Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned—or an Alabama football fan insulted.
Still, we'll risk perdition's flames in the name of an objective look at Alabama's 2012 schedule. Are the Tide all they're cracked up to be this season? Are they still the dominant national power? Interesting enough, we still don't know.
The BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame will tell us volumes about Nick Saban and his 2012 version of the Alabama Crimson Tide. But if you're looking for helpful hints, the Tide's schedule to this point doesn't provide much assistance.
We all know how stupendous the SEC is, right?
OK, so maybe it's not unanimous and there have been some great theories put forth lately to disprove the myth that has become the SEC. Still, Alabama plays one of, if not the most difficult conference schedules in all of football: the dreaded SEC West.
But the SEC West only accounts for six games—just half the regular-season schedule. What about the other six?
For those games, Alabama went shopping for some of the weakest of the weak. Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, FCS Western Carolina, really? Heck, even Michigan turned out to be a laugh this season.
We don't blame Alabama for the Wolverines being a fraud, but just sayin'... They were. Alabama fans definitely shouldn't hang their nonconference hats on beating a team one day and tearing its Big Ten credentials down the next. Either Michigan is good or it isn't.
And we think it isn't.
That leaves just two games against SEC East foes. Now, had those been any combination of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, the Crimson Tide would easily fly up this list. Instead, Alabama got stuck with Missouri and Tennessee.
About the only reason Alabama even makes it ahead of Kansas State is because of the SEC Championship Game showdown with Georgia. Take that away, and Alabama's schedule loses a good third of its power in our view.