Alabama Dominates Tennessee In Second Half: Is Crimson Tide Back?
It’s amazing that one loss and one year without a National Championship turns people off Alabama.
The Crimson Tide had one of the best offenses of all-time during their National Title run in 2020. The 2021 season ended with an SEC title and loss to Georgia in the CFB Championships. Last season, Alabama lost two games and dominated Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl.
This season, questions under center have made the situation look worse. The Crimson Tide lost to Texas at home but have won six in a row since. Don’t look now but Alabama is 6-1, 5-0 in SEC play, and has a chance to earn a signature win against LSU coming out of a bye on Nov. 4.
Jalen Milroe struggled in a loss to Texas in Primetime. The very next week, the Crimson Tide went with Tyler Buchner and Ty Simpson against South Florida. Safe to say that combination should not happen again. A 17-3 victory against South Florida is as unimpressive as it gets but the Crimson Tide have turned it on in SEC play.
The defense has improved drastically. Alabama allowed just 10 points to Ole Miss and has not allowed over 21 in five SEC games. On Saturday, Alabama quickly turned it around in the second half.
In a Nick Saban revenge spot, Alabama fell behind Tennessee 20-7 early. This strong defense was getting shredded by Joe Milton and Squirrel White but Saban had adjustments at halftime.
Alabama outscored Tennessee 27-0 in the second half. The defense came away with a scoop-and-score to put the finishing touches on a 34-20 win. This was an incredible coaching performance by Saban and proved that Alabama is still here.
When looking ahead at the schedule, Alabama has four games left. One coming against Chattanooga, which is a tradition between these two teams. The Crimson Tide will host LSU before heading on the road to take on Kentucky and Auburn in the Iron Bowl during Rivalry Week.
If Alabama is able to defeat LSU, there is a chance that the team wins out and ends up playing Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. An early-season loss to Texas leaves Alabama no wiggle room for a loss in this game because it would be the second of the season. If Alabama wins, it would represent the conference in the CFB Playoff.
This is not to say that Alabama will win out and defeat Georgia but the Crimson Tide remain alive and are not out of the equation despite being written off early.
The question remains, is Alabama back? It’s a strange way to phrase it because has it really ever left? The public is waiting for Alabama to fall off but they might have to wait a little longer.
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