Tide Will Roll to SEC Championship Berth
This weekend No. 2 (5-0) Alabama will take on the (4-0) Kentucky Wildcats at Bryant-Denny Stadium. While both Alabama and Kentucky are undefeated, it is no secret that Kentucky's opponents are nowhere near the class of teams that have fallen victim to the Tide.
The Wildcats have played Louisville, Norfolk State, Western Kentucky, and Middle Tennessee State. In fact, the Wildcat victory over Middle Tennessee was a comeback victory where the Wildcats rallied in the fourth quarter to score 10 points and win by six.
Alabama has defeated Georgia and Clemson: Both were ranked in the top 10, and both victories were on the road. The way Bama has played so far, they look unbeatable.
Bama 38, Kentucky 17
After a bye week following Kentucky, Bama will take on Ole Miss. The Rebels are quite a bit better than many had predicted, and this game will not be a cakewalk.
Houston Nutt will use every gimmick in his playbook to keep this game close, but the Tide has more talent and more depth on both sides of the ball than Mississippi. When depth comes into play, in the late third and early fourth quarters, Alabama's will pay dividends.
Bama 33, Mississippi 20
In Week Nine, Alabama travels to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville to face the Volunteers. If the first four weeks are any indication of what we may expect from Tennessee, then Bama will dominate.
The Volunteers have been plagued with offensive troubles thus far, and Alabama has one of the nation's better defenses. The Tide will waltz into Neyland Stadium and soundly defeat rival Tennessee.
The final score will be Bama 27, Tennessee 13.
If there is a place I see the Crimson Tide slipping up, it is here. The Tide will face non- conference opponent Arkansas State for homecoming. Last year Ark State went 5-7 and lost to Texas by just eight points. The Red Wolves are a potential giant killer and could pose unforeseen problems for Alabama.
Another monumental upset like Alabama suffered last year to ULM is unthinkable for fans, players, and coaches. Look for Alabama to start strong and finish strong, but beware if they start slow. That being said, I think Coach Saban will make sure his boys don't overlook Arkansas State.
Bama 37, Arkansas State 14
In what is potentially the most anticipated game in the SEC, and perhaps college football, excluding the National Championship, Alabama will travel to Death Valley to face Coach Saban's old team, the LSU Tigers.
Memories of last year's nail-biter will be on the minds of veterans of both teams. Alabama will need someone to step up and lead them to a victory. The Tide need look no further than senior quarterback John Parker Wilson.
Wilson fumbled the ball late in last year's "Saban Bowl" to gift-wrap the victory for LSU. This year Wilson will redeem himself with a huge performance in what will be a close ball game. JP Wilson may control the fate of the Tide in this one, but he gets my vote.
Bama 24, LSU 17
After a close ballgame in Baton Rouge, the Tide will face Sly Croom's Mississippi State Bulldogs. Bama will be emotionally, physically, and mentally worn out from the previous week's preparation and game. On top of the wear and tear the Tide will suffer from the LSU game, they have Mississippi State just before archrival Auburn.
In short, Sly Croom's Bulldogs will catch the Crimson Tide at the most vulnerable point in their schedule—after a physical game at LSU and before an Iron Bowl where Bama will attempt to end Auburn's six-year win streak. This is the proverbial chink in the Tide armor.
Bama 21, Miss State 24
The Iron Bowl: One-loss Alabama will host their archrival, the Auburn Tigers, in a game where records and ranking do not matter. Both Alabama and Auburn will leave it all on the field. Auburn may be the one team in the SEC and the nation whose defense can hold a light to the Tide's.
This will be the kind of matchup the SEC is known for: a strong defensive game won by a smashmouth rushing attack.
Both Bama and Auburn have a talented backfield, but your running backs are nothing without a passing game to open up running lanes and blockers up front. I believe the Tide has the superior offensive line and passing game.
The streak ends this year as Alabama rolls past Auburn and into the SEC title matchup with a 21-14 win.
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