Friday, January 5, 2018
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Happy New Year !!!
WOW - Bama is in the Finals Again!!!
Tide ROARED to victory against the Clemson Tigers on New Years Day with a 24-6 Victory. The game was not as really as
close as the score indicates. Bama dominated on Offense and Defense. Though the game at half was a close
score, Bama should have been up handily. With a Defensive TD and another INT from the defense, Clemson looked lost for
most of the day.
Meanwhile - Georgia looked as if they were going to be
embarrassed by Oklahoma, only to come back and beat the Sooners in double OT! It was quiet a game - one for the ages.
Thus here we are with the 4th year of the CFP in place and two SEC teams are squaring off. Bama VS
Georgia. The winner of the SEC and the 3rd place SEC team - oh yes, that's how this played out.
What should we expect for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME? Bama and Georgia
are practically mirror images of each other. Bama is a run then pass team as is Georgia. The stats between
the two are really close. Georgia leads in TOP, 3rd Down Percentage and Pass Defense. However, these are close
as are most. Key to the game for both sounds very cliche -convert 3rd downs and get Ga off the feild.
Bama's Defense looked like they were on fire, and it showed against Clemson. If the Bama
D can stop the run - well, that should insure a victory.
Look for a typical SEC OLD SCHOOL
SLUGFEST. In the end, I believe the Teacher will defeat the Student.
Friday, December 29, 2017
College Football Playoff - Bama 4 for 4
Fri, December 29, 2017 | link
Happy New Year !!! Well almost
2017 is almost over and Bama finished the regular season with a Heartbreaker
to Auburn. Credit where it's due, Bama simply got beat! In non Bama (Saban) like fashion, The Tide played
sloppy, turned the ball over, got sacked when it wasn't necessary and committed too many mistakes to keep it closer.
This loss of course kept the Tide at home for the SEC Championship game. And we all know Ga beat the Tigers on the second
try thus the Dawgs head to the Playoffs....
There were some tense moments
in the days that followed? Was Bama one loss, in or out? Thankfully the committee chose Bama to be in.
#4 Seed Bama takes on #1 Seed Clemson! This is not for the Championship as it has
been for the years past, but it is ONE AND DONE. Despite being the #4 Seed, Bama comes in as a 3 point favorite according
to odds makers.
Clemson lost very early in the year to Syracuse - of course
Bama late to Auburn. Clemson was without their starting QB vs the Cuse, and Bama - has been plagued with injuries
in the linebacker position all year. What does it all mean?
synopsis - Bama will have had over 35 days since they last played. Clemson played in their Conference Championship
game in early December. Who does that favor? Who knows, but it has given Bama the opportunity to get some guys
in better health.
Frankly this game is scary for Bama fans. But, there
are 126 other teams who would love to be in this final 4. Why is it scary ? Bama really hasn't played
very well since the TAMU game. There just seems to be something missing. The team hasn't looked in SYNC.
The last two (SEC) games of the season, Bama has not played as well as they can, and it showed. Clemson on the other
hand, has seemed to get better as the season rolled along. Their Defense, is very very good and may give Bama fits if
Bama finds themselves behind the chains on any down.
Keys for a Bama victory?
Easy - convert on 3rd down - and keep Clemson off the field. Bama was miserable against Auburn on both.
Play that way again, and it will be a LONG night. But go back to that time between games? Has Bama gotten
some of the "kinks" out?
Another thing is the Kicking
Game. I do believe Bama has the advantage in the kicking game. Clemson has struggled with FG's over 35 yards.
If it comes to kicking game - Bama will win.
So I say Bama will
prevail. Bama will have some things that Clemson will be surprised about. It will be a close game, but Bama
ROLL TIDE !
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Season Finale' THE IRON BOWL
Wed, November 22, 2017 | link
The IRON BOWL
Bama had no problem handling Mercer - last week. The final score could have been "YOU NAME IT TO ZERO".
Although a blowout, was a good opportunity for Bama to lick its wounds and allow a few
of the nicked up players to get better.
This Iron Bowl -
the 82st meeting between these two, is about as big as it can get. Funny how I remember saying that about
so many games since Coach Saban joined the Bama Staff. Auburn comes into this game with two losses, one to Clemson
and one to LSU. The LSU loss is something of a mystery as the Tigers of Auburn, had a big lead only to see the Tigers
of LSU fight back and dominate the 2nd half to win. Since that game the Auburn Tigers have been clicking
on all cylinders with both a good running game, a good passing game and a defense that stopped the Georgia Bulldogs cold.
In fact the much talked about Dawg backfield was sent yelping with their tails between their legs. This game brought
Auburn "Back" to the talks for playoffs etc.
Is Auburn as good as
they looked against Ga? Is Ga as good as everyone thought? Who knows... but none of that will matter at 6:30 Saturday
on the plains.
This game is one where the cliché is "Throw
the record books out" - where in reality the favored team wins more often than not. Playing on a neutral field,
I think Bama would be favored by 10+ however, the spread is Bama by 4. The most points scored against Auburn this year
are 27, twice LSU and TAMU. Both those were on the road. Bama on the other hand has given up 23 to Colorado State,
and 23 to Miss State. Bama has 2 shutouts and Auburn has zero. The stats listed below are very close.
I believe it will be a fight to the finish, and I believe Bama and Hurts,
will end up being too much for the Tigers.
ROLL TIDE !!!
3. AU 37.6
1. Bama 10.2
3. AU 16.6
2. Bama 479.2
1. Bama 244.1
4. AU 302.5
4. AU 244.0
1. Bama 87.4
3. AU 118.2
4. AU 231.9
7. Bama 208.9
2. Bama 156.7
Pass D Eff
1 Bama 15
11. AU 6
3. AU 32
4. Bama 30
5. Bama 20
1. Bama 257
5. AU 241
Opp First Downs
2. Bama 154
3rd Down Conversions
4. AU 45.6%
5. Bama 42.1
Opp 3rd Down Conversions
1. Bama 31.0%
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Week 11 Bama VS Miss St
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VS Miss St
Bama didn't appear to have a great game vs LSU last week winning by 14 after being
favored by 21. LSU won in almost every category of the stats. Bama could never get their running game going and
couldn't seem to stop LSU as they have most opponents this year. Bama also took another hit at linebacker and
on the Dline with more injuries. Those are beginning to pile up, and should cause some concern among the coaches and
fans. Is that concern valid? I believe so, especially from a depth standpoint. Thankfully the winner
of the stats doesn't matter, and the scoreboard does... so Bama 24 LSU 10 is the only stat that matters.
This week Bama travels to Starkville (a short road trip)
to take on the Bulldogs. The Dogs are ranked 16 in the Nation with 2 losses. Those came to Georgia and to Auburn.
This is a game that many had marked on their calendars for a long time. At the beginning of the year, many thought this
would be the thorn in Bama's side. Many think Miss State matches up well versus The Tide at many positions. Of course
with all the injuries, if that was true, it certainly is now. The Linebacker spot is critical in defending a QB
like Nick Fitzgerald may prove difficult. Fitzgerald is swift afoot and has on occasion carried the team on his
shoulders. Bama will have to be able to stop Fitzgerald and the Miss State running game, to keep an upset from
Bama of course
has a weapon at QB in Hurts. Who carries his team at times. Bama's most secret weapon may be punter JK Scott. Thus far
for the year, Bama (Scott) has yet to have a punt returned. They have either been touchbacks, fair catches or downed.
When the Offense stalls, having that weapon is really a difference maker.
I think Bama may have some trouble with State and if they allow them to "hang around" too long
it could be costly. But, I think Bama will out physical them and win going away.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Wednesday November 1st WEEK 10
Wed, November 1, 2017 | link
Well, its Bama vs LSU time. Wow, how time chances
things. Of course in my world I think as my dad told me there is a pendulum effect. Meaning as sure as it swings
in one direction, it is going to swing in the other one day. What does that have to do with this game? Bama vs
LSU was once a game that the media craved, it decided the SEC West, and was once as little as 5 years ago coined "The
Game of the Century". Tomorrow at 7pm Bama will defend their undefeated record on their home field against
an LSU bunch who dropped an early game to Troy. Yes, as I typed that, I had to double check but it was Troy. The
Tigers are a bit on the unpredictable level, they lost not only to Troy, but were really manhandled by Miss State. The Tigers,
however have eked out wins over Auburn and Florida. Both games they were considered underdogs. The most recently
handled Ole Miss 40 - 24.
Bama comes in a 21 point favorite.
WOW - that is difficult to believe, but Bama has handled everyone in the fashion of a drubbing, with the exception of TAMU
(win by 8). And looking at this game on paper, it looks as if 21 may not be enough. However as the
cliché goes, they don't play on paper.
In the past few weeks,
since the Auburn win, LSU seems to have gotten some continuity and seems to be playing better football. Both have had
a week off heading into this game. The Tigers are playing with a nothing to lose attitude, and Bama has everything
to lose. The first College Playoff Poll came out last night, and Georgia is ranked the #1 team, with Bama #2.
Will that have any effect on the minds of the Bama players? I'd say a bit. I believe Coach Saban when he says
they don't talk about the Polls, but I think the players do and will perhaps be a bit miffed. That of course will not
matter long as the first hit of the game usually takes care of the emotional part.
I think Bama has too many talented players so deep on the roster, that even if LSU can hang with them early, they
won't be able to going into the 4th Quarter.
The key for the
Tide is to do what they have done all year, score early and play Defense. If Bama does that, LSU may have a hard time
not allowing them to cover. Hopefully Bama has done some work on the special teams part of the game, and will
not botch a catch on punt returns.
This Bama LSU game may be like
the one billed "Game of the Century" where LSU didn't get much going on Offense and only crossed midfield once.