No. Kiffin will be able to put his style in to some extent (hopefully the utilization of the TE better), but Bama is a balanced team - that is of upmost importance to Saban. If they go unbalanced in either direction, it will be to run the ball more (which I think may happen with the new starter). I don't see them favoring the pass even if Coker comes in and starts throwing darts.
Auburn will not win the SEC. According to this poll, they play the #2, #9, #12, #13, #19, #20, #21, and #29 teams. That is a true gauntlet, and while I certainly believe them to be of top-10 quality I don't see them getting through that with less than 2 losses.
Auburn lost Michael Dyer - he did more damage than their QB did.
Yes, Bama will be starting a new QB. Know what happened the last two times they did that? 2009 and 2011 if that helps any. Look, Bama has questions - everyone does. The cornerbacks need to be better, the OL had holes at times (Sugar Bowl anyone?), the pass rush could be better, the kicking game - oh, God the kicking game ... Of all these, I'm least worried about the starting QB. With the talent at RB and WR they have returning, all they need (along with the above-mentioned OL improvement) is a guy who can hand the ball off and avoid too many ints and they'll be fine.
Well, that and the past 4 or 5 recruiting classes. Classes which ranked #1 more times than not and never out of the top 5.
To give us something to discuss/complain about. That is all.
Oh look, Clemson and Michigan State are ranked behind OSU. What's your point?
I agree that the ACC is pretty weak - I don't think anyone will put up much of a fight for the conference championship - but their OOC schedule does feature some good teams. Okie State out of the gate, Notre Dame, and Florida who, despite their record last year does have a lot of talent (whether they figure out how to use it is another story). I could see them dropping one of those games.
Now, that was fantastic.
So you want to play Bama in some lower-tier bowl game?
That won't work either. While you could mandate it for schools, coaches/admin, and current players, there is no way you will ever get subpoena power over media, (rogue) boosters, agents or former players. None of them depend on the NCAA for anything so they have no leverage. As much as people like to accuse some teams of cheating, most of the problems originate from those boosters and agents - and by the time someone gets a whiff of the goings-on, the player has moved on as well.
What is not getting reported is that most of if not all these players are still eligible for school loans even thought they are on scholarship. Since their school expenses are covered by the scholarship, the loans can be used for other "cost of attendance" expenses - of which clothing and transportation are a part of. When you realize that some of these players are getting 3-5 grand a semester through these loans, most of these instances of cheating that get thrown around so easily make a little more sense - a lease on a new charger is not that difficult a thing to pull off (it is well below $300/mo)
It's not really that. They have proven willing to dish out penalties to major programs: Alabama in the 90's and early 00's, USC, Ohio State, Penn State. All these teams had pretty severe penalties levied against them and were major players/revenue generators. The problem is that the NCAA doesn't have subpoena power and thus is unable to unearth evidence that isn't voluntarily offered. Recent cases from Auburn, Miami, and NC show that refusing to cooperate certainly does pay: they can't punish teams for violations they can't prove - and if everyone involved refuses to talk to them, they can't collect any real evidence.
Add to that how severely they hammered teams that did cooperate (at least once the investigations began), and the incentive to do so drops to zero.
See? Chicago knows how to take a dig (as irrelevant as it is - it is at least accurate).
Take that line and have Smith offer a game in November. Saban responds that he'd love to but all of Bama's late season games are already filled for the next 20 years and can't be changed - Can't disappoint those FCS guys.
Even I'd giggle at that one.
/Checks Alabama's 2011 schedule. Yep, trip to Happy Valley still there - I didn't imagine it.
Perhaps a jab at Saban's apparent love for neutral site games over home-and-home would be better. Very good set up, but the punch line misses.
Wendy's? Really? The best thing I can say about that place is that they occasionally get it right when I remember to tell them no mayo.
Chic Fil A is tops, hands down. I have been there with the drive thru line extending into the highway, and the inside line winding half-way through the building - and I still got my food in under 5 minutes. I've waited longer than that at other places with 2 cars in front of me in the drive thru.
My top 5:
2. Milos (local chain)
4. Burger King (grilled burgers go a long way)
Yeah, I heard someone say that this morning before I had seen the trophy. Apparently from the other comments here it started with Ramzy so credit goes to him.
Yep. We are all cheering for our teams to win a fleshlight now. :^(
... and Roll Tide.
That is a pretty good impression of Saban, but still no Ezell (the standard)