Alabama’s Lackluster Win Raises Concerns
The Alabama Crimson Tide’s narrow 17-3 victory over the South Florida Bulls on Saturday did little to inspire confidence among voters. Despite being heavily favored, Alabama struggled to put away a team that went 1-11 last season. The Bulls, who haven’t won against a Football Bowl Subdivision program since the 2021 season, managed to keep the score tied at halftime and trailed by just one score in the fourth quarter.
The lackluster performance by Alabama led to their drop of three spots to 13th in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. This is the first time since 2015 that Alabama has been ranked outside of the top 10, following their upset loss against Ole Miss. Their streak of 128 consecutive weeks in the top 10, the second longest in the poll’s history, has come to an end. Taking their place as the team with the longest current streak is the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs, who have been ranked for 37 consecutive weeks.
Another streak that Alabama saw come to an end this week was their 42-game run since 2007 of scoring at least 20 points against non-Power-5 opposition. The Crimson Tide had dominated these games, winning by an average of 40 points. However, their struggles on offense against South Florida prevented them from extending this streak.