It’s worth noting that there is a three game stretch of games for which we’d better be particularly careful:
- October 27th – Mississippi State visits Alabama. Mississippi State continues to turn heads with a stifling defense. They limited Kentucky to 228 yards of total offense last Saturday, improving to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play with a 27-14 road win. The Bulldogs are tied for fourth in the nation with 15 forced turnovers - despite failing to get one versus the Wildcats - and rank 11th with an average of 13.4 points allowed. MSU hosts Tennessee this Saturday.
- November 3rd – LSU at Death Valley. It’s cliché but Death Valley is one of the toughest places to get a win. Despite the loss last week the Tigers have allowed the second fewest passing yards in the country. If LSU can scrape together a win against the Gamecocks this week they’ll be right back in the title hunt.
- November 10 – Texas A&M at home. Aggies QB Johnny Manziel is one of the most exciting players in the conference. The redshirt freshman has thrown for 1,285 yards, 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions on the season. A&M is currently eighth in the nation in scoring and currently boast a winning record in the SEC (2-1.) Coming off of an inevitably hard-fought LSU game the Tide will need to be ready.
Of course the Auburn game is always a war but they seem to be in disarray this season. It looks at this point that the SEC Championship will likely pit the Crimson Tide against either the Spurrier-coached Gamecocks or the Muschamp-led Gators. Spurrier is 7-5 against Alabama historically and his Gamecock first team is loaded with NFL caliber talent. Muschamp has the Gators playing much tougher this year as evidenced by the LSU game last weekened.
Should the Crimson Tide survive that gauntlet we may face an explosive Oregon team in the title game boasting a Heisman candidate in De’Anthony Thomas. Thomas was a five-star recruit and rated the #1 athlete in the 2011 class from Crenshaw High in south central LA. He played pee wee ball in Snoop Dog’s rec league and has risen to be an offensive juggernaut with the Ducks.
If Las Vegas is to be believed we should like our chances. Currently Vegas is laying 7/5 odds on the Crimson Tide to take the title. We hope there is room in the trophy case! Roll Tide.