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How good is Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide are off to a 3-0 start in their quest to become the first team to three-peat as BCS national champions.

The Tide already knocked off the team that was supposed to be their biggest challenge of the season, Texas A&M;, 49-42. AJ McCarron is in his third year as the team’s quarterback. Over the years he has gone from a guy who just handed the ball off and watched as his team earned a championship for him, to one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the nation.

McCarron is considerably better than he was last year, which is scary, considering he was by no means a weak link last year. Through three games, he has passed for over 700 yards and six touchdowns while completing almost 65 percent of passes.

TJ Yeldon has stepped into the running back vacancy left by Eddie Lacy’s departure to the NFL. He ran for 273 yards in the first three games and is averaging over 5.5 yards per carry.

Christion Jones and DeAndrew White have proven to be an excellent receiving tandem. The Alabama passing game is looking its best since Julio Jones left three years ago.

Jones is great all-around receiver, who looks to have a bright future at the next level. White, on the other hand, is a pure speed receiver that can thrive in an offense that runs so often. As soon as the opposing team moves their defenders up to stop the run, McCarron can hit White deep. They have already connected for a 30 and a 44-yard touchdown this season.

The defense is looking strong as usual. They did allow 42 points to Texas A&M; and Johnny Manziel, but so will just about any team. The defense managed to force Manziel into two interceptions, including one that was returned 73 yards for a touchdown by Vinnie Sunseri.

Now that they have beaten A&M;, the biggest challenge left on the schedule should be LSU on November 9. LSU also has national championship aspirations, but Alabama appears to be better and have done really well against Nick Saban’s former team in the past.

But, the biggest threat to meet Alabama in the BCS title game has to be Oregon. Oregon has a very potent offense and can put up a big number of points against any team. However, their defense does not pose much of a threat to a power team like Alabama.

The Crimson Tide are poised to win their third consecutive championship. There is no telling how long this dynasty will continue to dominate the NCAA.

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