It should be a tough grind over the next couple of weeks as the Tide continue to play good defenses like they did last week. The trick is that this week's opponent South Carolina has a functional offense.
With the win over LSU, the gap is razor thin here. In terms of common opponents with Alabama, Florida holds the better win over Kentucky. This week we'll get to see if UF can beat out Bama's 35-7 win over Arkansas.
My, what a drop off after the top two. LSU is still a year away from contending for a spot above third.
4. South Carolina
I put the Gamecocks here because of the 5-1 record, but the loss to Georgia is not looking so good.
When comparing Arkansas with South Carolina, they have the better win with Auburn than SC has with Ole Miss. However, their loss to Georgia was worse.
No one else they face has as good an offense as Arkansas does until they get to the Iron Bowl at the end. If they pull out the win over LSU, 10-2 is looking very possible.
UT gets the edge here for now thanks to the big win, but winning over Georgia doesn't really look all that big.
8. Ole Miss
I give the Rebels this spot because the defense is for real. The offense is completely squandering it though.
Oy. The win over South Carolina is good, but that loss to Tennessee is bad.
Kentucky is plucky, but they're really not anything better than last year.
11. Mississippi State
The moral victory champions of the league so far.
At least they support the troops, right?