The soul-crushing defeat that the Alabama Crimson Tide sustained at the hands of Tennessee on Saturday night has many fans questioning the outlook on the 2022 team.

The No. 6 Crimson Tide (6-1, 3-1 SEC) fell to the Volunteers for the first time in 16 years. The 52-49 shootout was one of the most electrifying games in modern SEC history. Still, Alabama lost- and it's not something fans are used to in the Saban era.

Several are going to hit the panic button. The fact is, Alabama did well to escape Oct. 8's game against Texas A&M without losing. The Arkansas game featured trouble spots after Bryce Young exited with a shoulder injury. The desire of some players is being called into question.

There's a simple fix, and it is something Alabama fans are used to.

Alabama has to start winning games by sizable margins on a weekly basis.

The Crimson Tide handled business in its cupcake games during the early season but has now had three of seven games decided by one possession in 2022. Not every team's fan base could count this as a problem.

After a game marred by errors and poor play, Alabama has a chance to turn around and make a statement on Oct. 22. They will meet a talented, ranked Mississippi State team led by a prolific scheme and one of the most talented quarterbacks in the conference.

Blow them out, and the college football world will be back on notice.

Then, repeat it against Ole Miss, Austin Peay, and Auburn. Baton Rouge is always tough on Alabama, but a three-plus touchdown win there would go a long way to reassure the fan base.

There are issues that must be addressed in order for these scenarios to become reality. Strictly speaking from a fan reassurance standpoint, though, this is what the Crimson Tide fan base would be most comfortable with. In addition to that, it would serve as a reminder to other teams and the national media that Alabama is far from done.

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