Roundtable: A Tennessee test?

Chris Low stops by TideNation to discuss the state of the Tide

Updated: October 16, 2012, 11:20 PM ET
By Greg Ostendorf | TideNation
Alabama-Tennessee Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesThe TideNation panel isn't quite sure if Tennessee will provide the biggest test that No. 1 Alabama will see to date.
Every other week, TideNation's writers will answer a handful of questions that address a pressing topic regarding the Alabama football program. And with every roundtable, we'll seek out the opinions of a guest. This week's contributor is ESPN SEC reporter Chris Low.

What do we know about Alabama as a national title contender?
Low: First off, they're still very good on defense. They're the kind of defense that's not going to give up a lot of points, which mean they're going to be in every game. They've also been one of the best teams in the country in turnover margin, and they really don't do anything offensively to give the other team any easy scores. The final thing would be, they have the offensive line that can take over games, and when they finally do get into a close game at the end, it's the kind of offensive line you can sort of put the game on their shoulders and feel good that they're going to get it done.

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