Friday, October 10, 2014

Make it or break it time for No. 7 Alabama

Just two months ago one could have never dreamed that Alabama's "test of worth" would come in a road contest against Arkansas, but football, as in life, is quite mysterious.

Playing "tight" against Ole Miss, per the admission of several Tide players, a performance this weekend, similar to that of the contest in Oxford, could find Alabama with two losses and a season on the verge of a downward spiral.

The easy schedule Alabama had in June isn't quite so easy in October. While Alabama's tough road will give them a chance to impress the masses and get back in the national title picture, the same bumpy terrain could stick a fork in every expectation the 2014 squad had for this season. A burnt to a crisp Tide before November is not out of the realm of possibility, unfortunately.

Turnovers, missed assignments, enough mental errors to fill Santa's Christmas bag. The Arkansas game will be a test of fundamentals for 'Bama.

Make no mistake, UA is still arguably the most talented team in the nation, but talent can only take you so far. You can be the best defensive back in the nation in terms of talent, but if your head isn't in the game and you don't know who to cover, then it makes no difference how talented you are.

If Alabama can roll through the next two months with one loss, enter the SEC title game, and advance to the new college football playoff, Nick Saban will be looking down the scope of coach of the year honors.

How bad does Alabama want it? We'll find out in roughly 24 hours...

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