Alabama Football: How much can CFB’s top six teams improve?

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Alabama Football, and every other college football team, is a work-in-progress. The differences among teams are how much potential each has for progress and how serious are their flaws. Days ago, we stated (not bragged) an obvious fact. Alabama Football is 2021’s, only elite team. There is time for other teams to develop. None of them are currently near the level of the Alabama Crimson Tide – and that includes the Georgia Bulldogs.

What makes the Crimson Tide so much better? The work-in-progress effort of the Alabama Football staff does not have to eliminate any serious positional flaws. Bryce Young’s limited experience, rebuilding the offensive line, and finding new wide receiver playmakers were concerns in the preseason. Against Miami, any of the three could have been revealed as major issues. Instead, two of the three areas; Bryce and the wideouts, stood out as team strengths. The offensive line, while perhaps not yet great, was formidable against the Canes. The eventual best five on the O-line can develop into one of CFB’s best.

Alabama Football might have CFB’s best defense

Defensively, the Crimson Tide is much improved. Georgia and maybe Clemson might have better defensive lines. No team has better linebackers than the Tide – even without Chris Allen. The secondary, especially after DeMarcco Hellams returns, is as good as any defensive back group in the nation.

The 2021 Crimson Tide is already elite and it will continue to improve. The other five teams at the top of the Coaches and AP Polls all have either question marks or troubling concerns. Some of their weaknesses may go so deep, they are not fixable this season.