Crimson and White Roundtable Round-up

This should have been up on Friday, but Sunday evening is good enough…. right?

It will be interesting to see who exactly had a good feel for the game. Alabama did win by a score of 24-20 over Ole Miss, but most were expecting (hoping?) for more. It was closer that it really needed to be, but I’ll always take a 4 point victory in an SEC game.

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The Crimson & White Roundtable- Host Edition

I’m back, and I’ve brought the CWR with me!

I will perform the hosting duties this week, which hasn’t happened since I first started organizing this Roundtable forum. It seemed like so long ago….

Remember when this guy used to coach? Talk about forever-ago!

Since last week was an idle weekend, I decided it would be best to avoid the standard questions concerning Bama’s last performance. Therefore, this week’s set of questions is rather short and simple. I have been known to over analyze certain situations in order to have something to talk about, so this could start to sound like the inconsistent rambling of a crazy man. Let’s overreact!

1. What are your feelings on Alabama’s current position in the polls? Are we Overrated? Underrated? Just right?

It is probably for the best that Alabama isn’t ranked #1 right now. While I would like to see it for the first time in years, that is more added pressure than I am comfortable with right now. We’re about to play a team that beat a top 5 squad on the road and Tennessee. I know the Vols have been down recently, but you never know what’ll happen in a rivalry game.

2. Kentucky’s Defensive Line gave Alabama an afternoon of problems. Considering that Ole Miss is said to have a better D-Line, is there a cause for concern, or our we just over-reacting to a tired team’s performance?

Even though some will automatically say “no, they were just tired”, I thought this would be a good question to make others sit back and consider the fact that injuries could really mess up our Offensive Line.

Think about the Andre Smith injury, and the mini-hold fest he had once he came back into the game with a tweaked elbow. You also should remember the Tulane game when Andre and Marlon Davis were both injured. This is a squad we really need to stay healthy for our offense to continue to play well. Hopefully, game changing injuries won’t happen again*knocks on wood repeatedly*.

Big Andre will carry this offense whether they like it or not.

If injuries do start to take their toll on our physical O-line, then bad things could start to happen to both the offense and defense. We’ve got talent on the 1st team, but we’re mighty thin when it comes to the 2nd string on down. The offense could start to sputter, forcing the defense onto the field longer that we would like. They’ll get tired, and could possibly break down towards the end of games.

Maybe I’m just an overly cautious guy, but I do think my concerns are legit.

3. What part of Alabama’s team concerns you against Ole Miss? Likewise, what aspect of the game should Alabama control?

With the domination of Clemson, Arkansas, and Georgia, most people have spoken very little of the problems we’ve had when it comes to Pass Defense. Clemson had no O-line, so it really never showed up, but it has given us a few problems from game 2 on. Matthew Stafford is going to get his stats no matter where you go, but they certainly were able to make the game much tighter with an impressive air assault. Even Mike Hartline of Kentucky looked fairly good when he was handing the ball to Rolando McClain is terror.

Jevan Snead is one of the better QBs in the country, so we better be prepared to see the guy tossing the ball around as much as he can…. whenever Nutt isn’t running his Wild Tecmo-Cat-Hog-Rebel formation.

I got a TD!…. Did that dude just wet himself?

If our Pass Defense has been a tad bit suspect, our Run Defense has been the Steel Curtain. Mount Cody and crew have been shutting down top back after top back, and I’m not sold on any Ole Miss Offensive Lineman not named Michael Oher having the ability to stop them.

If we can stop Spiller, Davis, and Moreno, then we can stop most anybody in the country (in theory).

The Crimson and White Roundtable

Sorry for the delay, but here we go with the CWR. Todd from Roll Bama Roll is hosting this week, and he brings us these 5 questions.

1. What are your feelings on Alabama’s current position in the polls? Are we overrated? Underrated? Just right?

If you had told me in August that Alabama would have a legitimate argument at being the #1 ranked team in America, I would’ve checked your noggin for frying pan bruises.

Based on what we’ve achieved, I am more than willing to admit Alabama deserves the ranking. We’ve got the best win in the country. For every BCS opponent we’ve played, we blown them out of the water (Georgia did make it respectable).

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?

The entire 1st half. I know, I know… everyone has said that, but that doesn’t take away the face that is is true.

As for being dominated, I’d have to go with Special Teams. That blocked punt was awful to watch due to the lackadaisical “going through the motions” attitude we seemed to take on that play. Add in the on-side kick and that TD on the return (yes, I heard about the refs. That still does not excuse everyone else), and it was a HORRIBLE night for Special Teams. They could cost us a game or two if they don’t get their act together.

3. Name your player of the game on Offense. Also name one on Defense.

On offense, you have to give it to John Parker Wilson. He was efficient, smooth, and in control the entire game. That TD pass to Julio was a thing of beauty, something we have not seen from John Parker as often as we would like.

On defense, I would give it to Justin Woodall. When you analyze that 2nd half comeback, a TD at the end of the half would’ve been a HUGE disaster for Alabama. But, Woodall made the Interception, and kept the score at 31-0 at the half. Add in his 5 tackles, and I’d say you have yourself a defensive MVP.

4. The Wildcats are a very quiet 4-0 with lackluster wins over Louisville, Norfolk State, MTSU, and Western Kentucky.  Obviously every game in the SEC is going to be a tough one and the Tide could be in danger of a letdown after such a huge win, so are you at all worried about UK?  Why or why not?

Yes, I’d say there is a cause for concern. Our special teams looked horrid last weekend, so Kentucky could be allowed a few easy points due to poor kick-off coverage. We also know that the Tulane game will be the mantra for every team coming into Tuscaloosa now that Alabama has the proverbial target on our backs.

Don’t forget that Rich Brooks has turned this program around, earning a win against the eventual BCS champion LSU Tigers. Of course, this all depends on how focused and well prepared Alabama is when the game starts. I’ve seen some of this extra love in the TV coverage, and it does make me rather uncomfortable that Antoine Caldwell watched a lot of it on ESPN.

5. John Parker Wilson is a new man this season, looking the kind of savvy game manager that can make just enough throws to keep defenses guessing we need in this offense.  What’s your take on his sudden emergence, and are you comfortable with him under center in clutch

How can you not have more confidence in JPW? He got us our biggest win of the decade, something that Watts, Zow, and Croyle were unable to do. I hope it doesn’t go to his head, but I think he’s finally getting that inconsistency issue out of his system.

Crimson and White Roundtable

Who’s ready for a Crimson and White Roundtable? Alabama Gameday is, as they host this week’s CWR. Let’s get down to bus-nass (business for those of you who don’t understand what I just said):

What are your feelings on Alabama’s current position in the polls? Are we overrated? Underrated? Just right?

Given all of Alabama’s accomplishments thus far, it makes sense. If we beat Georgia (big if), then the high ranking we get will always be deserved.

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?

I was shocked at how well Alabama’s defense played in the redzone. In between redzones, our D wasn’t extremely impressive, but they did shut down the Hogs when it mattered most.

Alabama really looked bad on punt return coverages throughout the game. Sure, it was better in the 2nd half, but every other team we face should have a speedster back there in waiting. We can’t allow easy TDs or easy field position if we are to make it to the next level.

Name your player of the game on Offense. Also name one on Defense.

Is there any doubt that the Offensive player of the game should be Glenn Coffee? The guy averaged over 16 YPC against Arkansas!

Javier Arenas should get the Defensive game ball for that returned INT for the TD, as well as his ability to be all over the field.

Alabama has dominated the first quarter, outscoring opponents 64-0 in the first quarter. How do you think this team will handle its first taste of adversity this season?

That really all depends on John Parker Wilson. We’ve all seen how he’s faltered in key situations, and we all remember the heartache it has caused us all. If he can FINALLY get over the hump and perform well in a big road game, then I’ll be feeling pretty good about this season. I don’t think we’ll beat Georgia, but a good performance could mean good things for the Tide this season. But more on that later…

If JPW gets intimidated by the”BLACKOUT”, then we might as well watch M*A*S*H reruns on TV Land. Hopefully, John Parker will envision Britney Spears every time somebody mentions “BLACKOUT”, so he can simply laugh at every single reference.

When will Mark Richt drive with his newborn in his lap?

Setting aside Georgia, now that the season is well underway, how do you feel Alabama stacks up against what you’ve seen of their big opponents?

Alabama’s Offensive Line should match-up to no less that even with every other team’s Defensive Line. Why? We’re strong, physical, and experienced. If we take care of business against Kentucky and Ole Miss, I am starting to like our chances against Tennessee’s offense (knock on wood)… unless they find a way to totally turn around Crompton and crew.

SEC Power Poll Roundtable

In a world where SEC bloggers can only voice their opinions in short blurbs in a poll format, one man seeks to change everything.

That man is Cock’N Fire from Garnet and Black Attack, who brings us a new SEC Power Poll Roundtable. It’s not going to happen every week, but it will give us some time to stop and review what has happened in order to determine what will happen (assuming we’re actually good at predicting things).

Please feel free to comment, and look for a round-up on G and B A.

1. Pretend for a minute that Vanderbilt wasn’t 2-0, then answer this question: What has been the most surprising thing in the SEC so far this season?

I’d have to say South Carolina’s offense. I thought this would be the year where SC would finally be able to live up to the Spurrier offense. They have an experienced QB and a handful of good receivers, but still seem to struggle. That offensive showing against Vandy and UGA leaves me scratching my head.

2. Conference action has either just begun for most teams, or will Sept. 20. (The exception is Kentucky, which I believe plays I-AA teams until mid-November.) From what you’ve seen so far, how will your team fare in your division? If it’s not going to win, which team will?

Alabama will certainly play a factor in the chase. I don’t know if we’ve got enough depth to take it, but we’ll certainly make more than just a two team race.

The SEC West picture will probably clear up a good bit in the next two weeks with Alabama vs. Arkansas and LSU vs. Auburn. If Bama wins, we’ll be in contention for most of the season. There will be one Tiger team that could be eliminated, so keep an eye on that one.

3. Which SEC player that few of us are paying attention to is poised to have a breakout season? Try to choose someone not on your team.

Casey Dick. What? Why is everybody laughing?

I still won’t make a decision on Arkansas until they play BCS level talent, but Dick will have some very impressive statistics when it is all said and done. Petrino likes his NFL passing attack, and I know he’ll use it as much as he can.

4. Both Arkansas and LSU have had games delayed because of hurricanes. If you could choose a game on your team’s current schedule to get postponed because of inclement weather, which game would you choose and why?

Alabama’s schedule would become extremely difficult if we had to postpone any of our remaining SEC games. We end the season with LSU, Miss. State, a bye week, and then Auburn. If we had to put in a Georiga, Tennessee, or even Ole Miss in that bye week, that would be tough.

I guess I would wait with Arkansas State, so that we could have an extra week to prepare for LSU. I don’t think playing Ark State later would help or hurt our chances to win that game, but it would certainly be a nice time for a rest.

5. So, the Large Haldron Collider hasn’t destroyed the Earth — so far, anyway. But had the world ended Wednesday morning, which SEC game would you have most regretted missing? Assuming, of course, you had been around to regret it. (Head…hurts…)

I know everyone will say this, but if I would like to see Florida vs Georgia (This is assuming I am not allowed to pick any Alabama games).

Take the two best Quarterbacks in the SEC, mix in a little Knowshon, and then sprinkle in some Harvin & Rainey. You let that simmer for a week in Jacksonville, Florida with pleanty of Jack Daniels, and you have yourself a very good recipe for a football game.

Crimson and White Roundtable

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.

CW Roundtable Round-Up

Sorry for such a late post, but my computer has been on the fritz.

Let me just say that Todd from Roll Bama Roll has really done a great job running the CWR. Let’s hope it continues on its path to internet greatness. I’d also like to thank TideFaninTN for this cool logo. Look at how it glistens.

Our participants this week included:

Thank you to all who participated. I know this was a rather short week for the Roundtable, but I am happy with the number of blogs who participated.

This next part is pretty simple. I’ll pick a variety of answers from all of the folks listed above, giving you a good overview of what the Alabama blogs of the world are thinking. I wish I could give everyone an equal amount of space, but with an odd number, some will have to only go with one. More after the jump.
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Crimson and White Roundtable: Redux

It has been placed upon me to continue the Roundtable, something I do with great honor and pride…. mostly for visits though.

After such a performance on Saturday, it seems like a very good time to gather together and gauge the feelings of the Alabama fans and bloggers. We won a game that few thought we could win, something that has to put a smile to everyone’s face. We haven’t had a time to smile like this since last year’s Tennessee beat down, so enjoy it.

Good times for one and all… in Crimson

Since it is rather short notice due to scheduling, I will understand if others cannot participate this week. If you can’t, we’ll all understand. Hopefully, we’ll be able to keep things rolling on an continual basis.

1) Due to that colossal victory over a Top 10 team in Clemson, Alabama has shot up in the polls (13th in AP and 17th in Coaches). What are your feelings on Alabama’s current position in the polls? (Too High? Too Low? Just Right?) Expound on this if you can.

I would be happy with 15th place considering we’ve only played on game, so I guess it evens out when you consider the two positions in the polls. We need to play some SEC football before I start complaining about being ranked “too low”.

Early season poll rankings are starting to mean less and less. If you don’t like where your team it today, you certainly have plenty of opportunities to gain some ground. Just look at the 2007 polls, the most fluid of my lifetime. It seemed like a top team was falling every week. So don’t panic, because this thing will probably be very different come October.

2) We’re all a little shocked at how much Alabama dominated that game on Saturday. What aspect of the game did Alabama control that shocked you the most?

Even though I created this question, I have to admit it seems a bit open ended considering how well things went on Saturday. I guess my one shock was our ability to not crumble after a few big plays by Clemson. With that Ford catch, and later the Spiller TD,  thought it would become a very close game that we might lose. But, we responded in a manner unlike 2007 with our ability to finish the game. The only question now is can we avoid the late season collapse that has mired us in mediocrity for the last few years?

Think about it; we’ve actually had some pretty respectable performances until the end of the season year after year. Even though that is when we play LSU and Auburn, we’ve still had the likes of ULM and Mississippi State to deal with (two non-juggernauts of football). We’ve got to stay tough, and I think this year we just might do it.

3) Name your player of the game on Offense. Also name one on Defense.

On offense, you have to give it to Mark Ingram. The Freshman Running Back was the rookie of the weekend if my opinion, gaining a ton of yardage against a highly vaunted defense from a year ago. He’s got the speed, toughness, and plowing ability that you need in an SEC RB.

on defense, I’d go with Terrance Cody, as I am sure most of you will. He’s 360+ lbs, and can still do a 360 degree slam dunk. With his agility, he created tons of problems for Clemson last Saturday. If we are to have a big time D-line this season, Cody will be the key kog for Alabama.

Roundtable Round-Up

Well, it is the end of the week, which means it is probably time for the CW Roundtable Round-Up. Last time I gave you the “Price Is Right” treatment, but when it comes to this Round-Up, I’m pretty much lost.

I forgot what I was supposed to say

So, in accordance with a no frills Round-Up, here’s the line-up:

Todd: Roll Bama Roll, TideFaninTN: Third Saturday in Blogtober, Ell: Bama Sports Report, Memphis Tider, Gerry Dorsey: Uncle Rico’s Time Machine, Will Heath: DBH Dance Party

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Crimson/White…. ROUNDTABLE!!!

Back to back roundtable posts…. I’m tempted to just bask in the glow. After all, blogging is serious business, and society should always appreciate when we bloggers bestow our graceful wit and insight to you, the reader.

In all seriousness, I am the host of this week’s roundtable. I have thought long and hard about what questions to ask our roundtable members. I’ve tried to avoid repeating everything in previous topics, providing questions that I hope will cause everyone to not only think, but have a healthy conversation in the comments section. We’ll see if it is successful or not.

1) Complete this sentence: Alabama’s biggest improvement from the 2007 season will be __________.

Alabama’s biggest improvement from the 2007 season will be the Offensive Line. Yes, I will drink the O-line kool-aid. We have a senior Center and a stud of a Left Tackle, two positions that are of great importance in football today. If they can finally live up to expectations (and I think they will), our offense might finally start rolling.

2) Who will be the unsung hero of the 2008 Crimson Tide? This is a player that hasn’t received any pre-season attention, nor will he receive any post-season attention from the media. Yet without his presence, the Tide would be lost.

Most people might not look to the special teams, but I think it could very well be Leigh Tiffin. I know that Corey Smith may end up being the better Kicker when it is all said and done, but I think Tiffin will be somebody we need to perform. Kickers rarely get the praise unless they hit a big field goal against a big time opponent, but they sure do seem to get the blame when it comes down to missing a kick or two (see Arkansas 2006).

He seemed like he was trying very hard to improve last year, and I think we could all agree that he gave us a good effort throughout the season. He’ll have experience on his side this year, which will hopefully mean a good performance in Fayetteville and many other road games.

3) This is a rather vague question considering we haven’t even started fall practice, but what bowl game some we expect for this Alabama team?

No more bitter cold nights in Bossier City/Shreveport for this blogger. If I had to just pick it right now, I’d pick either the Peach Bowl (stick with this name!!) or the Outback Bowl. I’d take a Liberty Bowl, but I would not be an extremely excited Bama fan.

4) This next one has to do with the recent hub-bub over the sabbatical Kenny Stabler is taking from the radio broadcast. I would like you to pick your ultimate Alabama football radio broadcast team. Pick an announcer, color analyst, a sideline reporter or two, and anything else you’d like to add.

Eli Gold 2.0 (Announcer): I know some don’t like how he rambles on, or how he fails to mention the down, time, and score, but Eli is a great talent that I don’t think we really need to let go at this point. I’d upgrade him to Eli 2.0 so we could get the down, time, and score more often, but I still like Eli all the same.

Joe Namath (Color Analyst): I know, some opposing fans might giggle at my choices of replacing a man with alcohol issues with another man with past alcohol issues, but I don’t care at all. The radio broadcast is for Alabama fans. Namath brings years of experience, blunt honesty, and great personalities that would delight listeners to no end.

Barry Krauss and Shaun Alexander (Sideline Reporters): Even though I’m still hoping for Shaun to get another shot at the NFL, I understand that his days would be numbered even if he got a contract. But, if he was willing to participate in state wide radio broadcast, I think Shaun would give the younger Tide fans a thrill on the radio. He’s friendly, humble, and just plain popular. I think Krauss has done an excellent job so far, so I’d keep him.

Tom Roberts (Pre/Post-Game Host): I like Tom, I really do. But, he isn’t a color analyst, and really does well with the radio show (even though some of his questions are not the best in the world). He’s loyal to Alabama, and has a good cadence while on the air.