Alabama Football: Week Three SEC Power Rankings

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Alabama Football Up in SEC Power Rankings

Last week’s flipping of the Bulldogs over the Crimson Tide has returned to normalcy.

No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs (3-0); Last week No. 1; Predicted regular season ceiling – 12 wins

Bumping the Dawgs back to No. 2 is not because a team finally scored an offensive touchdown on them. It is because Clemson had such a tough time with Georgia Tech. The Clemson offense appears to have serious deficiencies. Georgia was superb, beating South Carolina, 40-13. The defense could be the nation’s best. QB J.T. Daniels returned and was impressive. The former USC quarterback passed for 303 yards and a touchdown. He did throw an interception. The Dawgs are strong at running back and what was a questionable receiver group looked great against South Carolina.

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0); Last week No. 2; Predicted regular season ceiling – 12 wins

Among Alabama football fans, there was mumbling and grumbling on Saturday. The ‘much-improved’ Crimson Tide defense, blew assignments, missed tackles, and occasionally got manhandled. The offensive line failed to consistently get a push. There were too many penalties again, as well as dropped passes.

But, Nick Saban’s team won, in one of the tougher places in college football, for visiting teams. Saban had warned the Alabama football team was in danger of a reckoning. Florida delivered one. Even so, it was an important win. SEC road wins against good teams can never be taken for granted. Nor should they be underappreciated.

The Crimson Tide will continue to improve. Even with the growing strength of Ole Miss, Arkansas and Auburn, the schedule remains favorable. Yes, the Aggies in College Station might challenge, but the Tide is still the class of the SEC West and probably of the SEC.

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There are good SEC games in week four. The top two should be the Razorbacks vs. the Aggies and LSU vs. Mississippi State. Ole Miss has an open date before taking on Alabama Football.