It has been more than 150 years since the War of Northern Aggression as some folks South of the Mason-Dixon line label the Civil War, the War Between the States, or the War of Southern Aggression.

But in the deep South–where  Southeastern Conference college football lives, there are signs that the battle for supremacy is  now in question.

Oh, not to the point where anyone is disputing who is the best program, with the best team, with the best coach and arguably the best barbecue (Original Dreamland). That would be Alabama and Nick Saban, of course.

The defending national champions will close the first part of their season on Saturday when they face Florida in the SEC title game in Atlanta. The Tide is a 23 point favorite, which prompted talk that Alabama can lose to the Gators and might still stay at No. 1 and would certainly not drop out of the Final Four playoff picture. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.