Alabama football can easily win this weekend of sports.
We are going to learn a lot in the second week of SEC football. With multiple matchups between ranked opponents scheduled, quality teams will no longer be undefeated. While things will likely go well for Alabama football, there is certainly a lot that could go wrong.
Alabama could beat Texas A&M and still feel bad by the end of the day. To avoid that, here is the best-case scenario for the Crimson Tide. Some of this is in the team’s hands, but some will rely on other powers.
Alabama’s offense hums vs. Texas A&M
This is the obvious start to a best-case scenario. Alabama does not need to beat the Aggies. They need to dominate. That starts with Mac Jones and the Crimson Tide offense. They will likely play well, but it would be even better if everything clicked. That happened in the first half against Missouri. Jaylen Waddle was cooking DBs, Najee Harris was feasting in between the tackles and Mac Jones was making every throw necessary to get an early lead. The offense had a best-case scenario type of performance in the first half against the Tigers. If they can do that for four quarters in Bryant-Denny Stadium, things will be off to a great start.
The Tide defense shows its depth early in the game
Alabama has depth for the first time in a while, and this would be a great chance to show it. With Kellen Mond being a dual-threat quarterback, fresh legs will be a key to victory. The defensive line and linebacking corps will certainly rotate guys. We’ll have to see what the secondary does against the Aggies.
Fans in the stands follow guidelines
This will be the first test of fans inside the stands at Bryant-Denny Stadium since the start of the pandemic. It will be crucial for them to follow safety guidelines during this game. That includes sitting in selected seating and wearing masks. Fans stepped up and saved college football by wearing masks, but the work for a complete season is not done. We all need to do our part, and that includes following guidelines inside the stadium.
Auburn and Georgia need to look bad
It is usually clear who Alabama football should be rooting for around the SEC. Tide fans were hoping that Kentucky would have beaten Auburn, and they were glad to see Mississippi State upset LSU. In this game, both outcomes would benefit Alabama. At the end of the day, Alabama will have to play each of these teams in the regular season, and they might face Georgia again in the SEC Championship. I’m not sure which outcome helps Alabama the most, but a bad performance from both teams would be good for the Tide.
One title contender gets upset
LSU and Oklahoma lost last week, and that makes Alabama’s path to the College Football Playoff easier. It would help Alabama if another team in the national discussion could lose this Saturday. It might be Georgia, but it could also be North Carolina. Oklahoma might lose again to Iowa State. The best situation would be for Texas to lose and for the Big 12 to become completely irrelevant, but any loss will do.
Even if only a few of these things happen, Alabama football will have a good Saturday. We’ll see where the Tide stand by the end of the weekend.