By Allen Faul, Rant Sports:
One month into the college football season, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide have played the part of the country’s most dominant program, but even the great teams need to take a break. The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s preseason schedule was daunting as many “ohhed” and “ahhed” at the challenge of two top ten teams in the first three weeks of the season. Pundits stood on their pedestal, exclaiming that it would be the perfect storm for either the Michigan Wolverines or Arkansas Razorbacks to topple the Tide and expose a rebuilding team from Tuscaloosa.
The bye will also give the Tide a chance to regroup after losing three key contributors on offense to season ending knee injuries. A strength at the beginning of the season, the running back corps’ depth is razor thin after the losses of Jalston Fowler and Dee Hart, as the question is asked among fans who might be moved into the backfield to provide additional depth. At wide receiver, Amari Cooper’s role may have been increased as the freshman will be forced to grow up fast upon the injury of DeAndrew White. Yes, the bye week will provide a chance to polish up the act and provide an opportunity for others to step up in place of their injured teammates; come October 13th, the Tide will rise again. [More]