Just two weeks ago, Alabama was at the top of its game, ranked No. 1 in the nation with the help of the nation's best defense.
But after barely escaping LSU in a game where the Tide was clearly not the best team on the field and then being upset by a Texas A&M team that was apparently on some sort of mission, Alabama is suddenly mortal.
Headed into this week's tilt with college football also-ran Western Carolina, Alabama must realize that all is not lost just yet.
National title aspirations are still remotely reachable and a date with Georgia in the SEC title game is likely. First, though, Alabama needs to get right.
Here is a preview of the game with Western Carolina.