Jones: 'It's going to be difficult' for Alabama to reclaim SEC title


Last weekend, the college football world learned that Alabama is vulnerable -- the defending national champions survived a scare in Gainesville, defeating SEC rival Florida, 31-29, in an unexpected nail-biter.

And while the Crimson Tide remain undefeated and the top-ranked program in the country, CBS Sports analyst Brian Jones harbors some doubts about their chances of capturing a conference title.

"I predicted that they wouldn't win the SEC West this year, I think it's going to be a tough row to hoe for them, moving forward," Jones told The DA Show on Thursday. "You've got Southern Miss this week, then you've got Ole Miss the following week. It's going to be difficult, because there's so much parity in the game now. The ranked teams have a lower winning percentage versus the unranked teams through three weeks for the first time since 2005...

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"There's a lot of parity in the game, which is great, I love it. For those who've been clamoring to see some new faces in the College Football Playoff, well, we may get our wish and this may be our year. But you still have to appreciate what Nick Saban and Alabama does..."

Despite the chaos, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young's first road start was a success. The true sophomore completed 22 of 35 passes for 240 yards with three touchdowns before a raucous crowd, and helped the Crimson Tide take a commanding 21-3 lead in the first quarter.

On the other hand, Alabama's defense wasn't up to snuff. The unit allowed at at least 29 points for just the third time since 2019, and conceded 440 yards and 26 first downs. The defense also gave up three rushing touchdowns for just the fifth time under Saban's watch. Florida averaged 6.0 yards per carry.

Alabama (3-0) should receive a much-needed breather on Saturday night, as they're scheduled to host Southern Miss (1-2) in Tuscaloosa. According to the William Hill Sportsbook, the Crimson Tide still have the best odds to win the SEC title (-170) and the national championship (+175).

The entire football conversation between Jones and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.

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