After a tune-up game last weekend against Louisiana-Monroe that featured a 63-7 win, the Crimson Tide are ready to begin SEC play. They will welcome the Vanderbilt Commodores to Tuscaloosa this weekend. The last time the 2 met, in 2017, Vanderbilt boasted a 3-0 record and had a message for Bama. Simply put, “you’re next”. The Crimson Tide would go on to win the game in Nashville 59-0. I would imagine the Vandy locker room to remain quiet in the lead up to this showdown.
Bama’s Early Struggles
Vanderbilt has played extremely well this season, aside from a loss to nationally ranked Wake Forest. The Vanderbilt offense has been on a roll, while their defense has yet to catch up. However, this game is more about the Crimson Tide cleaning up their own mistakes and not beating themselves, rather than the threat that Vandy possesses. The Crimson Tide have been uncharacteristically undisciplined for a Nick Saban coached team. The penalties have been adding up. The turnovers on offense inexcusable. The miscues on defense mind-boggling. On paper, the Tide are undefeated and the 2nd ranked team in the country. If you listen to the media, they have holes all over their roster that need to be fixed and they don’t look like the Bama of old. The media has even started to refer to Georgia as “The New Alabama”.
Never Count Out Bama
This doesn’t typically bode well for you, unless you’re a fan of Alabama of course. The last time the country started to doubt the Tide and claim the dynasty “over”, was after a loss to Ole Miss. Alabama would find a way to recover and win the National Championship that year. When you look at their team this year, they may not appear as dominant early in the season. However, they still have Heisman winner Bryce Young, as well as the best player in all of college football in Will Anderson. Expect the Crimson Tide to look the part of a National Title contender Saturday night against the Commodores. I’m expecting to see a 52-10 outcome. Take the over. Look for Bama to cover as well.