Today might just be a big Roundtable-fest.
3 games, 3 wins, 3 roundtables, and 3rd Saturday…. good times. This week, the CWR is hosted by the folks at Third Saturday in Blogtober. They have shown themselves to be one of the more dedicated CWR contributors, and always provide very good insight.
1. What are your feelings on Alabama’s current position in the polls? Are we overrated? Underrated? Just right?
I wish we weren’t ranked in the Top 10, because going on the road as a TOP TEN TEAM can bring extra fire from opponents, as apposed to an 12th ranked team. In the future, this shouldn’t be of too much concern, but until this team can prove they can be consistent… I shall worry (somewhat).
2. What aspect of the game did Alabama control that shocked you the most? What aspect of the game was Alabama dominated in that shocked you the most?
It was nice to see a total domination on offense. I knew we’d win, but I didn’t know we’d get 500+ yards.
Didn’t really see anybody on Alabama get dominated, but that 4th down TD given up was less than impressive. Effort like that will bury you in the SEC.
3. Name your player of the game on Offense. Also name one on Defense.
Julio Jones had some nice plays, catching the ball 5 times for 66 yards and a TD.
Rashad Johnson had the most tackles, with 7 unassisted. Great games for both.
4. Who on each side of the ball has been the biggest surprise to you so far?
Mark Ingram really seems to be shining so far. I knew Glenn Coffee would get his fair share of carries, and I thought Terry Grant would get some as well, but Ingram has been playing the best out of all of the Freshmen this year. Whenever he gets the ball, the pile just continues to move. It helps to have a sharp O-line, but he is playing the best ball out of all of the offensive skill players.
How about Javier Arenas? The return specialist has 13 total tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, and a sack. How many tackles did he have in 2007? 13. So yes, he’s already reached last year’s total in 3 games. He’s a beast on special teams, and have proven himself to be a player on Defense.
5. The last three weeks were fun, but now it’s time for conference play. What area of play concerns you now that we’re getting into the more physical stretch of the schedule?
Arkansas doesn’t seem to be the biggest defensive threat in the SEC, so I will worry about how a young defense will handle an aggressive passing attack under Bobby Petrino. Clemson depended on their ground game, but Arkansas appears to be a bit pass happy under the veteran QB Casey Dick. The Hogs have proven themselves to be comeback kids (albeit against lower level talent), so I know they are used to quick drives in the crunch.