The Alabama Crimson Tide stayed undefeated this past week despite the absence of star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. But despite climbing to 8-0, they still lost their No. 1 spot in the AP polls to LSU following the Tigers' win over Auburn.
Alabama hasn't missed a beat, but there's one flaw that even ESPN and SEC analyst Paul Finebaum can't ignore anymore.
In an appearance on ESPN's First Take on Wednesday, Finebaum complained that Alabama just doesn't have "a good win" yet. Finebaum joked that Alabama's "best win" came when First Take host Stephen A. Smith gave the team a speech before the season.
Via Saturday Down South:
“Alabama doesn’t have a good win, Stephen A.,” Finebaum said on the show. “Their best win of the year was getting you as a speaker back in August.”
Indeed, not only has Alabama not played anyone yet, they have the weakest strength of schedule of any Power Five team.
Their first challenge of the season won't be until November 9, when they take on No. 1 LSU. But by then, the first College Football Playoff poll will already be out, and Finebaum expects the Crimson Tide to debut at third.
Finebaum said he thinks Alabama will be No. 3 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, which will be released on Tuesday after this weekend’s games. He believes LSU will be No. 1, like it is in the AP poll, and Ohio State will be No. 2.
LSU fans recently had a big laugh at Alabama's expense, mocking the Tide's weak schedule in a parody of Scream.
Alabama will have a chance to silence the doubters when they host the Tigers on November 9.