This is it, folks. This is the game when the nation will finally see if the 8th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide is for real. Nevermind the 34-10 victory over Thunder, Lightning, and the Clemson Tigers. Nevermind the 49-14 slaughter of the Arkansas Razorbacks. This is the TRUE test to see if Alabama truly has hidden talent that wasn't discovered until August 30th.
Or is it?
Georgia was Preseason #1 in both AP & Coaches Polls; Alabama was preseason 24th in the AP, and unranked in the Coaches Poll. Today, in Week 5 of the 2008 College Football season, Georgia is #3 and Alabama is #8. Hmmm...Not only has Alabama jumped 16 spots in the AP poll, but Georgia is DOWN 2 spots...and they haven't even lost a game yet. Is it because they didn't perform as well as most pollsters expected, or is it because there are other teams out there that are better than them? Wait, what?! Other teams out there that are better than THE Georgia Bulldogs, but they couldn't see that before the season started?!?
If there is a team out there that is overrated it is the Georgia Bulldogs. If there is a team out there that is underrated it is the Alabama Crimson Tide. Georgia allows the juggernaut Georgia Southern to score 21 points, powerhouse Central Michigan gets 17 points and can only manage 2 touchdowns against the almighty Steve Spurrier. On the other hand, Alabama puts up 34 points against the then 9th ranked Clemson Tigers while holding the supposed "best RB duo in the NCAA" to ZERO rushing yards and ended the game against Arkansas before the beginning of the 2nd quarter. Some Arkansas fans left so early that they went back to their tailgate tent only to discover their charcoal briquettes were still hot.
Georgia fans should be thankful, because Knowshon Moreno, Matthew Stafford, and A.J. Green are the only reason why Georgia gets poll "respect." Don't expect a one sided match in favor of either team, but don't expect Georgia to walk away without asking for a first aid kit. The game on September 27th will be the first true test for ________? (a). Alabama (b). Georgia