Joe Medley: Calm down Tide fans... if you dare, bwahahaha
by Joe Medley
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Alabama coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide play Tennessee this weekend. (Photo by Bill Wilson)
Alabama coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide play Tennessee this weekend. (Photo by Bill Wilson)
Feel vulnerable much, Alabama fans? Maybe a little insecure? No?

OK, then, so you weren’t among those who temporarily forgot how to breathe when quarterback AJ McCarron didn’t hop back up off the turf at Missouri on Saturday.

You weren’t part of the Yellowhammer Freakout when someone with “sources” reported that McCarron’s injury is worse than acknowledged publicly.

You didn’t just have that walked-through-a-haunted-house feeling after digesting reports that have the Cleveland Browns targeting Nick Saban.

All of those reports have been denied/shot down/debunked, so whew! Back to that chest-out, invulnerable front.

Parity, schmarity.

Other peoples’ problems.

Won’t happen here, and if it did, why we’ll just trot out the next five-star quarterback or promote Kirby Smart and roll on.

Yeah, while you’re insecure, let’s talk about Alabama’s Bowl Championship Series security.

You mean there’s no insecurity about that? Really?

Well, um, Alabama does have 229 of 234 first-place votes in the three major polls, including all but five No. 1 votes in the two human polls that factor into the BCS standings. One supposes that’s meaningful, in as much as anything is meaningful in mid-October.

The season’s first set of BCS standings, which came out Sunday, also showed a healthy respect from the computer rankings, in as much as computers show respect.

Alabama was No. 3 in the computer component, which accounts for a third of the BCS formula. Color that No. 3 ranking amazing, considering all of the opponents to date that have painted whippings from Alabama into general pictures of disappointment.

The schedule gets tougher with No. 6 LSU, No. 15 Mississippi State and No. 20 Texas A&M ahead, so that computer number should stay high enough … assuming Alabama wins those games, which the Tide plays back-to-back-to-back without an open date.

Come to think of it, all of that respect in the human polls kind of depends on Alabama winning out. If Alabama becomes a one-loss team, that respect in the human polls might depend on there being only one unbeaten team among those currently in the BCS top 5.

You’ve heard of SEC fatigue, right?

The whole SEC-has-won-six-straight-BCS-titles thing?

The whole Bama-got-two-chances-at-LSU thing from last season?

Yeah, folks outside the SEC remain burned about that. It burned the college football world enough that the sport’s power brokers rode the wave of negative energy into finally adopting a four-team playoff/event thingie, starting in 2014.

To this point in 2012, Alabama hasn’t given voters any hint of an excuse. The Tide has looked so dominant that, well, we see the first-place votes.

But what if Alabama loses a game?

What if LSU, which followed three weeks of sketchy football with an impressive victory over South Carolina on Saturday, keeps its act together through Nov. 3 and beats Alabama at home for the first time since … since the last time they played there?

What if “Johnny Football” breaks through Alabama’s defense enough to keep A&M in it late against the Tide?

What if Mississippi State … nah, couldn’t happen. Could it?

Considering the ill mood surrounding the SEC and Alabama’s role in stoking it, the Tide dare not risk being a one-loss team.

The Tide dare not risk getting McCarron or (gasp!) others we could mention hurt.

The Tide dare not, for a split second, dart its gaze at speculation about Saban or any other potential distraction, no matter how much fans panic in social media and on talk radio.

Feel vulnerable much, Alabama fans? Maybe a little insecure?

Are you sure?


Sports Columnist Joe Medley: 256-235-3576. On Twitter @jmedley_star.
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