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Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief
There must be a reason Alabama head coach Nick Saban likes the word “finish” so much. Perhaps it’s because in each of his five seasons at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has gotten off to honor-roll starts – but hasn’t always finished the season on a similar level.
When Alabama finally woke up – no doubt aided by a Nick Saban-infused alarm bell at halftime – the Crimson Tide proved the Commodores’ nation-leading 14 interceptions and stout run defense numbers were mostly smoke and mirrors.
If the SEC continues down this path, it needs to be mindful of the reality of current Division-IA football: Undefeated records still mean more than anything else.
Vanderbilt’s primary advantage is having had an off-week last Saturday, while Alabama traveled to Gainesville to battle with a physical Florida team. The Commodores’ only chance will be to catch Alabama flat-footed.
This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded.
This week, Georgia and Tennessee, LSU and Florida and Auburn and Arkansas headline the SEC’s offerings in a critical week for division title races.
After a week of hearing about how Florida was new and improved, Alabama put an old-style beatdown on the Gators, in their own backyard, and it could have been much worse – especially if the field officials had correctly ruled on John Brantley’s fumble at the end of the first half.
It will take Muschamp a couple of years to fully transition Florida from a spread-option team to a pro set team in personnel terms. The Gators’ current running backs are not ideally suited to running his offense. But Florida is on much firmer ground than it was when the 2010 season closed.
The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded.
This week, Alabama and Florida headline the schedule, but Arkansas-Texas A&M and Auburn-South Carolina are both huge tests and difficult to pick.