Tide better than it was at this point last year?

TUSCALOOSA — When Alabama headed into its bye week a year ago, it was undefeated through eight games, and it was ranked No. 2 in the major polls and the BCS standings.
That team went on to complete a perfect season and win a national championship.
The 2010 Crimson Tide can’t quite compare.
Can it?
It goes into its bye week with a 7-1 record. It is ranked No. 7 in the BCS standings and No. 6 in the major polls.
But the blemish is misleading, according to Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy.