Alabama Football: Crimson Tide Will Be Only Slim Favorites in First BCS Rankings

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Quarterback AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide hands the ball off to running back Eddie Lacy #42 while playing against the Florida Atlantic Owls on September 22, 2012 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Florida Atlantic 40-7.  (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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The Alabama Crimson Tide have yet to play the meat of their schedule, thereby making them a weak No. 1 team at best in the first BCS Standings.

Sure, the Tide have rarely been challenged in the season’s first half, but they’ve knocked around unworthy challengers.

The combined record of Alabama’s’ opponents so far? 17-15. But they've only played three SEC teams.

Nick Saban is partially responsible for the good start, as they scheduled two Sun Belt teams to get their bearings early in the season. On the other hand, the Tide’s head coach surely didn’t think Michigan would be so insignificant at the point.

A treacherous slate awaits to compete for an SEC Championship bid, featuring Texas A&M, Mississippi State and a trip to Baton Rouge. To see what the Crimson Tide are really made of, stay tuned. For now, though, a few teams’ strength of schedule are too convincing to be ignored.

The computers won’t ignore it either.

Yahoo! Sports Pat Forde reported that Alabama currently ranked fifth in the computer rankings headed into the weekend. A dominant win over Missouri and a West Virginia loss may help their case a bit, but the top three still may stand in their way.

Both Notre Dame and Florida have some of the strongest resumes in BCS Rankings release history. They’ll challenge for a bite of the No. 1 numbers crown.

Notre Dame has looked spectacular in their annual non-conference dance, beating No. 17 Stanford this week with wins versus Michigan and at Michigan State to boot. The Gators have been road warriors as well, knocking off Tennessee and Texas A&M in their SEC opener. Their biggest win came at home, an impressive 14-6 victory at LSU.

It’s easy to see why the Gators and Fighting Irish have earned a higher spot than the Crimson Tide: they have accomplished more.

Isn’t that what rankings are supposed to be about?

Only seven weeks into the football season, perception merely distorts reality. The AP voters, though, will have their say and make sure ‘Bama is at the top.

It's not that they don’t deserve it as defending champs, but this year’s team hasn’t earned anything just yet.