Alabama is a great team. They have rightfully earned the accolades and awards heaped upon them with multiple national championships. Nick Saban is a great coach, one of the best ever. However, and again, with the utmost respect, this year’s Alabama team, at least on defense, does not resemble the championship teams of the past several years. The defense is one of the worst in the country, having already given up 52 points to their first three opponents. They are also allowing 420 total yards per game. Through three games it appears that Alabama’s best chances for winning another national championship and cementing their dynasty status, lie with the offense. Unless Saban can right the ship defensively, this may not be Alabama’s year.
Clemson is another of the top teams in the country, and possesses the marquee win against Georgia. Tajh Boyd is one of the leading Heisman candidates in the early going. However, after a less-than-stellar win over North Carolina State, Clemson also appears to have some distinct weaknesses.