SB Nation's Roll Bama Roll looks at the bigger picture for Alabama in today's game against LSU:
Where exactly do we stand as a team right now? That's admittedly a tough question to answer given the information we have at hand. The schedule over the first eight weeks turned out to be relatively easy as a handful of opponents expected to be strong turned out to be unusually weak, and in the wake of the South Carolina debacle there is only so much a team can prove by beating a couple of bad teams. No one is complaining about the 7-1 overall record or the fact that we control our own destiny in the national championship race, but it is relatively easy to question what it all means right now. Moving forward, the schedule clearly gets tougher, and we'll have to play at a higher level to run the table from here.
As we've said ever since the loss to South Carolina, for better or for worse we're going to find out what this team is made of when we make the trip to Baton Rouge this weekend.