The question that seems to be coming up more and more every day is this: Does the Alabama football team still have a shot at winning a third straight national title? My answer: Yes.
We are exactly at the halfway point for the 2013 football season: 6 games played, 6 more to go. So far, the Tide has shown its dominance the first half of the season, winning majority of the games by a margin of 25+ points. Although the wins haven’t necessarily been as impressive or as smooth as previous seasons, somehow the Tide is pulling through when it matters most and that’s what counts.
Here are several things the Tide is doing right, as well as things they need to work on to have a chance of three-peating.
- Improvements on offense. The first few games of the year, the Tide struggled on many different aspects of offense. The running game and offensive line have continued to improve every game. The offensive line has created a better pocket for AJ McCarron as well as create holes for Yeldon, Fowler, and Drake to run through. The running game for the Tide has also dramatically improved. As the season has progressed so has the Tide’s ability to create big plays by running the ball, something the Tide is very familiar with in past seasons.
- Dominance. Although the Tide sometimes struggle to get started, they have always found a way to right the ship, which is a quality of a national title team. Dominance isn’t always portrayed on the scoreboard but by the individual stats of the players. Games like Texas A&M showed a long, hard battle during the entire game. Games like Kentucky showed a slow, rough start, but a continued battle with great results for the Tide. Dominance has been shown by the Tide in the past two seasons as well, just in different ways.
- Defense. The Tide has outscored their opponents by a score of 233-68. The defense has done a tremendous job improving their speed, field vision, and giving pressure from the defensive line. Since the Texas A & M game, the Tide’s defense has only allowed 16 points, showing the nation that the Crimson Tide is cruising on the road to their 16th national title.
What the Tide needs to work on:
- Better first half games. The Tide has struggled several times this season in putting points on the board in the first half. With a big game like LSU left in the season, the Tide needs to work on executing plays in the first half as well.
All in all, the Tide’s improvement throughout the season shows just how much the “Three Peat” is desired. If the Tide hopes to make that dream a reality, they must have a better first half, stay humble against all opponents, and continue to improve each and every game. After all, with Nick Saban as a coach, even the most impossible college football dreams easily become realities.