It's not going to win any award for most dominating victory of the year, but Alabama looked far better than some of its SEC peers who faced Southern Conference teams, clocking Georgia Southern 45-21 to move to 10-1 on the season and keep the Tide's hopes for a BCS bowl berth (and maybe more?) alive.
But if you were looking for a reason to be skeptical of Alabama's defense, it was there: 302 yards on 39 carries, a 7.7-yard average that can partially be explained by Georgia Southern's flexbone offense. But that's still not the kind of defensive performance that SEC fans have come to expect.
A win's a win, though, and the Eagles never got closer than within 10 points of the Tide. There are a lot of SEC teams that would take that right about now.