Based off one mediocre performance and they still crushed VT
I want Bama to suck as much as anyone but they are loaded with talent and have great coaching. I would wait and see how much they improve bw 1st and 2nd game before saying the Angie's will beat them.
A&M beat them last year, and also have some talent on their side, namely the reigning Heisman trophy winner at the most important position. A&M likely will improve more based on suspensions on defense and offense. A&M is a legitimately great offense. Bama will be very good, but they are nowhere near 2011/12 team. Defensively very good, but a good defense needs a good offense to keep them fresh.
If you expect a team to have a weakened Oline, and then those expectations are confirmed in the first game, your conclusion is based on more than just one mediocre game. They crushed VT's special teams, if they get 2 ST TDs in every game they will be unbeatable, but if they don't get them against a team like A&M or LSU, you will see a good team not great one. I'm not knocking Saban or Bama's talent, but it just looks like they don't have the right chemistry at the moment. Maybe it will get a lot better in the coming weeks.