One versus two. Speed versus power. Old school versus new and flashy. Could this match-up get any cooler?
Say what you want about the BCS, the SEC’s annoyingly long reign on college football or how ugly some of Oregon’s jerseys can be, if all goes according to plan in the college football world, it’s going to be Ducks and Tide for a shot at the crystal football. So how will the consensus No. 1 and No. 2 face off against one another come January?
Let’s take a look.
Alabama Crimson Tide
35-0 over Western Kentucky. 52-0 over Arkansas. 41-14 over No. 8 Michigan. Alabama is not jus proving that it can quiet opposing offenses, but that they can shut them down while putting up some pretty good offensive numbers as well. Through five games, Alabama has given up seven points per game (best in the country) and is reaping the benefits of A.J. McCarron’s Heisman caliber start (12 TDs and almost 1,000 yards already). The most complete team in the country has really only been challenged once so far this season, but they came back in less than a minute to go back up and eventually take down Ole Miss 33-14.
Few teams have figured out what it takes to slow down the Oregon scoring machine. Scratch that, nobody has even come close. With more than 50 points per game through their first five match-ups of the season, the Ducks are proving that not only can they score, but that they can explode (see 21 point third quarter against Washington State). Behind the 1-2 running attack of Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas, it will be interesting to see if anyone can keep the Ducks below 30 points this season.
I admit that I’m biased. I’m absolutely sick of SEC teams (especially ‘Bama) running the table over every other conference in the country for the title. That being said, you just can’t deny the Tide. If the two teams were to meet this weekend, it would be one of the best match-ups of defense and offense that college football has ever seen. If the game went into overtime tied 21-21 then I wouldn’t be surprised at all, but for now, I realistically see the Ducks forgetting how to score against a team from Alabama for the second time in three years. Crimson Tide 21-10