We hold our college football title contenders to a different standard. We talked about Alabama’s 63-48 win over Ole Miss like the Tide survived a major scare, but Ole Miss never had the ball down just one possession in the game’s final seven minutes. We’re talking about Ohio State’s 42-35 win over Indiana in the same terms, but the Hoosiers never had the ball within 60 yards of tying the game late. Only for the elite would a two-touchdown win over a top-50 team or a one-score win over a top-30 team feel like reason for concern.
Alabama responded well to its “scare” — the Tide have outscored their last four opponents by an average of 48-11. Now it’s time to see what Ohio State does. In the meantime, though, Saturday’s results made SP+ far more confident in the Tide than the Buckeyes. For the last three weeks now, the