Analyze Alabama’s status after narrowly losing the national title game at your peril. In the meantime, consider this:
On top of that, there is a huge climb for any SEC team to remotely challenge Bama right now. No team in the conference had less than four losses and no team other than Bama won 10 games. Bama can take a step back and still be two steps ahead of anyone in the conference. They are doing a pretty good impression of Florida State in the 1990s, with the rest of the SEC playing the part of the ACC minnows.
Within the conference, the question isn’t whether Alabama has slid a bit lately. It’s whether it’s slid less than any other SEC school lately. For the moment, it’s pretty obvious what the answer to that question is.