Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Alabama still meets ‘standard’ to outsiders
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
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Alabama's AJ McCarron and his Crimson Tide still is No. 1 in both major polls. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Alabama's AJ McCarron and his Crimson Tide still is No. 1 in both major polls. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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It’s a good that Alabama’s following has an outside world to provide perspective, and perspective came in the form of today’s release of this season’s first regular-season Associated Press poll.

Alabama is still No. 1 after disappointing those who follow the program most closely Saturday. No surprise there.

In a mild surprise, the Crimson Tide did not lost one first-place vote. Just as in preseason, Alabama got 58.

It seems the rest of the world saw a 35-10 Alabama victory over Virginia Tech, while state reporters (yours truly, included) and Alabama fans saw issues in the offensive line and uncomfortable moments from secondary.

The mentality here has gone beyond just an expectation that comes from Alabama’s three national titles in four years under Nick Saban. It seems Saban has successfully coached up his environs.

Alabama fans and state media go to Crimson Tide games looking for Saban’s “standard”. The following goes looking for dominance, so any not-so-dominant phase of Alabama’s game stands out.

Well, for what it’s worth, the rest of the world still believes the best team in college football wears crimson. That counts for something.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Medley at jmedley@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @jmedley_star.

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