Defeated Ole Miss 30-24
Just as Lane Kiffin deserves credit, Nick Saban deserves credit. This is the first regular season he’s coached in with no national championship on the table since 2010, and he had his kids thrilled about winning a tough game on the road against a one-loss team coming off a bye. Alabama showed they at least have pride with that game.
We should note that the Tide have played a brutal road schedule this year. Their four toughest opponents were all on the road: Tennessee football, LSU, Ole Miss and the Texas Longhorns. Given that slate, they shouldn’t apologize for going 2-2 with two close wins. After all, they also had two close losses, so while at worst they could be 6-4, at best they could be 10-0.
Hitting 8-2 seems like a right in the middle approach, and don’t bring up Texas A&M. Bryce Young not playing is clearly a big deal with the way this team is built. Anyway, beating Ole Miss puts a New Year’s Six bowl game back in play, and that’s something worth shooting for.
Getting there should be pretty easy too, as they host the Austin Peay Governors and then the Auburn Tigers to close out the year. Auburn may be playing harder because of Cadillac Williams, but it shouldn’t matter in that one. If Alabama doesn’t go 10-2, something really is wrong.