I’m still reeling from a day of college football (the drinking has nothing to do with it…). Alabama tried to give me a heart attack, but yet again showed the ability to win. This game was quite unsettling because yes, Alabama was playing the #10 team at Arkansas (about as tough a scenario as you can get), but it just represents one of many tests. After Arkansas, Alabama has to play top ten team Florida, then follow it up with a ranked South Carolina team on the road. Then, the “easy” part of the schedule which features traditional rivals Tennessee, LSU, and Auburn. Two of those teams are ranked, two of those games will be on the road, and all three of those teams will be coming off bye weeks. This schedule might end up being tougher than last year’s schedule for Alabama, which ended up being one of the greatest seasons of all time and the second most difficult schedule in the country (only topped by Miss. State who had to play Alabama). There is a certain frustration to this, the type of test that for many would be season defining, is one of several for Alabama.
This frustration grows when we contrasted to a team like Boise State. Boise State is undefeated as well, highly ranked as well and favored by some to play for a championship as well. The difference? Boise State is considered to have passed all their tests. Let’s forget that the three teams that BS played are 4-7, let’s set aside the fact that Boise State’s toughest test was a team that lost to James Madison at home. This has been Boise State’s season and now they face cupcakes, the land of homecoming teams. Their championship resume will end up being the equivalent of making straight As in middle school then trying to use that to get into college. However, through clever misinformation, tricky scheduling, and the help of an ESPN with a financial stake in the matter, BS has managed to become the darling of some.