Hold on, Alabama: The Tide Hasn't Rolled in Just Yet

Christopher WilliamsCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2008

Although Alabama is 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in the AP poll, don’t get excited just yet.

Without a doubt, the Crimson Tide is a much better team so far than they were in 2007.

Last year Nick Saban’s Bama team finished 7-6, ending the season with a win against Colorado in the Independence Bowl. So far in 2008, Alabama has beaten Clemson, who was ranked No. 9 at the time, and Georgia, who was ranked No. 3 at the time.

Although these two wins sound impressive, they are overrated.

Clemson is now 3-2 and was also handed a loss by Maryland. Georgia was 4-0 before last night, but the Dawgs did allow Georgia Southern to score 21 points and barely beat South Carolina. After ASU lost to UNLV, going to Arizona St. and winning did not turn too many heads.

Also, the fact that Bama was winning 31-0 at halftime against Georgia caused a lot of people switch the game to the Penn St. vs. Illinois game. Many opinions were formed at halftime before Georgia came back and scored 30 points, and you can make the argument that Georgia did win the second half.

Alabama has too many weaknesses to continue this winning streak.

Any defense that can shut down Julio Jones will automatically turn Bama’s offense into a one-dimensional offense. The Crimson Tide has not been exposed yet, and once they are matched up with a team with a good rush defense, they will fold.

Do not be surprised if Alabama losses a game in their next two matchups. Although Kentucky and Ole Miss are average teams, Nick Saban is known to drop a game against a not so good team.

Then when Alabama travels to Baton Rouge on Nov. 8, it will be the toughest game they will play all year—and the loudest game anyone on Bama’s team has ever been exposed to.