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….
Friday, October 6, 2017
Game 6 Bama VS TAMU
Fri, October 6, 2017 | link
WOW – what happens when you have obligations that keep you from posting on
your Bama Blog for a few weeks?
Readers Digest version – Bama Clobbers Colorado State 41 - 23 – Bama
Hammers Vandy 55-0 then steps on Ole Miss to the tune of 66-3.
The narrative after the Colorado State game
was “Bama needs work…they allowed Colorado State to move up and down the field, and score 23 points.”
That led to a rant by the Coach about focus.
I suppose his rant was heard by the team because then Alabama
has scored 121 points to their opponents 3…..OUCH! Bama was a heavy favorite against Ole Miss,
but I am not sure many folks predicted the final score of 66-3.
Saturday at 6:15 on ESPN, Bama takes on the
TAMU Aggies in College Station. The Aggies bring a 4-1 record with a loss to UCLA, in a game
where the Aggies obviously lost focus and collapsed in the second half.
A couple of things to think about.
TAMU has arguably the 2nd best Offense in the SEC (by the numbers) and have moved the ball.
They hit on a lot of BIG PLAYS… which Bama has struggled with at times. At least by
Saban standards. Bama held Ole Miss to – ahem… 0 of 15 on 3rd and 4th
downs. Yes, read that again…. WOW.
Is this a TRAP GAME? I
think it could be. TAMU is a underdog of 26 or more, so they really have nothing to lose and everything
to gain with an upset – or even a close game.
Bama is riding high. Off the arm
and legs of Hurts the offense is moving the ball very well. Defense for the past two weeks, has played
GREAT. This is a road game, but that road takes Hurts to his home state of Texas.
for the Aggies to be pumped and come out early and go fast. But Bama will catch up to the speed and pace
quickly and soon control on Defense and offense.
Bama will Roll
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Game 2 Crimson Tide vs Fresno State
Thu, September 7, 2017 | link
Bama looked very good defensively and on special teams against the Seminoles. But the victory
didn’t come without a price – Bama lost 2 starters in the line backing positons for the season.
FSU didn’t fare well either, as they lost their starting QB to a knee injury for the season. I
think the most telling stat on Saturday was turnovers. Bama obviously made some half time adjustments and
FSU suffered the consequences of those adjustments.
Drive 2. BLOCKED PUNT.
Drive X. No drive. Fumbled kickoff.
Drive 3. INTERCEPTION
Drive 4. INTERCEPTION
Drive 5. PUNT
Drive 6. PUNT
7. END OF GAME
dominated in the second half.
This week Bama is home against Fresno State and favored
by 45. Though I look for Bama to win big, I don’t think they cover. It will
be a great opportunity for Bama to get some new kids on the block, some playing time.
Look for the Tide
to Roll in front of the Home Crowd. Kick is at 2:30 ESP2
is the first ever meeting of these two teams.
Friday, September 1, 2017
Game 1 - 2017 Bama VS FSU
Fri, September 1, 2017 | link
Bama starts the Season again ranked as the #1 Team in the Nation.
And what an opponent - Florida State ranked at #3.
After a great game,
but a disappointing loss to the Clemson Tigers in the National Championship game, the Crimson Tide takes to the field on Saturday
to challenge the Seminoles of FSU.
Bama vs FSU will be the inaugural game
for the newly built Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Bama coming off a one loss season to Clemson. FSU
is coming into this game after a season with 3 losses. But that was last year! Bama lost a plethora of players
to the NFL, and many think there may be a weakness in the O-Line. There is however plenty of talent at the
skill positions to take some of the pressure off the O-Line. In my opinion which is not worth much -
FSU who struggled giving up sacks last year may have a long day if they have not shored up their front on Offense.
Many say this is a game that will preview the Playoff game at the end of the season.
Of course neither wants to take the chance of being that "one loss" team that is chosen.
Kickoff is 7PM on ABC, Bama is favored by 6 to 7 depending on which betting line you follow.
Look for Bama to look a bit like the old POWER RUN - PLAY ACTION offense as the new offensive
coordination Brian Daboll, takes the helm and guides the offense. Jalen Hurts vs Deondre Francois will be one of many
interesting matchups in this game. Also interesting is a streak of Saban who is 10-0 verses his students.
I suspect each team will come out very much pumped and I expect typical sloppy play at
times in the first game. I do look for the Tide to pull away in the 4th with a bit more depth than
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Bama VS Clemson National Championship
Wed, January 4, 2017 | link
Pinching myself – 14-0. 26 in a row – and one more to go!!! Considering
the amount of time I have spent watching Bama (and Football in general) Football, I don’t recall a run like this in
my life. Of course I know Oklahoma owns the longest win streak, but that’s not what I am talking
about. I am writing this on the 10th Anniversary of Nick Saban being hired at Alabama.
The only way to describe the past ten years is DOMINATE – DYNASTY – STIFLING – OVERWHELMING…
the list could go on and on. Saban has done a phenomenal job, and there is no end in sight.
In fact as long as he continues to get the best recruits – I don’t see an end to the domination.
Every year you hear the press say this is Sabans best Defense – yet the next
year they are saying the same thing. Though a different era – it reminds me of the 70’s when
Bear would reload instead of rebuild. And here we are, for the 2nd year in a row, facing
Clemson in the National Championship Game. WOW…. I pinch myself again.
Washington fell to Bama in the first round of the playoffs in spite of The Tide not having a stellar performance on
Offense. In fact Jalen Hurts was held to a season low of 57 yards passing. But the DEFENSE
– well they played LIGHTS OUT! Scored a TD – 15th this year! WOW!
Clemson SHUT OUT – the Ohio State Buckeyes – in a game that really
didn’t include much offense from the Buckeyes. Credit Clemson’s defense as they stymied
OSU all day. In the meantime Clemson led by their QB Deshaun Watson scored 31 points.
Thus setting the stage for a rematch of last year’s NCG – The Tigers and The Tide!
Bama comes in as a 6 point favorite however, the big money in Vegas is going on
Clemson. What does that mean? Well I think it means, everyone watched the playoff and saw Clemson dominate
OSU and based on that – the revenge factor and “Been there before” – that Clemson is ready to dethrone
the might Crimson Tide? Now throw in another caveat – Bama is without the Mastermind Offensive Coordinator
Lane Kiffin – WHAT? Yes, his “MUTUALLY agreed upon” exodus occurred the day after the
playoff game. Personally, I don’t think this move will matter a lot. Why?
Well, I have to think that Steve Sarkisian has been in on much of what is going on with the Bama offense and don’t
forget he comes from USC – and he and Kiffin were big buds. And if I am not mistaken, David Cutcliff
was the Tennessee OC who left UT before their NCG in 1998. But let’s face it, in those days most
people didn’t know who the OC was anywhere. As we didn’t have the social media outlets of today.
Nonetheless – I think there may be a hiccup or two, but I don’t think it will be a deciding factor.
The deciding factor – I think will be Defense! The old
saying “defense wins championships”. No doubt Alabama has the best Defense in the game.
So no surprise, Bama to win, will have to stop the run, and be able to run the ball, thus control the tempo –
and shorten the game. And pressure QB D. Watson. Can they do it? I
So, I don’t look for a 45
– 40 game like last year. In fact I think if it becomes a scoring fest, Bama will have a difficult
time keeping pace. So I look for a lower scoring game, but Bama to come out on top with another National
Roll Tide !!!