There's evidence that bye weeks improve a team's performance by a couple points. That's usually not enough against the Tide. In two weeks, No. 1 Alabama hosts current No. 8 Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa. It’ll be a battle between the two best teams in the SEC, and it will surely be fun.
But the teams will enter that week from different places. A&M will come off this upcoming week’s bye, while Alabama will spend the week squatting several tons worth of Tennessee – still the SEC East’s favorite after a good-luck comeback turned tough-luck loss against A&M this weekend.