I'm still here, too!
I try to keep my Roll Tide's to a minimum, around here!
As a rule of thumb, I stay away from Alabama message boards. I like hanging around here, people are pretty friendly and don't give me too hard of a time, lol.
Gotta give her credit, though. When she made the decision to fight the guy, she totally went for it. That's commitment.
It's definitely no secret that Alabama's secondary struggles against the deep ball. Every game... every single game, I would almost burst a blood vessel at how poorly it was defended.
Alabama better hope they can take Cardale out of his comfort zone and make him try to force some balls. If not, we'll give up a score or two on deep balls.
Not sure. I know Sims has reacted well to making huge mistakes, when he has. That being said, the tams he's been able to come back after a big mistake aren't as good as Ohio State. LSU has a great defense, which Sims made a clutch drive against, but it's misleading because LSU's offense is so inept, that the pressure wasn't put on Alabama's defense like an Ohio State would do.
He came back against 3 bad picks against Auburn, but Auburn's defense is awful, so we were able to rattle off a salvo of scores on them. That Auburn offense is great on a long field, struggles inside the redzone. We wouldn't have that luxury in the playoff game.
As far as Cardale goes, I have no idea. Huge stage, lots of pressure, I don't know how he'll handle any adversity. He looked cool and calm in the Big10 Championship game, but it's easy to relax when you're standing on the throat of your opponent. He definitely has the talent, arm strength and ability to make big plays, it's just a question of whether or not the pressure can force him into mistakes.
Alabama fans... I really have no words for the majority of them. I've removed no less than 10 people from my friend's list on Facebook, just due to the fear that their stupidity would somehow latch on to me, by reading ignorant posts they had made.
As far as some close friends who are more logical, and aren't under the impression that Alabama would beat the NFL probowl roster by 5 TDs, none of us really know what the hell to think. I think the game will be close, I just don't see a blowout happening, by either side. We're very similar teams, a lot of the same strengths and weaknesses. Some games, both have looked unbeatable, and other games have been painful and infuriating to watch.
I think both offenses will be able to find success in both the passing and the running game, because they're both balanced enough that you can't sell out to stopping one aspect of their offense. I'm waiting to see the kitchen sink that Saban and Smart are going to throw at Cardale, with lots of different looks and movement to try to confuse him and hope for some mistakes. The main question mark with that, is can this confusion cause problems long enough for him to throw bad passes on his long balls, which Alabama is incredibly weak against. Blake Sims usually makes pretty solid decisions, but if he throws 3 picks like he did against Auburn, we won't be coming back from that against a more talented Ohio State.
This game could go either way, but I like us by 7, 31-24, and that's just because when it's a tossup, I'm going to go with my side. It could just as easily be the other way around.
It'll be fairly close to even, I think. The proximity to Tuscaloosa favors Alabama fans (only a 4 hour drive down I-20/59), but it's not like Ohio State fans don't travel well.
I heard that each school was only given 13,000 tickets, each, which sucks. The rest, i guess it just depends on who is willing to shell out the average $500 ticket cost. I'm thinking 60/40 is too high, but I'll give the slight advantage to Bama, only because of travel cost being cheaper. 55/45, Alabama.
Here's the way I look at it. I can tell you, with 100% certainty, that Alabama will NOT overlook Ohio State. Saban has played Meyer enough to know better, and a 59-0 beatdown of Wisconsin is still fresh in their minds.
Both of these teams have something to prove, however. Ohio State was SO close, last year, to playing for it all. Everyone on this board has to fight the urge to projectile vomit, like the little girl from the Exorcist, from hearing about Ohio State's record against the SEC, just imagine how the players and coaches feel. They will be playing with chips on their shoulders, and their confidence is high coming off their mad dash for the playoffs, as well as finally getting the recognition they deserve for being a great team.
Alabama let themselves get embarrassed by Oklahoma, last year, and they haven't heard the end of it. A ton is at stake in this game, and there won't be any looking past them, or underestimating them.
So, that being said, Ohio State's weapons match up well against the weak points of Alabama's armor, without a doubt. The games where our secondary was the most infuriating to watch was Auburn and those bursts against Mizzou. Both of those QB's are super fast, and like to run the ball, so we schemed to contain them and we paid for it. I'm not sure how our DB's keep getting beat, though, they're very talented athletes and are extremely well coached. What I notice, a lot, is they seem to be afraid to go up and fight for the ball. I've lost count of the number of times I watched a lone receiver go up against two Alabama DBs, and come down with the ball, because the receiver was far more physical and just went up and got it. I like the way Alabama matches up against the run, even though we've been gashed a time or two on the run, but we're generally pretty solid against it.
We're very similar: solid run games, solid pass games and a defense that can play great sometimes and look like crap at others. Alabama's best bet is to throw some really complex/shifting defensive formations, and try to confuse Jones. They can prepare him for it, as best they can, but that can cause issues for a young QB.
I don't see this being a blowout, from either side. I like Alabama, in a close one, 31-24.
He got out while the getting was good. Think about it.... He just got humiliated in a conference championship, 59-0. Urban isn't going anywhere, and the Buckeyes are finally gaining full strength now that Urban has fully established himself, his system, and his recruits.
Wisconsin rode the back of Gordon ALL YEAR. Without him, you saw how unproductive Wisconsin's offense is... it's almost non existent. Gordon is going to enter the draft, what do you really have left? Dude jumped ship before he went down with it. The new coach is going to get a rough welcome, as it is, starting the year out with Alabama.
He's done fairly well. He's, by no means, going to eat a team alive with his legs, but he actually makes some pretty good throws once flushed out of the pocket. He's faster than he looks, but no speedster. He generally makes good decisions once things have started to break down, although he seems to REALLY lock on to Cooper when these things happen. Most of his picks, that weren't things out of his control, like tipped balls, were when he tried to force the ball to Cooper in a bad situation.
Thanks! I'm trying to look at this as objectively as possible. It's a super bitter-sweet situation. I'm super happy for the success of both of the teams I follow and love, but to have em in each other's way kinda sucks.
I've enjoyed seeing the perspective of Buckeye-first fans, as well. Jan 1st can't get here soon enough.
Amari Cooper is good, definitely one of the best receivers that Alabama has ever had, but he's not unstoppable.
If you watch Alabama games, where he's successful is when teams insist on putting a corner on an island with him. I'm not sure why they do it, but they do. Other times are when we get a defense confused with motion, and he ends up in single coverage, or with a safety coming down in a blitz. Sometimes, and this is the one that confuses me the most, he just seems to be so wide open, there's not a defender even on the screen. If you keep track of ONE guy, it needs to be him.
The key to it, like others said, put a good corner on him, with some over the top help, and hope your other guy can handle White on his own. It's going to be hard to not bring those safeties up, for run support, at least a little bit. If you don't, Alabama likes to try to be a bully and wear a D-line down. It's not much different from how we'll have to play against you. We can't sell out, completely, to stopping Elliot, or Jones is going to light us up. Just have to pick your battles, and hope you pick the right times to bring DBs up in run support, but that goes for Alabama, as well, in trying to contain OSU's potent offense.
If you put a gun to my head, right now, and made me pick.. I'd say Alabama. I can't say that without reservation, though, because a well thrown deep ball, or two, and some mistakes by Sims, and the game could get away from us, really quickly.
I've watched every Alabama and Ohio State game, this year, and for the past several years (minus when I lived in Alabama, and was unable to get the Big10 network). Speaking strictly of this year, though, it really depends on which version of each team shows up. Will it be the Alabama that played Arkansas, LSU or Ole Miss, or will it be the Alabama that showed up against Texas A&M or Mississppi State? Will it be the Ohio State that blew Wisconsin out, or the Ohio State that struggled with Penn State or lost to Va Tech?
If both teams show up with their A-game, I can't wait to see that coaching duel. It's going to be a good one. So, if I have to pick, it'd be Alabama, but I'd expect your real pick to be Ohio State. When it's this close, just go with your heart :)
"Auburn is not a passing team yet Marshall put 456 passing yards up on them with virtually a single target (Coates)"
Coates had 5 catches for 206. Williams had 7 catches for 121. I'm not so sure I'd call that a single target.
These numbers are misleading, though. With that zone read offense Auburn runs, we sold out to stopping the run and Marshall actually made good throws. A few of them, though, was Williams and Coates making unbelievable catches with 2 defenders on them. They just went up and took the ball, which was infuriating to watch. Coates had 2 TDs against Bama, not 3. Quan Bray caught the other TD pass that Marshall threw. Auburn was averaging 285yds rushing, coming in to the Bama game, too. We sold out so much to stop that, Marshall torched us up top.
The main story line of the Auburn game, that when they got into the redzone, they had a hard time punching it in.
Previous games and stats aside, Ohio State has an excellent chance to beat Alabama. You match up INCREDIBLY well with our weaknesses. We have a fairly solid run game, with big backs, and you won't be able to sell out to stop the run like you did against Wisconsin, because our QB can actually throw the ball better than my 10yr old niece.
You guys stand a good chance of beating us, we have a good chance of beating you. It's a total crapshoot, honestly.
No way that'll happen. It's kind of hard to ignore a 59-0 beatdown of Wisconsin, they know they have their work cut out for them. If they get distracted, Saban and his staff will be there to remind them of Meyer coached teams.
These two teams match up incredibly well. I can't wait to see how it pans out. I'm excited, and sad, at the same time. No matter what happens, 1 of my 2 favorite teams is going to lose :(
It's a ridiculous story that people like to believe. Most people, including myself, couldn't stand Meyer when he was at Florida. He was abrasive and arrogant, at least seemed to be, when he was there. However, his health scare really changed him. I like him, A LOT, now. His entire outlook on life changed, after that, and it shows.
His quitting just coincided with Alabama starting it's really strong run, there, and people like to see things that aren't really there. Just ignore morons, you'll be better off, lol.
I'm a total dick, sometimes, lol. College football will bring it out, in everyone, man.
Upvote to you, sir, but no worries.
Hell, even I am tired of the media's whoring of the SEC and Alabama, it gets old, and I rarely watch any network's sports coverage any more. If Ohio State beats Alabama, there won't be a bigger OSU fan in the country, than I will be for the championship game. You weren't being nasty, earlier, and I never get my feelings hurt unless people get really personal.
Please don't get that "us against the world" mentality. That's what I hear from Auburn fans, all the time. It's a little brother mentality, and Ohio State is the little brother to no one. Just stay the course, do your thing. You guys match up REALLY well against us, and this will be a great game. Let the dummies talk, that's all they do, is talk. Any panel that has Pollack on it, can't really be taken seriously, no matter who else is there.
Definitely does. I'm already considering blocking my Facebook, or just staying off of it for the next month. So many of my Alabama friends are already running their mouth. If they think Ohio State is going to just roll over and play dead, they're mistaken. I'm confident that we can win, but I'm also very worried that we won't. I know that doesn't make sense, but that's where I'm at.
Haha, thank you, Merc. I had almost forgotten this butthurt rant that I went on. Only beating Bert's boys by 1, and that was because of a blocked extra point, my feelings were hurt and I was upset. I honestly believe that was accurate, at the time I posted it, though. Like Ohio State, though, they just seem to have improved as the season progressed. Just cut me some slack, though, man. I was drunk, and my beloved Tide almost let Bert get his first SEC win against us. Shit like that goes in the list of things you never forget.
I agree with that, but it's just infuriating to see it continue to happen. The ones in the Auburn game almost got us a loss, so, I'm just glad their defense is awful and we were able to outscore them. We won't have that luxury against Ohio State.