Yes, it is time to give some attention to Basketball. I know, I know, Football is reaching its highest point, but I do want to have one brief mention of Sunday’s loss to Mercer…… MERCER!
If only Mark Gottfried had Steele’s injury to blame
I’m back, for a short while anyways. Too busy and tired to do too much, but I must say I am really pumped after last Saturday’s win. Even though people have been finding different types of adversity for Alabama to face, I think they’ve covered most everything. Two early turnovers put Alabama in a 14-7 hole. But, as possible champions do, we found a way to win. Rashad Johnson, John Parker Wilson, Julio Jones, and Glen Coffee were key players in that victory. Now that I think about it, it is much more enjoyable to give LSU fans false hope, only to rip out their hearts at the very end.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, both Alabama and Georgia got a little bit of bulletin board material from Brad Lester:
“I feel like if we win these last two games, it won’t be as bad as it really seems. Last year, we had four losses. This year, we’ll have five if we win out.”
But, really, is that possible?
“I have no doubt in my mind,” Lester said. “We should beat both teams by a good amount of points. I feel real confident about it.”
Well Brad, I guess all I’ll say is see you on the field.
You probably won’t be hearing from me for a while, so I can’t leave you without something to enjoy…
Yes, I know we all have to talk about staying 100% classy, but that game was against Phil Fulmer, and I don’t like the man. Nick Stephens, hats off to you for your toughness throughout the game. You’re the leader Tennessee needs.
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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That was ugly, but an SEC win is always big. Stats are available at ESPN.com, but these numbers are all that matter: 7-0 (4-0 SEC), 45-9-2 against Ole Miss, 5 straight over the Rebs, and Saban moves to 6-1 against them fine Hoddy Toddy folks.
Congrats to Ole Miss and Houston Nutt for that comeback. I have to admit, even though we all like to have some fun at HN’s expense, I hate playing any team he fields. You’re always in for a tight game with that man on the other sideline.
I won’t go into great detail about how bad that 2nd half looked, but here are my thoughts expressed in one picture:
This game is really hard to get a hand on for a number of reasons. Both teams are coming off of bye weeks. Both bye weeks follow lackluster performances, which follow a week where both squads beat Top 5 teams on the road. Alabama is #2 in both polls, while Ole Miss has had an up and down season comparable to only the U.S. Stock Market.
I could go on. But, as Houston Nutt would say during a boring movie, Let’s just skip to the funny part!
Picture via Gate 21. No disrespect to HN of course.
Reasons for my gut to say Alabama wins
Reasons for my gut to say Alabama losses
Ole Miss can win this game is they come with more intensity than Alabama. If we’re evenly matched in that department, Bama will end up winning the game. We just have to stick to our assignments, play physical football, and keep our foots on the gas if given the opportunity. Ole Miss is very capable of covering the spread (around 13 points…. I think). Alabama should win, 27-17.
Tuscaloosa restaurants had to shut down early this weekend as Andre Smith and Terrence Cody had a Saturday afternoon off. It has been reported that Tuscaloosa County has set off an amber alert for the manager of Bob Baumhower’s Wings restaurant, who ran away screaming after the 10th order of chili cheese fries failed to quench their hunger.
It is now apparent that SEC speed is starting to eat its own. It’s…. evolving.
Not great, but acceptable when you’re playing a very confused Tennessee squad.
5. South Carolina
A Spurrier team coming in under the radar? It appears to be true!
6. Ole Miss
The Rebels come into Tuscaloosa without the momentum they had hoped to bring. That Florida victory is looking better, so I imagine people will be preparing for a tough game when Ole Miss comes to town.
That was fun while it lasted.
Still not sure what to make of the Vols. I still think this Stephens kid will work out for them in the long run.
Two straight SEC losses? BS! Dicky Lyons out for the year? BS! No Quarterback? BS! Barbara Stanwyck’s initials? BS!
I’m………. speechless. How do you address such a horrid performance? HOW?!
11. Mississippi State
I’m not shocked that Vanderbilt’s 5-0 joyride crashed against MSU. Starkville is a lifeless void where happy thoughts go to die.
I’m glad Bob Petrino got to avoid working on his frown wrinkles this weekend. The Hogs still have a ways to go, but they have something positive to build on.
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).
Is this true?
the Opelika-Auburn News say Tony Franklin has been fired? I’m no AU fan, but this is huge news anywhere for it to be 6 games into the season.