Schlabach: Bama clearly team to beat

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- So who is college football's second-best team after Georgia upset turnover-plagued Florida 17-9 on Saturday?

Is it No. 3 Kansas State, which walloped No. 14 Texas Tech 55-24 to improve to 8-0?

Is it No. 4 Oregon, which scored eight touchdowns in the first half of a 70-14 rout of lowly Colorado?

Or is it No. 5 Notre Dame, which announced its return to national relevance once and for all with a 30-13 victory at No. 8 Oklahoma?

After watching No. 1 Alabama dismantle No. 11 Mississippi State 38-7 in front of a sellout crowd of 101,821 fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday night, I can offer you an educated guess.

The argument over No. 2 doesn't even matter.

None of the above-mentioned teams is good enough on both offense and defense to beat the Crimson Tide, the defending BCS national champions.

This Alabama team, which improved to 8-0 going into next week's SEC West showdown at No. 6 LSU, might be as good as (or even better than) the 2011 squad that finished 12-1 and defeated the Tigers 21-0 in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans.

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