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Alabama once again proves why they are the team to beat

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On a day full of upsets that will lead to a shuffling in the rankings on Sunday, Alabama once again stood high and mighty. Alabama dominated Arkansas in a 52-0 victory, their second straight shutout win against the Razorbacks in as many years. Alabama has outscored Arkansas in the past two games by a combined score of 104-0.

AJ McCarron had three touchdown passes before getting an early rest and the Crimson Tide rushed for 352 yards against an arkansas defense that is clearly a long way from being able to compete at this physical level. Kenyan Drake rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns and TJ Yeldon added 88 yards and a touchdown. Alabama’s defense

The win was not without a cost for Alabama though. Safety Vinnie Sunseri was taken out of the game with an apparent leg injury. Players were seen consoling Sunseri on the sidelines after he returned without pads on, an ominous image for sure with regard to Sunseri’s status moving forward. The injury occurred in the same game Ha Ha Clinton-Dix returned from a brief suspension (two games).

Alabama is now 7-0 overall, with five games sitting between the two-time defending BCS champs and a perfect regular season. The biggest challenges left appear to be LSU (November 9) and the road game at Auburn on November 30. The Auburn game continues to become more of a threat for Alabama because the Tigers are hitting a stride right now. Auburn topped Texas A&M on Saturday to move to 6-1 overall.

Early in the year there was a concern about Alabama’s defense, but since the Texas A&M game the Crimson Tide has allowed just 16 points to five different opponents. Somehow Georgia State managed to score three points, a feat unable to be matched by two of Alabama’s SEC West rivals (Ole Miss and Arkansas). Have those defensive concerns been silenced? Probably. Next week Alabama hosts Tennessee, who upset South Carolina on Saturday.

Arkansas has now lost five straight games after a 3-0 start to the season. Next for the Razorbacks will be a home game against Auburn after a bye week next week.

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45 Responses to “Alabama once again proves why they are the team to beat”
  1. normtide says: Oct 19, 2013 10:52 PM

    Alabama seems to be building steam. Ofc, we saw today that the SEC is always a dangerous place

  2. mailguy316 says: Oct 19, 2013 11:16 PM

    How can you be ranked #1 when you don’t play anybody? Alabama has 12 games on their schedule, only 3 are ranked, not high, and 2 are no better than high school teams. When will strength of schedule factor in on rankings?

  3. normtide says: Oct 19, 2013 11:18 PM

    Playing in the SEC usually gives Alabama one of the strongest SOS. Who has Oregon or OSU played? Find a new excuse.

  4. greggatx says: Oct 19, 2013 11:49 PM

    When you don’t play anyone it’s no wonder why they are undefeated.

  5. earpaniac says: Oct 19, 2013 11:52 PM

    Everyone in Wisconsin really wanted Bama to crush them.
    #karma

  6. davidprtr says: Oct 19, 2013 11:57 PM

    Alabama played three ranked teams one top ten Oregon played one ranked team 16 Washington don’t hear u crying about their ranking

  7. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 19, 2013 11:58 PM

    Mailguy,

    Why not check out the Sagarin ratings on the actual strength of the SEC, East and West.

    Oregon is ranked 67
    Baylor is ranked 105
    Ohio State is ranked 87

    Bama played A&M when A&M was ranked 7th.

    VT was ranked.

    Ole Miss was ranked.

    Guess what?

    Bama will play at least two more ranked teams this year. The Iron Bowl is shaping up to be war.

    SEC Championship game, another ranked team

    7 ranked teams should Bama be in the National
    Championship game

    7 ranked teams in a 14 game season, and you call
    Bama’s schedule soft? I’d call it a typical SEC schedule.

    RTR

  8. normtide says: Oct 20, 2013 12:16 AM

    There will always be excuse makers. Pesky facts have no power over them. Forget what every source in the nation says, gregtx and some other dude says they suck. On a message board. That’s real deal right there.

  9. titansbro says: Oct 20, 2013 12:18 AM

    Lol & SEC haters. It’s actually humorous to hear these son stories about how it’s not fair how good the SEC is. Somebody needs his feminine napkin changed.

  10. pricecube says: Oct 20, 2013 12:20 AM

    Look… no one who plays in the SEC has a cake-walk… that said Bama’s OOC schedule is a joke. I am aware VT has been good in the past and that there is no way to know when scheduling yrs in advance that VT would be totally mediocre… however Bama has no business playing the likes of Chattanooga, Georgia State and Colorado State. That is embarrassing for all parties involved. These schools enjoy the payday but no one wants to watch this kind of drubbing.

  11. irishdodger says: Oct 20, 2013 12:22 AM

    Bama is awesome and the only elite team in the SEC where everyone else has seemingly forgotten how to play defense. To tout the win over A&M as a big deal b/c they were ranked 7 at the time is insulting…they have two losses and will be lucky to limit that number. Their D can’t stop air. Neither can Auburn’s D. Neither can Georgia’s D. Neither can South Carolina’s D. The top three teams right now are clearly Bama, FSU & Oregon.

  12. normtide says: Oct 20, 2013 12:30 AM

    Price, Tennessee vs Austin Peay and south Alabama is ok though? It’s funny how everyone wants Bama’s schedule to be much stronger, but they don’t expect their team to be stronger.

  13. targhee159 says: Oct 20, 2013 12:46 AM

    While we are finding out that many of the ranked teams in the SEC and other conferences were overrated, that has nothing to do with the fact that Alabama is worthy of their ranking. They are a dominating team that can play with and probably beat anyone in the country. They aren’t the only elite team though. Oregon and FSU have certainly shown themselves to be elite and we’ll know more about Baylor, Ohio State, Missouri and Miami in the coming weeks.

    Trying to figure out strength of schedule at this point in the season is worthless since end of season rankings will be a much better (although still imperfect) picture of where each team really stands. We’re only halfway through and as we’ve seen from Georgia, injuries can make any team very average.

  14. metalhead65 says: Oct 20, 2013 12:48 AM

    saban took it easy on pompous ass beliema. he should have been passing and running up the score to the very end. that jerk never showed any class running up when he was running up the score on teams at wisconsin so why should abyone feel sorry for him now?

  15. boukengreen says: Oct 20, 2013 1:00 AM

    Because Bama has class and never intentionally tries to run it up

  16. Anoesis says: Oct 20, 2013 1:06 AM

    VT is 6-1 but they’ve played no one good except Alabama.

    TAMU has no defense.

    CO State? Well, they beat Cal Poly.

    Ole Miss was a good win.

    Georgia State was an exhibition game. Shouldn’t count as a win.

    Kentucky? Couldn’t beat Western KY.

    Arkansas? Opened with two D-II schools. Downhill ever since.

    One quality win so far and pundits are saying ‘Bama is the team to beat. I can agree with that as soon as they play someone who actually has a chance to beat them. So far? Only the TAMU shootout was close, but it showed what might happen when someone with an actual offense plays ‘Bama.

    You can’t control the quality of your opponents except for not putting cream puffs (Georgia State? Chattanooga?) on your schedule. Even if ‘Bama wins out they’ll still only have 10 wins against D-I schools. No matter how tough your conference might be, next year those exhibition games are going to hurt your SOS.

  17. normtide says: Oct 20, 2013 1:11 AM

    Georgia state is fbs. They are in the sun belt.

  18. shaynesm says: Oct 20, 2013 1:27 AM

    Oregon Ducks are a premiere football team and now that the PAC 12 is gaining a lot of ranked teams, that just shines a light on Oregon to be noticed. Go Ducks.

  19. madtownthrowdown says: Oct 20, 2013 7:36 AM

    I’m not really sure how any can argue that Bama does not deserve their #1 Ranking. They have dominated college football for a couple years now, and again this year no one is even coming close to beating them. The only arguement there is now is whether Oregon should be #2 (which I believe) or whether FSU should be #2.

  20. madtownthrowdown says: Oct 20, 2013 7:37 AM

    I agree the SEC is a very Mediocre conference this year. But the fact of the matter is, so is every other conference. It’s basically Bama followed by the rest of the FBS. Yes the rest includes Oregon/FSU

  21. madtownthrowdown says: Oct 20, 2013 7:38 AM

    Every should just admit, it was nice seeing Bielema get his rear side pounded like Sandusky in a prison.

  22. v2the4 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:08 AM

    there is no denying know that the SEC is a top heavy conference with Alabama carrying everyone else, and now a former Big12 also ran, Missouri, which won one B12 north title in 16 seasons, leads the sec east…who would have thunk that?

    But, here is where all of you SEC purist get to make your case. Earlier in the season, an SEC school made a trip out to the west coast to play a highly ranked opponent….said southeast school scored first making it 7-0. highly ranked west coast team then scored the next 59 points and could have scored another 28 if they really wanted to embarrass the southeast.

    what was the matchup?…well, it was the Tennessee Vols at the #2 ranked Oregon Ducks and the quack ran up and down the field on the Vols, winning 59-14.

    now, the Vols are playing much much better under Butch Jones. they just beat the old ball coach, who ran his mouth during the week. they should have beat Georgia, and now they head into T town with a

  23. v2the4 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:14 AM

    dang…to be continued from above”:

    six game losing streak to the Tide, having last won in Tuscaloosa in 2003, even though they lost 6-3 and 12-10 in recent trips down there..

    so, since Tennessee is the only common opponent of both Bama and Oregon, the pundits will want to see Bama put 59+ points on the Vols like the Ducks did, or beat them in a similiar manner

  24. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 20, 2013 10:35 AM

    You play who you schedule.

    Pray like a heathen you don’t have injuries.

    Keep a a rabbit’s foot handy.

    The SEC is as good a conference from 1 through 13 (Kentucky, even Bear couldn’t fix Kentucky.) and the Sagarin rankings reflect that. Number One conference on SoS, again.

    You may not think that is important, yet when the all important bowl season rolls around and the SEC rolls against every conference on every stage, that is when the dividends come in. Recruits see who plays the best football week in, week out and they want to be part of that experience.

    Personally, I’m glad to see Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Missouri and even Auburn rise in power because that means that the conference is only going to get BETTER. When mid tier schools like Ole Miss can beat a former power, Texas, in their stadium by 21 points, the rest of the conference better notice and look to keep a keen edge.

    Enjoy college football, these are the good old days.

    RTR

  25. v2the4 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:47 AM

    I knew you couldnt go a week without mentioning the Longhorns, who were idle this week…yeah ole miss did score the last 30 points of the game to win by 21 in Austin after Texas won in Oxford by 35 last season…so they are even, I guess

  26. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 20, 2013 10:47 AM

    I cannot fathom why Texas is so concerned with former members Missouri and A&M. I don’t see Texas being concerned about Arkansas, Colorado or Nebraska. It must be that
    they don’t like the attention that the two schools are now garnering on a national stage.

    I’m proud to have Missouri and Texas A&M as members of the SEC.

    RTR

  27. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 20, 2013 11:09 AM

    @Anoesis

    If Bama wins out in the regular season, they’ll have 11 wins against FBS teams (Georgia St is an FBS team, and it DOES count as a win)…same number as Oregon (played FCS Nicholls St), Ohio St (played FCS Florida A&M), Baylor (played FCS Wofford), and Florida St (played FCS Bethune-Cookman)…..if all those teams win out.

    So if you want to rip Bama for playing Chattanooga, make sure to equally rip all of the other aforementioned teams for playing an FCS patsy, too. Or you could just recognize that most power teams play one FCS team a year, so it doesn’t really make much difference.

  28. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 20, 2013 11:32 AM

    @pricecube:

    I don’t know you, but I’m assuming from normtide’s comment that you’re a Tennessee fan (which explains your vitriol for Bama). One of the many, many, many differences between Bama and Tennessee is that UT schedules OOC powerhouses like Austin Peay, South Alabama (who should’ve beaten you) and Western KY in order to get bowl eligible….Bama does it to get reps for the young guys.

    Good win for UT yesterday…savor it. You got a trip to the woodshed coming in six days. Enjoy the Independence Bowl…I hear Shreveport is nice in late December.

  29. melikefootball says: Oct 20, 2013 12:03 PM

    Grambling players should watch Bama players, you play like this maybe your uniforms would be cleaned.

  30. shaynesm says: Oct 20, 2013 1:10 PM

    V2the4-I accidently hit thumbs down, but I meant to like your comment about the Ducks.

  31. Deb says: Oct 20, 2013 2:40 PM

    @v2the4 …

    I don’t really want to see Bama put up 59+ points on Tennessee. Those games are so boring. Besides … since Tennessee is playing better ball than earlier in the season, and Bama’s been pulling its starters before the half in these lopsided games … it won’t tell us much if they don’t.

  32. pricecube says: Oct 20, 2013 2:40 PM

    For the record… yes I am a TN fan and no I do not want to see UT play Austin Peay. TN did play Oregon and got destroyed. Furthermore the Vols have been in the toilet for the last half a decade while Bama has won three NCs during that time. So UT playing Austin Peay is not quite as lopsided Bama’s current semi-pro team playing Chattanooga. But all of you who assume that I have no problem with the OOC cupcakes on the UT schedule… you are all wrong. I don’t like it. I want to see UT play a good OOC schedule with real opponents. I hate watching a bunch of kids from a Div II school used as a punching bag or a scrimmage…

  33. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 20, 2013 4:27 PM

    @pricecube

    Alright, fair enough. But I bet if that win over Austin Peay ends up being the difference between playing in a bowl and not, you won’t be offended by it at all. And what kind of OOC schedule do you want to see? Nobody in the power conferences plays 4 OOC games against other teams from power conferences (or even 3)…and you know why? Because that would be suicide, and would get their coach fired. I respect your being consistent, though (unlike many of the commenters on here)…..

  34. bigdinla says: Oct 20, 2013 6:08 PM

    Alabama will never beat anyone by 59 points. Up 35, you am guarantee that Saban will call off the troops. Alabama has nothing to prove and does not need to run up the score.

  35. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:17 PM

    Bama won’t beat Tennessee by 59 points, for the same reason that Oregon won’t beat Oregon St by 59 points….inferior teams tend to play over their heads in rivalry games. Plus, teams improve over the year….UT is better now than they were when they played Oregon, just like Oregon St is better now than they were when they lost at home to FCS Eastern Washington. Bama will win, and it won’t be particularly close, but it won’t be by anything close to 59 points….and that will prove absolutely nothing about Bama or Oregon.

  36. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 22, 2013 12:25 AM

    v2the4.

    I can’t help it you’re paranoid about an individual posting about Texas. You keep justifying the Dallas Morning News report. It also shows just how ignorant you are about the SEC. You have

    Alabama
    Auburn
    Missouri
    LSU
    South Carolina
    Georgia
    A&M
    Florida
    Mississippi

    Yet you seem to think the SEC is top heavy with Alabama carrying the rest of the conference. We aren’t the Big 12. Ole Miss is a mid tier team in the SEC that beat Texas in Austin by 21 points. Tell you what, have Texas take Georgia’s
    schedule and let’s see how well Texas does. We both know the answer to that.

    RTR

  37. pricecube says: Oct 23, 2013 1:46 AM

    @thegeneral7694

    But I bet if that win over Austin Peay ends up being the difference between playing in a bowl and not, you won’t be offended by it at all.
    _____________________________________

    Once again that really is not true. Bowl eligibility is not important to me outside of the extra month of practice. I’m not going to be terribly upset if we don’t make it to the Liberty Bowl or the Music City Bowl this year. I am much more interested in seeing what Butch Jones can do with the 2014 signing class he has coming in over the next 2-3 yrs if I am lucky enough to be here for it. Speaking of, no one knows what the future holds. It seems likely Bama will take UT to the woodshed Saturday… Oregon certainly did… but IMO it is unwise to boast about such a thing before it happens. I bet Georgia and South Carolina fans expected the same outcome that you do.

  38. jason1214 says: Oct 25, 2013 9:20 PM

    I’m guessing the EXCUSES will start flowing about 5 minutes after the 2014 BCS Title Game, and a 8th straight SEC National Champion.

    Every year its the same tired arguments. SOS, Cheating, SEC East opponents, blah blah blah.

    RTR

  39. bohawk says: Oct 25, 2013 9:27 PM

    Alabama doesn’t deserve the number one ranking! Chattenooga? Florida Atlantic? Georgia State who was ranked 100 this year??? Please! Saban is no Bear Bryant! If all the colleges had Alabama’s schedule the last three years, they’d ALL be number one.

  40. dcroz says: Oct 25, 2013 10:13 PM

    Alabama does not play Florida Atlantic this year. And as someone above has already posted, every national title contender team plays an FCS team this season, and usually plays one every season. Enough with the double standards.

  41. normtide says: Oct 25, 2013 10:21 PM

    No D, Bama is the only team that should play an NFL slate. Oregon, OSU, FSU, etc can play who they wish.

  42. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:22 AM

    @bohawk:

    “Chatt-A-nooga”….it must suck to have your spelling corrected by one of us dumb old folks from Alabama, right?

    Like dcroz pointed out, Bama doesn’t play Florida Atlantic, so you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. It’s called “Google”…check it out sometime.

    You’re right….Saban isn’t Bear Bryant. He’s Nick Saban. And he’s won 4 titles in the last 10 years (and for 2 of those he wasn’t even coaching in college!). As much as I loved Coach Bryant (and God knows I did), it took him 21 years to win that many, and that was in a much less competitive SEC and before the days of 85 scholarships. Even though the Bear will ALWAYS be #1 in our hearts, if you look at it dispassionately, what Coach Saban has done is actually far more impressive.

  43. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:28 AM

    @pricecube:

    “I bet Georgia and South Carolina fans expected the same outcome that you do.”

    And most Tennessee fans expected that, too….just like they’re expecting it tomorrow.

  44. ellzax says: Nov 10, 2013 2:30 PM

    Alabama played Texas A&M and won by one touchdown. Other than that, they haven’t played anyone besides LSU yesterday. Their first 8 games, save A&M, were nothing. Saying you play in the SEC alone, and acting like it is the most difficult conference in which to play is a joke. With teams like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Mississippi State, how could one possibly think that conference is so tough top to bottom? Throw in games against Georgia State, Colorado State, Virginia Tech, and Chatanooga, and what, I am supposed to be blown away? The Big 12 doesn’t get nearly the respect it should. Before you go slamming the Big 12, take a look at Missouri and Texas A&M this year. Remember when everyone said they would go to the SEC and find out what it is like to play “real football”? I sure as hell do, and the fact that they are dominating the SEC doesn’t surprise anyone in the Big 12. Texas A&M and Missouri were middle contenders in the Big 12 also… Missouri NEVER won a Big 12 title, and I think A&M only won one. So keep letting the “popular” rankings systems that use coaches votes, money and media coverage to sway your opinion. Here is something to think about: Alabama forfeited 21 games from 2005-2007 for CHEATING, recruitment violations. They miraculously win 3 out of 4 championships right after that? Please!! Don’t forget this is a team that got to play for a national title 2 seasons ago when they didn’t even with their division!!! And Nick Saban is on record as saying that a team shouldn’t ever be able to play for a championship unless they win their conference. He suddenly “respected the process” that season when Alabama was “chosen” over Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma State, Oregon or Stanford would have beat the crap out of LSU and Alabama teams with ZERO offense, but they were never given a chance. What you see week in and week out is nothing more than popular rankings. I would love to see Alabama play a Big 12 schedule year in and year out: Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Iowa State (yes, they can be tough to beat), and now Baylor? (strange that SI did the article on OSU…). And don’t forget that Texas A&M and Missouri, the teams owning your SEC conference right now came from the Big 12 just last season. And before Texas went and screwed it all up with their arrogance, the Big 12 had Nebraska and Colorado as well. The SEC has Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and sometimes Auburn. Speaking of Auburn, another cheater, it seems to be that whoever is on top of the SEC is the team not sitting out some bowl game suspensions. Remember when Oklahoma State beat Alabama in the Independence Bowl in 2006? Alabama was cheating that year and lost…

  45. normtide says: Nov 10, 2013 3:28 PM

    Whoa, settle down hombre. I see it like this, after just two years in a great league, Missouri and A&M are national contenders. Meanwhile, powerhouse Baylor has taken over the Texas 12.

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