Thursday, October 1, 2015
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Week 5 Bama vs Dawgs in Athens
The words most spoken on radio across
the South regarding this game is "Must Win". Must win for Bama and must win for Georgia. Clichés
are: well clichés. Bama comes into this game as a 2 ½ point underdawg (pun intended). This is the first
time since 2009 that Bama has not been favored in a game. The record belongs to Bama at 72 games being favored,
but not Saturday.
So, the Crimson Tide will have a role they are not familiar
with. Georgia comes in with a record of 4-0 ranked 8th and Bama 13th at 3 -1 with the loss
to Ole Miss - still looming. Bama would put that bitter memory behind them quickly with a win over the Dogs... but can
they? Georgia arguably has one of the best if not the best RB in the nation - and Bama has a back who is not so bad
himself. Georgia's coaching staff is made up of several former Bama coaches - thus many say Mark Richt is emulating
Bama and that has put Ga in a position to be more consistent.
a big game, big for both and since Bama is on the road, they have a loss, and it makes sense they are not favored.
I suspect both coaches will be close to the vest, and not taking a lot of chances.
Expect a lot of punts and a lot of 3 yards and a cloud...wait - it is going to rain... not a little, but a lot - so 3 yards
and a mud puddle.
The rain won't in my opinion favor either game - it
will again, make the coaches be ultra conservative. Both teams will be ready, the rain will not decide the game, but
if the rain is hard enough, the team who manages to hold the ball and win the kicking game will win the game.
Bama will be that team.
Bama 17 Georgia 16
Friday, September 25, 2015
Week 4 Bama vs ULM
Fri, September 25, 2015 | link
Week 4 Bama Vs ULM
Who'd of thunk it.
Bama falls to the Rebels for the 2nd year in a row. The game was as close as the score indicated but was
up and down at best. I was there, very hard to watch Alabama play so sloppy, however credit too goes to Ole Miss, as
each time Bama would pull close, Ole Miss would score to take the wind out of their sails. The positives I saw - Bama
never gave up the ghost, when down by 20 they fought back and had an opportunity to drive and score with 3:03 left on the
clock, but one of the five turnovers of the day occurred at the worst time for the Tide and best for Ole Miss.
This one hurt, however there were again, some positives and I believe if QB play can solidify,
this team still has a shot.
This week Alabama is at home against Louisiana
Monroe - The War Hawks..... and the Tide is a 38 point favorite.
I don't like these sandwich games, I have some trepidation as I recall Bama falling to ULM in Nick Sabans first year the Tide
was a 25 point favorite and laid an egg in a loss to the War Hawks !!! Will it happen again? Likely not.... I think
Bama is just to0 strong defensively and too deep... for a slip up to occur. I would love to see the Crimson Tide live
up to the preseason hype, shut out ULM and get the offense on track.
Bama 42 ULM 14
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Thu, September 17, 2015 | link
Week 3 Sept
19 Bama Vs Ole Miss Rebs
Last week, I simply "forgot" to post to my blog prior to the Bama vs MTSU game - and perhaps that is the
best description of the game itself.
I had a group at my house to watch and we all basically were lethargic - and for lack of a better word, sleepwalked
through the game. And I suppose though Bama came away with a win, it seemed some of the players were doing the same.
scored 37 points and held MTSU to 10, with a late touchdown ... non the less, Bama seemed out of sync at times and out of
rhythm. As promised, Saban played 2 QB's - and honestly didn't get great production from either. In my mind, Coker
still is the person to beat.
Ratchet up the intensity this week as the OLE Miss Rebs, come to Tuscaloosa. Bama fans don't need reminding
nor, want to be reminded that Ole Miss defeated Bama last year in Oxford. In a game where Alabama turned the ball
over, uncharacteristically leading to the defeat by 6 points.
Fast forward this year and we find Bama and Ole Miss again meeting
this year in Tuscaloosa, and both undefeated. Bama ranked in the top 5 and Ole Miss in the top 20. Though Bama
is favored in the game, many are predicting Bama to fall. Ole Miss comes in averaging more than 70 points per game -
more than Bama has scored in both its contests. Ole Miss has played a couple of cupcakes, but 70 points even if in practice
Bama has been impressive with the front 7 and many say the secondary is still suspect. I suspect that will
be put to test at the 8:15 kick off on Saturday.
I think this will be a great game and a great way for both teams to kick off S.E.C.
play. Bama at home will take this one in a close game.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
2015 RTR - Bama Vs Wisconsin
Tue, September 1, 2015 | link
to 2015 College Football - Take a breath, make time slow down, because these next few weeks will be exciting and go fast...
What a difference a year makes, or in this case 9 months.
Today is the first day I have looked at my prognostication since Bama
lost to Ohio State in the Sugar bowl in the inaugural playoffs in college FB.
I can take some solace in the fact that I forecast the Bama score within a point - however I missed OSU by 16.
Apparently Bama's Defense was celebrating too early... and OSU certainly didn't lose focus as they took
it to the Tide in what was a defeat that left many scratching their collective heads. This Bama team, arguably the strongest
and best offensive team the Crimson Tide has ever put on the field, couldn't hold their opponent to under 42 points? Wait
- what am I saying, Auburn hung 44 on the Tide and gained over 600 yards in what was a come from behind
victory for Bama. Should that have been a glimpse into the troubles ahead? Of course it should, but fans (and
I am a fan) tend to overlook those things when a W is the result.
Ohio State was
and is for real Bama found that out in head to head competition. Being a fan, I hope and believe that Coach Saban and
staff, said hey - what happened to the vaunted Bama Defensive. The "Make is #ss quit" defense. I hope
and believe that the Coach is determined to get that Defense and put them back on the field in 2015.
But how do you replace Amari Cooper, TJ Yeldon and Blake Sims? I am asking
myself those questions and the answers on paper are - Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake and a QB tba.
Wait, what? No QB yet? That's right and I can remember (I'm old - a purist - traditionalist kind of guy) when
no QB announced a week before game time would be certain death - or at least enough to strike fear in even the most fanatic
of fans. Today though, the game has changed so much, it simply doesn't mean as much. Oh sure, I would much rather
have a proven guy to step in and take the first snap from center. But last year, least we remember, Sims was a stinker
in the spring game and most thought his debut would be a disaster... and that turned out to be a pretty good story.
So, we enter 2015 with a proven RB - tandem, great talent on the O line, great talent at WR (though no Cooper) and a Defense
that many say will rival any Saban has fielded. So now worries right ? Haha, I'd be worried if Bama was lining
up against a West East North State, instead they are going against what is truly the epitome of SMASHMOUTH FOOTBALL - the
When I think Wisconsin
I think, RUNNING GAME. Most people do. Season openers are tricky, and last year Bama had a win in it's opener
in Atlanta, but was less than impressive. This year in a bigger venue (Dallas JerryWorld) the Tide has an opportunity
to make a statement - will they? I certainly hope so. On paper, Bama is a favorite - more talent, pure and simple.
And as the cliché says, they don't play the game on paper.
Wisconsin has some injury problems on the O line and a running back who averages over
7 YPC last year. With Bama having what many say is the best front 7 in CFB, that is where I think the big advantage
belongs to Bama. Bama should also have an advantage in field position with JK Scott returning as the punter.
Those two things combined with the fact that Wisconsin is not the kind of team that gave
Bama fits last year (See OSU and AU) I believe will result in Bama keeping Nick Saban's season opener
no loss record, intact.
I am so happy FB Season is here!!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Sugar Bowl - Bama Vs Ohio State -
Tue, December 30, 2014 | link
History in the Making - Bama, once again finds itself
in the midst of it. Alabama and 3 other teams, Ohio State, Oregon and Florida State are taking part in the first ever
College Football Playoff. Bama is no stranger to such historic events, as in 1992 Bama played in the first SEC Championship
game vs the Fla Gators. That worked well for Bama - as they went on to win the National Championship against Miami.
Let's hope Bama has the same result as history is again being made. Speaking
of SEC Championship Games - Bama cruised to an easy 42 to 14 victory over the Mizo Tigers.
The final edition of the "Selection Committee" resulted in Bama being the top seed, and
playing vs Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, as Oregon and Fla State are dueling in the Rose. Winner, will move on to Dallas
on Jan 12 to play for the first College Playoff Champion.
Vegas and most
"prognosticators" have Bama as a big favorite in this game... double digits in most corners - and given the circumstances
that OSU has a 3rd string QB starting in a game this big, it makes sense. However that same QB led the Bucks
to a 59 - 0 Victory in the Big 10 Champ game - vs Wisconsin. I know Bama isn't Wisconsin, but you have to remember
what Coach Bryant was fond of saying, "I don't care who you play, even if it is sisters of the poor, to score (59) and
hold them to zero, that is a good team."
Wisconsin did what they
could to help, with turnovers and sloppy play, but OSU is a great team with what appears to be a very talented offense who
is averaging 45 PPG and 508 Total yards per game, while surrendering 21 and 327 respectively. How does that compare
to Bama ? Bama 37 PPG and 488, defensively Bama 17 and 312.
on paper as you can see this is an evenly matched game. I think all the pressure is on Bama - because of what is at
stake of course the same is at state for OSU, but they were not expected to be this far, and Bama well they were picked by
many to be here.
Advantage to Bama playing in NOLA - easier tirp bigger
fan base, however, remember this is the first time for playoff and many fans likely sat back and waited to see where the chips
fall and plan to make the next step if possible to NCG in Dallas.
hope to make that trip myself.
ROLL TIDE !!!!!