be won to win the war.
Saban will make sure they don't forget that.
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