Don't forget Georgia, who is currently down 14 - 7 to Georgia State.
Jesus, you've either had too much to drink, or you really do have some sort of imbalance. Have you watched Alabama games since Kiffin has been there? He does that, A LOT. He starts trying to get cute, and Alabama is not set up to play that way. Ohio State's offense was about as nasty as an offense could be, last year. They put up points at will, on anyone and everyone. Kiffin, in his infinite wisdom, decided to try to engage in an offensive shootout with a team that isn't built for that against a team that is. I'm not saying we'd have won if he kept giving the ball to Henry, but it would have looked better. Our defense was gassed, EARLY. A lot of that was trying to slow down that OSU offense, but part of it was because Kiffin started passing (wasn't effective), and they were on the field for WAY too long. Alabama wins games by using a punishing run game, and controlling the time of possession battle. Not only does it wear the other team's defense out, but it gives your defense plenty of time to rest. He went away from that, and like the game tonight, it cost us. Play to your team's strength.
All of the players? Who else have made comments like that about the coaching staff? This is the first I've seen of anything remotely like it.
This post actually kind of pisses me off. As frustrated as I was for the Sugar Bowl, last year, he's also saying that that game was also thrown. Nothing was thrown about that, Kiffin just decided to stop giving Henry the ball and got away from Alabama's identity, and Bama's defense got whipped from start to finish.
Please, regale us with your superior logic. If Saban and Meyer are the dirtiest coaches in college football as you've declared, and they face each other in a big game, how do these two dirty coaches decide who gets the win? Is there some sort of Scumbag Olympics that takes place behind the scenes to decide? Things like mugging toddlers for their halloween candy or Grandmother gut punching contests? If so, maybe that's why Meyer got the win, Saban is a much smaller guy, but it is the Scumbag Olympics, so who cares about what's fair?
Conspiracy theory for college football.... do you put Buckeye stickers on your tinfoil hat every time you "discover" a plot?
I would love to see a Bama vs OSU rematch. It's not like it's tough to find reasons to want this game. Saban vs Meyer. Shot at redemption for my Tide. Most importantly, though, a contest between two old school, powerhouse programs that are both playing really good football. Love watching two programs with rich history go head to head, even though the outcome of the last one gave me a good case of the butthurt.
I know Alabama's defense has improved tremendously (might not show on paper, but from actually watching the games). While OSU's offense hasn't performed the way I'd expected them to, anyone who thinks they're not just as potent as they were last year, just doesn't know a lick about college football.
I honestly have no idea how the game would turn out. Even if Alabama ended up on the short end of the stick, again, I think they'd make a much better showing of it, compared to last year (I have no problem admitting that game was nowhere near as close as the score indicated).
For what it's worth, here's the number of defenders in the box for Fournette's 17 carries (leaving out the two goal line plays, where the the box is always stacked)
9 men (1), 8 men (5), 7 men (6), 6 men (5).
The bigger stat was where he received his first contact. All 19 attempts:
Behind the line (6), At the line (7), 1 yard (3), 2 yards (2), 1 yard (1)
The guy never could get anything going, gaps were plugged and guys were in the backfield all night long.
Alabama has done better against a spread type attack, this year, than last. They changed their defense, substantially, on personnel and drastically improved on getting substitutions in. The secondary is WAY better than previous years, but the biggest improvement is we have a decent pass rush, this year. Disruption in the backfield is the best thing to slow a spread offense down, and Bama has improved by leaps and bounds with that. Are they where they need to be? No, they're not, but they're much better. Just wish we could get some consistent QB play and I'd be pretty happy. Overall, they've done better than I was expecting them to do, this year.
Yeldon has had a better season than I had expected, I never was really high on him. Ingram has been a dependable back, but not any type of game changer or guy that defenses fear. Lacy has done a great job at Green Bay. Richardson has been the only bust, which breaks my heart, cause he was one of my all time favorites when he was at Alabama, and is a really standup/good guy. Hate to see his career went as horribly as it did.
The reason we lost to Ole Miss was the -5 turnover ratio. They took care of the ball, we turned it over 5 times. You add that to the fluke bounce off the helmet TD and the TD that should have been called back, and that's a different game. Not saying "we lost it, they didn't win it", because they took full advantage of the 5 turnovers. Ole Miss didn't have a ton of offense, but they def were the better team that night!
In fairness, Henry wasn't the starting back, last year. That being said, Zeke gashed us like running through the big paper sign at a high school football game. The defensive line for Alabama is vastly improved, this year, though. Am I saying Zeke would be held to 31 yards? Hell no! He'd still get his. I don't think he'd get 230, though. Zeke is a tremendous runner. Great vision, excellent quickness and stellar vision. Henry is a great back, as well, just a little bit different style. It's hard to say any back is "far and away" better than any other great player, but that's just my two cents.
Make no mistake, Bama is 100% my team, but I really like Ohio St, too. Not sure why that's not okay, it's not like saying I'm a Buckeye and scUM fan. There's no real conflict of interest, here.
I never claimed to not be drunk! (I've been at it since noon) I just love it cause we needed Ole Miss to have a 2nd SEC loss to put Bama in the driver's seat for the west.
I'm a HUGE Alabama fan. Grew up near campus, graduated from UofA. Oddly enough, like the guy this comment was directed at, my 2nd fav team is tOSU, as well. My reason is due to a Buckeye significant other, to which she taught me a ton about the tradition and stories. She supports Alabama and I do the same for the Buckeyes.
I like our chances. I think our D-Line can slow Fournette down enough to make them have to put the ball in the hands of that inexperienced QB they have. We finally have something resembling a decent pass rush, for the first time in years, and can get enough pressure on him to hopefully make him force some balls.
Oh, I generally enjoy Bert's misery, and I come straight here anytime they lose or he does something stupid. He's one of the easiest people to make fun of that I've ever seen. I was dog cussing him when they lined up for the 2pt conversion, too, lol. Never been more happy to be wrong in my life!
Seeing as how you guys won, seems like you'd rather enjoy dealing with Bama fans again, haha.
This is a prime example of why you can't listen to anything said by a person who willfully goes by the name Booger. 99.9% chance that it's going to be foolishness.
As an Alabama fan, I REALLY want to play Ohio State again. Not because I think we'd steamroll them, or have an easy time of it, but just to have a chance to redeem ourselves from the loss in the Sugar Bowl, not to mention Meyer vs Saban always makes for a great game.
I still don't know what to make of Alabama, this year. I just can't trust them. One week, they're playing extremely well, and I feel that they've turned the corner and are outperforming my expectations. The next week, they're almost difficult to watch. So inconsistent, and inconsistent is what gets you beat. We still need Ole Miss to lose another SEC game, and we need to win out, so we're a long way from this even being valid. Hope it shakes out, that way, though!
Absolutely. Perfect match up for us. Bama's front 7 is spectacular, and the secondary is actually getting better, but not there yet. Would much rather face a 1 dimensional running team than passing, that's for sure. We still need Ole Miss to lose another game, though!
I have to admit, any time Bert does something incredibly stupid, or loses, etc... 11W is the first place I go to see the funny pics and gifs making fun of him.
Hey! I was around for a bit the first few weeks (up through my bitching and sadness at the Bama v Ole Miss game), but then got crushed with work stuff and haven't had time to drop in. I miss being down in AL for football season, but Bama's been an emotional roller coaster, this year. Kinda worried about next week, @ Texas A&M, with how shady our offense has been at times. I like our changes, though, but I can see it going badly if we don't take care of the ball.
Well, Coker makes a HUGE run, then gets obliterated as he is throwing a pass. THAT pick seals it, Damn it.