Alabama Football: No. 1-Ranked Crimson Tide Will Add to Missouri's SEC Nightmare

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 29:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass against the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With Halloween just weeks away, the defending BCS National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide are already in the spirit and will continue to terrorize the college football landscape this season.

On October 13 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri, Nick Saban's feared program will face off against SEC newcomer Missouri, who has been outscored 72-30 in its first two SEC games this season, including a 21-point drubbing at home to Georgia.

The Tigers will welcome a feared dynasty and the No. 1 scoring defense in all of college football. Alabama is allowing just seven points per game this season and has two shutouts in five games.

The Crimson Tide has outscored its two SEC opponents 85-14 this season and is on an absolute warpath at the moment. It will require a Christmas-like miracle for the Tigers to come out with a win in Columbia. Unfortunately, Christmas is a long way from now. 

Here's another frightening Alabama statistic to chew on for a second: The Tide is winning by an average score of 40-7 every week. That includes a season opener against Michigan and a road trip to Arkansas. It's not a matter of who will beat Alabama in 2012, but rather who will come the closest?

Missouri doesn't stand the slightest chance this October. The nation's No. 1-ranked team is so for good reason. It hasn't lost since last November, and it is not only winning, but it is also routing its opponents week after week.

After a bye in Week 6, Missouri is next on the list. 

The Tigers have struggled to score this season despite having only played two SEC games, so you can expect they'll be helpless going up against the Tide's defense. Missouri is averaging just 27 points per game this season but only 15 points per game against SEC foes. I'll give them 10 points at home vs. Alabama, at most.

While Missouri has showed flaws this season, Alabama boasts an 18-1 record over its last 19 games. The Crimson Tide is a machine on one-way title track this season and will only add to Missouri's SEC nightmare this fall.


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