Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0)
Remaining Schedule: at Tennessee | at LSU | vs. Mississippi State | vs. The Citadel | vs. Auburn
This might seem like a slightly obvious statement considering that we’re talking about the top-ranked team in college football, but the Alabama Crimson Tide have been wholly dominant this season. Not only are they 7-0, but they haven’t yet allowed anyone to even get close. Their two closest games of the season came against Texas A&M and Missouri, which amounted to 22- and 29-point victories for Nick Saban’s group.
As per usual, the defense of the Crimson Tide remains elite in terms of their talent. The wheels are always turning in that regard for Alabama, replacing NFL-caliber players with more of the same on an annual basis. However, what’s been the thing that sets this 2018 team apart has been Tua Tagovailoa and the offense. They’ve been one of the most explosive and potent offenses in the country.
Even with that, the remaining slate for the Crimson Tide isn’t a cake-walk. There’s not much worry about traveling to Tennessee in Week 8 of the season, nor welcoming The Citadel to Tuscaloosa in the next-to-last week of the season. Matchups at LSU and against the likes of Mississippi State and Auburn at least present some cause for concern.
Having said that, what’s become clear about this Alabama team to this point is that no one is in their league. Tagovailoa gives them the offensive prowess that they’ve not possessed before in years past — and they still competed for titles then. As for what that means about Alabama’s first loss, it means that it’s probably not coming at all.
First Loss: This ain’t it, Chief