RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer
Alabama looked beatable for the first time.
The Ohio State defense still looks baffled, Clemson’s offense still looks limp, and Oklahoma still looks a long way from the top flight.
Maybe the college football super-team season won’t be so won after all?
The top-ranked Crimson Tide faced their first serious challenge, but managed to come out of The Swamp undefeated against the Florida No.11. The No.9 Buckeyes, No.6 Tigers and No.3 Sooners were also winners – with imperfections.
Those four teams combined for 20 college football playoff appearances. Fans, at least those of other teams, are lamenting the same old, same old and gearing up for another round in 2021.
Three weeks later, dare to dream of something different.
After taking a 21-3 lead things weren’t easy for Crimson Tide’s offense and maybe Nick Saban was right to worry about that run defense after the game against Mercer. The Gators ran for 245 yards – although they got nowhere on the potential 2-point conversion tied at the end of the fourth quarter.
Credit Florida coach Dan Mullen with back-to-back games against Alabama where – with very different staff – the Gators managed to make Tide’s offense work under pressure by slicing up his defense.