The AP Top Five is littered with three SEC teams, with No. 1 Alabama sitting at the top of the pack. The Big 12 and Pac-12 are also a part of the discussion, but Alabama is assumed to be far better than anyone else ranked near them.
Nick Saban knows that there is no time to relax. The Tide must take every team—especially in the Top Five—seriously this season, even if the media may not agree.
Alabama received all 60 first-place votes in the most recent AP release, despite the strong showing of South Carolina against a team previously in the Top Five and the explosive offenses of West Virginia and Oregon.
The Tide has the nation’s best defense and has ridden that ability to their victories this year. However, the offense has had some issues, which has caused concern and focus for the Tide.
There are a number of keys that this team has to give attention to if Alabama looks to reign over college football again at the conclusion of the 2012 season.