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

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Texas A&M Aggies – No. 5 in both polls

A strong defensive front and a solid running game give the Aggies a championship foundation. The secondary is good but the linebacker unit is not special. Mike Elko as Defensive Coordinator is a strong asset. On offense, the Aggies are loaded at running back and receiver. Without a proven quarterback, offensive line weaknesses can be a problem. Jimbo Fisher does not have a proven QB. Haynes King has excited Aggies’ fans and has the confidence of his coach. Against Kent State, he showed excellent mobility. If King develops quickly, along with an overall, easier schedule than other top teams, the Aggies can be a serious Playoff contender.

Clemson Tigers – No. 6 in both polls

The Georgia front destroyed the Clemson offensive line, causing seven sacks. Dabo’s supposedly, Heisman-quality QB, D.J. Uiagalelei had little chance to make plays. The young man looked like a mediocre talent. His talent is far greater than what he could show against the Dawgs.

To his credit, the young man stepped up after the Georgia loss and shouldered the blame for the poor offensive performance. Uiagalelei will have better games, probably much better. But Dabo’s offensive line may not be stout enough to contend for a Championship. Clemson’s defense is outstanding. If Georgia has CFB’s best defensive line, Clemson could have the second best. Dabo has the luxury of time for his offensive unit to develop. With a typically easy ACC schedule, the Tigers have the easiest path to a Playoff spot.

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Much can will change as the season unfolds. At this very early point, Alabama Football appears to be in a league of its own.