Takeaways: Concern for Bama, OSU?
September, 22, 2013
By Travis Haney | ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesNick Saban, left, and Urban Meyer are facing significant tests in Week 5.Late Saturday, ESPN's Scott Van Pelt sent out a tweet that said six ranked teams -- Baylor, FSU, Louisville, Miami, Ohio State and Washington -- won Saturday by a combined score of 405-20. It was an ugly illustration of a bizarrely bad day in the college game.
There are sometimes upsets on seemingly weak weeks, but even UConn’s bid against Michigan (more on that later) fell short.
Thank goodness for what’s next. Ranked meetings between Wisconsin and Ohio State, Ole Miss and Alabama and LSU and Georgia highlight a weekend that should make us forget what just happened.
In what state are those teams entering their big games? Are Ohio State and Alabama on upset alert? Is LSU poised to make a jump to the top of the polls? Let's take a look.
(Also included in Sunday's Takeaways: The future for Jeff Driskel-less Florida, heat checks in Lincoln, Austin and L.A. and why Florida State QB Jameis Winston might be tested sooner than you'd think.)
1. Should Alabama and Ohio State fans be worried heading into Week 5?
After a flawed (but still decisive) win over Colorado State on Saturday, the Crimson Tide can now turn their attention to Week 5 opponent Ole Miss. The Rebels frustrated Nick Saban and the Tide a year ago with their no-huddle offense, and while there is no way Alabama will be caught off-guard by it this season -- especially after it has already seen Texas A&M -- can the Rebs find a way to keep it close against the Tide? After all, Bama gave up 42 points and 600-plus yards to the Aggies, and Ole Miss has more pieces on offense this year than it did last year.