Alabama and Georgia have established themselves as clear national title contenders through the first five weeks of the 2021 college football season. The two SEC programs are ranked first and second in the AP poll, and they have looked comfortable in each of their victories. Danny Kanell, however, isn’t convinced that the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs are invincible.
Kanell questioned whether Alabama and Georgia had “separated” themselves from the rest of the nation’s best teams. While he agrees that the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs are the clear top two right now, he believes the gap between them and the rest of the field isn’t that wide, and that either program could be caught off guard later in the season. “I keep seeing this narrative that “two teams have separated” from the rest..”
Although Alabama and Georgia are clearly first and second, the gap between them is not as wide as most people believe. “Both can be beaten,” Kanell tweeted on Sunday morning .
I keep seeing this narrative that “two teams have separated” from the rest. Bama and Georgia are very clearly 1 and 2 but that gap is not as significant as you’ll hear from most. Both are beatable.
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) October 3, 2021
Kanell may be right later in the season, but Alabama and Georgia both silenced any lingering doubters this weekend with dominating performances over top opponents.
Alabama suffocated No. 12 Ole Miss, jumping out to a 28-point halftime lead and then sealing the deal from there. Nick Saban’s defense shut down Lane Kiffin’s high-powered offense, proving that Tuscaloosa is still on the way to winning the SEC West. On Saturday afternoon, Georgia put up a strong performance on both sides of the ball against No. 8 Arkansas. Even without starting quarterback JT Daniels, the Bulldogs won 37-0 thanks to a rushing attack and a tight defensive effort.
Neither team has an easy schedule the rest of the way, but they’ll be favorites in every game going forward. Next week, Alabama will try to keep the momentum going on the road against Texas A&M, while Georgia will visit Auburn to face the Tigers.