Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Narrow Escape – HOGZILLA – Week 8 Bama Vs TAMU
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Remember I’m old school. Where a win is a win, where – when all is said and done –
they seldom look back in 2 or 3 years to say – Do you remember how we almost lost 5 games? Doubtful
!! I can remember in I think 73, Bama plays a horrible game and defeats then lowly FSU by a point or two.
The team was excited, the coaches excited – of course then there was no talk radio, SEC Network, internet…
to stir the disappointment. Then there was also something called RESPECT and SUPPORT for your team regardless.
Those days, unfortunately – seem to have passed us by.
Of course I am like the next
fan - I want Bama to win and win big, but I never lose the perspective that a W is a W.
That said, this team is looking to find a personality – and identity. And if that doesn’t
happen soon, in spite of all the talent and great coaches, could be in for a longer than usual season. If
that identity is found – Bama could work its way into the playoff of 4 and eventually to the NCG. Of
course much can happen and there is still a lot of Football to be played.
In fact a Texas AM team will find its way to Tuscaloosa for a CBS 2:30 Kick.. Bama comes in as a 9 point favorite
– TAMU has lost two games, one to Miss State, and more recently to Ole Miss. A spot many teams who
face both Mississippi teams are likely to find themselves.
to Head – Bama lost to Ole Miss by 6 TAMU lost to Ole Miss by 15 = Bama Beat Arky by 1 TAMU beat the Hogs by 7 in OT.
I see this as a time where Bama not only needs
an identity – they need to make a statement. This team has shown how great they are capable of being,
but is dragging the luggage of playing “UNSABANLIKE” with penalties, turnovers and no attention to detail.
That statement can be made by controlling this game from beginning to end.
Bama will play better at home – my fearless prediction –
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Week 7 - Bama Vs Ark
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When you are wrong you are wrong –
I was wrong !!! Bama instead of pulling away in the 2nd half – struggled with a good Ole Miss team, committed
turnovers the last two times they had the ball and came away with a defeat. While Bama moved the ball well
at time, they struggled in the red zone, and committed senseless errors. Ole Miss took advantage of those
and at times dominated both lines of scrimmage. To make matters worse, Bama lost its starting center –
and Kenyan Drake (gruesome breaking of the leg).
Great teams win when faced with adversity, Bama
had the ball with time running out, only to throw an INT – Game ending, after a penalty on a big gain. Not
making excuses at all. Ole Miss moved into the top 5 and Bama rightfully so dropped to #7.
are saying this Bama squad will lose more games this year – others say “not so fast my friend” – Bama
stumbled but didn’t fall and will climb back into the Playoff picture.
for what it is worth, this team shows flashes of brilliance and other times average to below average. This
was the first “REAL” road trip – and I think the pressure was more than anticipated. That
now behind them – the real answer will come this week when Bama travels to Fayetteville to face the HOGS.
Arkansas remains winless in the SEC for the last 14 games.
Bama is favored by
9 – but as we found last week, being favored doesn’t mean an automatic W.
– I look for Bama to bounce back and beat the Hogs… but I don’t expect Arky to roll over and play dead.
They have a running offense that runs downhill very well. Power Football !!!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Game of the _FILL IN THE BLANK _ (Century has been overused)
How big is it ? ESPN College Gameday is to invade The Grove
for the first time ever --- EVER!! Bama ranked 3rd in the AP Poll and 1st USA Today
Poll, Ole Miss 11th in both – Both teams undefeated –
Bama coming off a big win over an obviously struggling FLA team, and Ole Miss seemingly struggled against Memphis
and some say were looking ahead to Bama.
Ole Miss has
won against the Tide 2 times since 1988. Both well chronicled – 88 was the “Brick through the
window” game – and of course Eli Manning in 2003 lit up the Tide in an outstanding performance.
But as they say the past is the past… throw the record books
out the window and any other clichés you may like… this matchup is looking to be a great game… and I
look for it to be as well.
This is not the Ole Miss
of Old J - Defensively they lead the SEC in interceptions and are
Offensively – Ole
Miss behind Bo Wallace is completing 71 percent of his passes and have the ability and receivers to score quickly.
Bama – well you all know about Bama – Blake Sims has been
somewhat shrouded this week, after a shoulder injury against Fla. Bama is however, coming off a bye week and have had the
opportunity to heal some nicks and bruises.
– for what they are worth: Bama needs to quell the crowd early and can do this by taking control
of the game… forcing Ole Miss to play at a slower pace and keeping them out of positive plays on first down….
If this happens Bama will win big. If Bama fails to do this, it could be close…… but I think
even then Bama will pull it out.
I believe Bama wins
and covers the 6 point spred.
Ole Miss 17
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Bama had little trouble disposing of the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss last Saturday in Tuscaloosa to the tune of
52 – 12. Southern Miss never crossed the Bama goal line – they did however manage a field goal
in every quarter.
The Bama D remains #1 in the nation
against the run – but seems the D backs are still struggling at times.
Attention quickly was turned to the SEC opener as Bama plays the Gators in Tuscaloosa in what will be the CBS 2:30
Bama (depending on where
you look or who you listen to) is a 14 – 16 point favorite. This will prove to the Tides biggest
test to date and many think that since the Gators struggled with Kentucky, winning in triple overtime, Bama will win handily.
I am not so confident. I am looking forward to seeing the Bama O and D against someone who is of
SEC caliber, such as the Gators.
Blake Sims continues to impress putting together
the best Offensive performance in 3 consecutive games in the Saban era. Though the doubters are plenty.
Prediction - I think it will be close for a while – but Bama will
pull away in the 4th.
Bama 31 – Fla 20
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Thu, September 11, 2014 | link
Week 3 Bama Vs Southern Miss
Perhaps my memory is failing, but I don't recall in my lifetime an Alabama game being "CALLED"
- because of weather or any other reason, but it did happen in the Bama vs Fla Atl game this past weekend. Bama ahead
at the time 41 to 0 with almost 8 min left, it was a mutual agreement to call the game.
Can't really say as I blame either coach. To get away without injuries in a game that was as lopsided as this
one... I suppose that is called cutting your losses.
Bama came out with
Sims and he looked really good, Coker made his way in the game and did well, but in my opinion there was a difference in the
way the team responded with Sims and Coker does look like his timing is off. And in fairness that could be expected.
14 - Jake Coker
15 / 24
6 - Blake Sims
Bama amassed 620 yards offense. Defensively the return of Jackson and DuPriest made a difference, however the level
of competition wasn't on par with West Va.
This week, Bama will be kicking
off at the Capstone against the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. Gone are the days when Southern Miss was a grappling
team scratching and giving teams great games. In fact SMU is coming off a 49 - 0 shellacking at the hands of the Bulldogs
of Miss State. I don't look for this week to be any better.
Bama 59 - SMU 10