This past Saturday, No. 1 Alabama did what No. 1 Alabama does: It won an SEC football game.
But it didn’t come easy. The Tide trailed Ole Miss 24-3 late in the first half before scoring 45 of the next 51 points to win 48-43.
Does anyone have a chance of beating Alabama in the regular season?
“I think A&M certainly has that chance,” Bleacher Report lead SEC writer Barrett Sallee said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “When you look at what they do well – and what they’ve proven to do well this year – is defense. A&M’s defense is pretty darn salty. Now they have to play in Tuscaloosa, but that’s the week after Alabama plays in Tennessee. That’s the last game of an eight-game stretch for them. So they’re going to be beat up. And you look where Texas A&M is. That’s after their bye week. So I would say A&M is the most likely team.”
Alabama hosts the No. 10 Aggies (3-0) on Oct. 22. As of now, the Tide will play four ranked teams in four weeks later this season, including No. 17 Arkansas on Oct. 8, No. 14 Tennessee on Oct. 15 and No. 18 LSU on Nov. 5.
“I picked them to lose to Tennessee (in the) preseason,” Sallee said, “but Tennessee hasn’t shown me enough to have faith in that pick.”
Of course, even with a loss, Alabama could still reach the SEC Championship and the College Football Playoff. There’s still a long way to go, but for the time being, the Tide look mighty good.
But they’re not invincible.
“Alabama is not perfect,” Sallee said. “They’re beatable. They lost games. They’ve lost games in each of the last couple national title seasons. I think the interesting thing is how consistently will Jalen Hurts keep his composure in situations that are sub-optimal? He did a good job of that in Oxford. Does that mean he’s going to do it every time? Absolutely not. But so far, so good. I think A&M probably is the best shot because of where that game falls on the schedule.”
If Alabama loses, it likely won’t happen this week. The Tide host Kent State (1-2) at 12 p.m. ET.