Alright Alabama, now we're all watching you. Head coach Nick Saban might be urging everyone to temper their expectations after a dominant 34-10 win over Clemson in the Georgia Dome, but no one's buying it. If you can blow away a national title-caliber team that badly, your time is now and the spotlight is on. The Tide will blow through the next two weeks against Tulane and Western Kentucky, will go through the motions and beat Arkansas, and then it's on. The September 27th game at Georgia now looks like something special. First, the Tide has to prove that it can keep its head on straight against a Tulane team playing its first game of the year. If it's possible to use Alabama as a tune-up game in some way, Tulane has to do it with a key Conference USA battle against East Carolina next week. Alabama will be pumped up out of the tunnel, but will have a hard time bringing the intensity for the first half. Even so, the defense will tee off on the Tulane running game, the Green Wave passing attack won't work well enough, and the Tide will come away with a sloppy win.
Prediction: Alabama 30 ... Tulane 9