As predicted last week, a big win over Georgia has lead to serious discussion about Alabama's chances of winning the National Championship. These discussions are deserved, and Saban has rightfully quelled such talk by his players. That is his job, but our fun about talking about this team's greatness is our passion.
Now we approach a team which, despite their undefeated record, we should beat. Although KY leads the league in scoring defense, they are not as strong in rushing D. I've long noted the link between rushing D, scoring D, and overall ability of a team. Bama is 2nd in the nation in rushing D, and 15th in scoring, although without 2 special teams TDs, we would be 2nd in the nation in that, as well. Our overall talent stacks up well against the Wildcats, and our relative lack of injury against their own woes in that department is another good sign.
However, this is in a way a bigger test than Georgia. Over the years, many teams have been upset by another, inferior team. Look at USC or Florida this past weekend. Looking at just the one game, it is possible that Alabama beating Georgia was just a fluke of us having a good day and them having a bad one. I do not believe this, but my point it that on any given saturday, almost any team can beat another.
The great teams, however, build on such wins. The greats never allow themselves to have an off game leading to a defeat. The greats always, always, beat the teams they should beat.
Before we can seriously talk about Alabama's chances against LSU, Auburn, and whatever lays after that, we need to realize that the team in front of us right now is the most important game of the season.
I love this team. I love its toughness, its talent, its grit. They have a chance of going down with the truly great teams of Alabama history. A win, and we should win, means another week of keeping this dream alive. A loss means simply that no matter how much we may love this team, it will never be considered one of the greats.
The season once again begins this week, with Kentucky.