Randy Cross: "Only Health" Can Stop Alabama

LSU? Georgia? Clemson? Maybe, Randy Cross says, but Alabama should finish undefeated

Taz and the Moose
October 23, 2018 - 10:46 am

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No. 1 Alabama is 8-0 and hasn’t won a single game by fewer than 22 points. At this point, what can stop the Tide from winning another national title?

“I think only health at this point,” CBS Sports Network college football analyst Randy Cross said on Taz & The Moose. “Nick Saban has established a juggernaut as a program as far as the competition involved. They don’t need much in the way of outside motivation. Most of their motivation comes either from their staffs or themselves.”

Sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has put up silly numbers. He’s completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 2,066 yards, 25 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Jalen Hurts, meanwhile, has been beyond solid in mop-up duty. He’s completed 73.6 percent of his passes for 589 yards, five touchdowns and two picks.

“Those are two really, really good quarterbacks, and they compete day-in and day-out,” Cross said. “It’s like that at every single position. I don’t know if we’ve seen this in recent history – one program sort of getting a leg up on everybody else. Two weeks ago, Ohio State looked like they were getting ready to get in that same category because their offense was so explosive. And now it’s not even close.”

Indeed, Purdue embarrassed the Buckeyes 49-20 in West Lafayette on Saturday.

Looking ahead, Alabama’s toughest remaining test may come in its next game: at No. 4 LSU (7-1) on Nov. 3.

“I think LSU is a team that has the physical talent that can challenge Alabama,” Cross said. “Maybe eventually down the road if Georgia can kind of get their act together after having their stumble. A team like Auburn in a rivalry game, you never really know what can happen in a game like that. But you just look at it on paper and you look at numbers, the numbers say they should go through this thing undefeated.”

No. 2 Clemson (7-0) likely poses the biggest non-SEC threat to Alabama. The Tigers, though, have looked vulnerable at times, having beaten Texas A&M (5-2) and Syracuse (5-2) by a combined six points.

“Their defense, I think, can stand toe-to-toe with Alabama,” Cross said. “I think Clemson is really good. I just don’t know if they’re quite at that level yet. But then again, they don’t really have to be until late-December, early January down the road if they were to see Alabama. So they, of all the teams, have got the most potential as far as beating Alabama.”