Are Fans Overreacting to Alabama’s Shortcomings?
As per usual, Alabama football has run through its home nonconference schedule in 2022.
As per usual, fans aren't wholly satisfied.
The Crimson Tide's 3-0 start includes wins over Utah State (55-0) and Louisiana-Monroe (63-7). Meanwhile, Georgia has beaten two power five teams by a combined margin of 97-10.
The Bulldogs are the top team in the AP Poll after Saturday's win over South Carolina. Alabama fans were quick to pick apart the mistakes their team made in the showing against the Warhawks.
The biggest question mark for Alabama is the offensive line, and this holds true weeks into the campaign. This was a known point of issue entering the season and it seems growth isn't happening as expeditiously as fans would like.
Some fans have also taken issue with the running game and offensive playcalling. The offense has largely gone through the versatility of Jahmyr Gibbs, who has been a vital piece in the Crimson Tide attack. Without him, the Texas game might have gone a different way.
Are Alabama fans overreacting?
The Crimson Tide is the No. 2 team in the nation and will likely contend for conference championships and the national championship. No team is perfect. What Georgia is doing to teams certainly hasn't gone unnoticed, and it shouldn't.
Using the Bulldogs as an example, without injuries, Alabama might have beaten them twice in 2021.
Nick Saban is the greatest college football coach to ever grace a sideline. This isn't his first rodeo, and he's making what he does for a reason. Four of the six national championships he has won at the Capstone didn't come from perfect seasons.
Alabama fans know there's more work to be done, but that doesn't always mean worst case scenario.