Alabama football should consider changing its mascot.
Crimson Tide doesn’t adequately capture the destruction their football program has caused to the rest of the college football landscape. Crimson Tsunami perhaps, or at least Crimson Tidal-Wave might be more appropriate. Everything and everyone in the path — whether stationary or in motion — has been flattened by ‘Bama in recent years and thus far in the 2012 season.
Michigan was first to absorb the unstoppable force despite having arguably the most electrifying quarterback in college football, Denard Robinson. The Wolverines — a top-15 team — may be 2-2 on the season but only lost to #11 Notre Dame by a touchdown. Sure they lost to Alabama, but who wouldn’t?
Western Kentucky (3-1) has beaten the likes of Southern Miss and SEC bottom-feeder Kentucky. Their fate against Alabama? A humiliating 35-point shoutout performance. Likewise, Arkansas (an early season SEC dark-horse and #10 to start the year) was throttled by the Crimson Tide 52-0.
Forget the SEC’s dominance, the more appropriate question may be: Can anyone or any thing stop the Crimson Tide?
At this point it looks as if the week of October 6th may present the most challenging competition for Alabama. But they won’t be hosting any teams in Tuscaloosa or traveling to an SEC rival. Instead, they’ll be resting at home during a week of practice. Practice against a depth chart that fields as much athleticism, speed, and football know-how as many squads can boast in their starting lineups.
After that, the most troubling games will likely come in the way of road trips against Missouri, Tennessee, and #3 LSU. Troubling, however, is a relative term in regards to Alabama this year as the impact of a conference road game may not show in if the Crimson Tide win, but instead by how wide a margin.
The Tigers of LSU will no doubt present the most-hyped matchup, but the vulnerability of their offense (as exposed by the Auburn Tigers in a 12-10 victory for LSU) has raised serious questions as to how they might compare to Alabama. After that, it’s a waiting game until the SEC championship game where either South Carolina, Georgia, or Florida awaits.
But the problem for any of those teams (and any squad in FBS) is that Alabama plays lights-out in neutral venues and in big games. If you want to beat the Crimson Tide you’ve got to catch them in your own house and play perfect football. The likes of Oregon or Florida State may present respectable matchups for ‘Bama, but neither will have home-field advantage if they are to meet for the national championship.
But “perfect” football against Alabama isn’t enough. The Crimson Tide must also beat themselves, but don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen. They have thrown exactly zero interceptions on the year and fumbled as many times. We’re not talking fumbles lost – ‘Bama hasn’t even fumbled, period.
They have the 13th ranked scoring offense (42 ppg), second-ranked scoring defense (5.3 ppg), and own the flow of every game they are a part of; averaging 208 rushing yards per outing (38th in the nation).
A monumental shift must take place to slow down the momentum of Alabama if the rest of the college football nation wants to prevent a third title in four years by the boys in Tuscaloosa. But it’s going to take a super-human effort to get it done — the type of force that shifts the changing tides of the sea.
If only the moon could intervene. If only Alabama football would make a mistake once in a while. If only we would accept that the Crimson Tide would likely flatten anyone in their path regardless.
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