Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Season Finale' THE IRON BOWL
Wed, November 22, 2017 | link
The IRON BOWL
Bama had no problem handling Mercer - last week. The final score could have been "YOU NAME IT TO ZERO".
Although a blowout, was a good opportunity for Bama to lick its wounds and allow a few
of the nicked up players to get better.
This Iron Bowl -
the 82st meeting between these two, is about as big as it can get. Funny how I remember saying that about
so many games since Coach Saban joined the Bama Staff. Auburn comes into this game with two losses, one to Clemson
and one to LSU. The LSU loss is something of a mystery as the Tigers of Auburn, had a big lead only to see the Tigers
of LSU fight back and dominate the 2nd half to win. Since that game the Auburn Tigers have been clicking
on all cylinders with both a good running game, a good passing game and a defense that stopped the Georgia Bulldogs cold.
In fact the much talked about Dawg backfield was sent yelping with their tails between their legs. This game brought
Auburn "Back" to the talks for playoffs etc.
Is Auburn as good as
they looked against Ga? Is Ga as good as everyone thought? Who knows... but none of that will matter at 6:30 Saturday
on the plains.
This game is one where the cliché is "Throw
the record books out" - where in reality the favored team wins more often than not. Playing on a neutral field,
I think Bama would be favored by 10+ however, the spread is Bama by 4. The most points scored against Auburn this year
are 27, twice LSU and TAMU. Both those were on the road. Bama on the other hand has given up 23 to Colorado State,
and 23 to Miss State. Bama has 2 shutouts and Auburn has zero. The stats listed below are very close.
I believe it will be a fight to the finish, and I believe Bama and Hurts,
will end up being too much for the Tigers.
ROLL TIDE !!!
3. AU 37.6
1. Bama 10.2
3. AU 16.6
2. Bama 479.2
1. Bama 244.1
4. AU 302.5
4. AU 244.0
1. Bama 87.4
3. AU 118.2
4. AU 231.9
7. Bama 208.9
2. Bama 156.7
Pass D Eff
1 Bama 15
11. AU 6
3. AU 32
4. Bama 30
5. Bama 20
1. Bama 257
5. AU 241
Opp First Downs
2. Bama 154
3rd Down Conversions
4. AU 45.6%
5. Bama 42.1
Opp 3rd Down Conversions
1. Bama 31.0%
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Week 11 Bama VS Miss St
Wed, November 8, 2017 | link
VS Miss St
Bama didn't appear to have a great game vs LSU last week winning by 14 after being
favored by 21. LSU won in almost every category of the stats. Bama could never get their running game going and
couldn't seem to stop LSU as they have most opponents this year. Bama also took another hit at linebacker and
on the Dline with more injuries. Those are beginning to pile up, and should cause some concern among the coaches and
fans. Is that concern valid? I believe so, especially from a depth standpoint. Thankfully the winner
of the stats doesn't matter, and the scoreboard does... so Bama 24 LSU 10 is the only stat that matters.
This week Bama travels to Starkville (a short road trip)
to take on the Bulldogs. The Dogs are ranked 16 in the Nation with 2 losses. Those came to Georgia and to Auburn.
This is a game that many had marked on their calendars for a long time. At the beginning of the year, many thought this
would be the thorn in Bama's side. Many think Miss State matches up well versus The Tide at many positions. Of course
with all the injuries, if that was true, it certainly is now. The Linebacker spot is critical in defending a QB
like Nick Fitzgerald may prove difficult. Fitzgerald is swift afoot and has on occasion carried the team on his
shoulders. Bama will have to be able to stop Fitzgerald and the Miss State running game, to keep an upset from
Bama of course
has a weapon at QB in Hurts. Who carries his team at times. Bama's most secret weapon may be punter JK Scott. Thus far
for the year, Bama (Scott) has yet to have a punt returned. They have either been touchbacks, fair catches or downed.
When the Offense stalls, having that weapon is really a difference maker.
I think Bama may have some trouble with State and if they allow them to "hang around" too long
it could be costly. But, I think Bama will out physical them and win going away.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Wednesday November 1st WEEK 10
Wed, November 1, 2017 | link
Well, its Bama vs LSU time. Wow, how time chances
things. Of course in my world I think as my dad told me there is a pendulum effect. Meaning as sure as it swings
in one direction, it is going to swing in the other one day. What does that have to do with this game? Bama vs
LSU was once a game that the media craved, it decided the SEC West, and was once as little as 5 years ago coined "The
Game of the Century". Tomorrow at 7pm Bama will defend their undefeated record on their home field against
an LSU bunch who dropped an early game to Troy. Yes, as I typed that, I had to double check but it was Troy. The
Tigers are a bit on the unpredictable level, they lost not only to Troy, but were really manhandled by Miss State. The Tigers,
however have eked out wins over Auburn and Florida. Both games they were considered underdogs. The most recently
handled Ole Miss 40 - 24.
Bama comes in a 21 point favorite.
WOW - that is difficult to believe, but Bama has handled everyone in the fashion of a drubbing, with the exception of TAMU
(win by 8). And looking at this game on paper, it looks as if 21 may not be enough. However as the
cliché goes, they don't play on paper.
In the past few weeks,
since the Auburn win, LSU seems to have gotten some continuity and seems to be playing better football. Both have had
a week off heading into this game. The Tigers are playing with a nothing to lose attitude, and Bama has everything
to lose. The first College Playoff Poll came out last night, and Georgia is ranked the #1 team, with Bama #2.
Will that have any effect on the minds of the Bama players? I'd say a bit. I believe Coach Saban when he says
they don't talk about the Polls, but I think the players do and will perhaps be a bit miffed. That of course will not
matter long as the first hit of the game usually takes care of the emotional part.
I think Bama has too many talented players so deep on the roster, that even if LSU can hang with them early, they
won't be able to going into the 4th Quarter.
The key for the
Tide is to do what they have done all year, score early and play Defense. If Bama does that, LSU may have a hard time
not allowing them to cover. Hopefully Bama has done some work on the special teams part of the game, and will
not botch a catch on punt returns.
This Bama LSU game may be like
the one billed "Game of the Century" where LSU didn't get much going on Offense and only crossed midfield once.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Week 8 Bama VS UT
Wed, October 18, 2017 | link
Before FOOTBALL --Last Saturday I was fortunate
enough to be part of my 9th Bama Homecoming Parade! This year was a very large crowd! Every year this is a special
event for me and my family. My wife, Michele and I were saddened this year with the absence of our late son, Justin.
He was normally a part of this annual event and words can't describe how much we both missed him. As we made our way
through the maze of people, I couldn't help but smile back at the smiles and wave back at the waving hands. I thought
to myself, the many gathered likely don't have much in common...perhaps religious views differ, politics differ, etc... but
for that period of time they all have Alabama Football, and the love of a Parade in common.
It was and always is a touching moment. This year, I add healing to that list.
The 3rd Saturday in October - Smoke em' if
you got em'
I remember as a kid - John Forney describing Neyland Stadium as the leaves begin to change, the river reflecting
the sun, in what was once "one of the biggest rivalry's in Football". My My, how things change.
This one is being played at Bryant Denny, where Bama just disposed of Arkansas 41 - 9 last week for Homecoming.
Bama comes into this game as a 34 point favorite. Think about that 34 points? WOW..... things have changed.
stats are really abysmal - allowing one to understand why the spread is so big. On the one hand - Bama looks like
a lock to cover. However, I am certain people were saying the same thing about Clemson last week. Yet The Orangemen
thought differently and Clemson has their first loss of the year.
Saban is preaching about becoming complacent and why not, winning
the way Bama has won could breed such. But I think Coach will keep them playing at a different level and Bama will head
to another victory against the Vols. The last time UT won against Bama was 2006, I think 2017 will be #11.
No doubt UT will be
UP - but Bama has too many great players and is too deep.
vs. Tennessee since 1985
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Game 7 Bama VS Arkansas
Thu, October 12, 2017 | link
Homecoming – my favorite game of the year. Why? I get to dust off the
Tide Rides for their annual trek to Tuscaloosa for the HC Parade. Truly a highlight each year for me and
Bama heavily favored over TAMU looked to lose
a bit of focus. Coach Saban addressed it as not finishing. The Tide had a 21 point
lead and the game ended a 9 point win. A win is a win, and credit has to go to TAMU.
Their Defense played well, and Bama struggled to convert at times. And let’s face it,
Bama has spoiled us.
On to Saturday – at Bryant
Denny. The HOGS of Arkansas come to town and find themselves a huge underhog – (sorry I had to go
there). Bama finds themselves on ESPN for the 2nd consecutive week – in prime time.
Arkansas comes to T-Town with their tails tucked after a 42-24 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Bama is favored by 29 in this one, and I think they will cover that.
As Coach Bryant was fond of saying after Bama’s game with TAMU – they
should “Have their dauber up”. Bama should Roll….