TMG Newsmaker of the Week: Alabama

They started their season as defending national champions, and a Pre-season No. 1 pick. They began their season with a 52-6 rout of USC. They are now halfway through their season and have yet to stumble, yet there remain some doubters about the invincibility of Coach Nick Saban's team, although they are steadily declining in numbers..

Last week the Tide faced what appeared to be a real challenge--unbeaten, but very lucky and No. 9 Tennessee. The game was in Knoxville. Alabama won 49-10, although Tennessee's roster was depleted by injuries and suspensions.

This week the challenge looks just as daunting. Texas A&M is coming to Tuscaloosa. The Aggies ARE at full strength. They are off to their best start in 22 seasons.

Alabama's toughest test of the season, right?

We will see. Vegas doesn't think so. The Tide is 18.5 point favorites against an UNBEATEN and a team ranked No. SIX in the country.

Indeed, we will see. But for what the Tide has done so far and what it could accomplish on Saturday by overcoming another obstacle, Alabama is TMG's Newsmaker of The Week.