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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Post Game Links And News (Alabama-Florida)

When Florida hit for a long touchdown pass on the first play of the game, I was down and out. It looked to me like we were in for the fight of our lives. But that was about all that Florida would do for the entire game. Alabama beat the hell out of Florida, 38-10 and left alot of people wondering who, if anyone, is going to beat Alabama this year. LSU? Possibly. But it truly appears as though that is the only remaining team on the schedule that can stop the Tide from going all the way to the National Championship.


Below are some links to articles and stories about the game, in the hours following





TideSports Tide Blows Past Florida
TideSports Gators Speedsters Get Nowhere Fast
TideSports McCarron Poised In Hostile Environment
TideSports Offense Steps Up

ESPN Crimson Tide Steamrolls Gators

Capstone Report Game Notes
Tidefans Wrap Up Tide Toys With The Gators In The Swamp
Herald Tribune  Tide Rolls Gators, 38-10
Anniston Star Tide Flexes Body Of Work
Sporting News What We Learned
Tucson Citizen Alabama Too Much For Florida
USA Today Richardson Leads Tide
Bleacher Report Grading The Gators
Yahoo Tide Rolls Gators

al.com Career Night For Richardson
al.com Alabama Smothers Florida
al.com Alabama Clobbers Florida
al.com Nick Saban Post Game Press Conference
al.com Alabama Notes: Richardson Enjoys Career Best Night

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Week That Was And Will Be (Week 5)

The Week That Was


I went 7-3 on my predictions for last week. Not as good as the 8-2 mark from the week before, but still respectable.


Michigan started off the day by beating San Diego State. Not a surprise to anyone, but the fact that it was a beatdown was contrary to what alot of national media people thought would happen. ESPN's Mark May had put Michigan on upset alert, believing the Aggies had a chance to actually defeat the Wolverines


I picked Pitt, and Sal Sunseri's son Tino, to beat Notre Dame 41-31. After seeing the slugfest end 15-12 or whatever it was, with Notre Dame coming out on top, I couldn't have been more wrong. I'm probably just gonna leave Notre Dame alone from this point forward. No real reason to care about them one way or the other. I hate their coach, and will be rooting against them, but I will leave them out of my predictions from now on


Georgia pretty much did what I expected them to do against Ole Miss. Nothing much to see there, other than the fact that Isaiah Crowell continues to justify the drum I've been beating since the start of the season. He WILL be one of the best in the country the next couple years. Count on it


Arkansas and Alabama. For my complete thoughts on that game, as well as links to what others wrote about it, CLICK HERE


Florida State surprised me. Well, more like CLEMSON surprised me. I didn't think Clemson could do it two weeks in a row. When is the last time they did? But Dabo's boys got it done. You can blame it on FSU missing several players due to injury, but still...Dabo has these guys rolling, and they have some really great young players. Sammy Watkins is going to be one of the most fun players to watch over the next few years


Auburn surprised no one by beating Florida Atlantic. They also surprised no one when they gave up over 300 yards of offense to a team that was averaging 96 yards a game coming in. FAU had scored 3 points. ALL YEAR. And AU gave up 14 to the Owls. I love the fact that AU linebacker Jake Holland was on TV the other night saying that they felt really good about the improvement they made in that game. He was proud that they held a team to *only* 14 points. Well NO SHIT Jake!! It's Florida Atlantic. Of COURSE you held them to 14. I'm glad he feels like they played well though. Good news for the Toomer's Corner oaks, though. They are about to get a month long break from being rolled


Florida and Kentucky was a snoozer. Nothing really interesting to even comment on


I said that LSU would beat West Virginia 40-13. That wasn't too far off the actual final score of 47-21. Tyrann Matheiu continues to impress in LSU's defensive backfield. One encouraging sign for fans of teams that play LSU this year: LSU did allow over 400 passing yards to Geno Smith. So maybe they aren't as dominant as people think. We'll see


Texas A&M had a 20-3 lead on Oklahoma State and allowed the Cowboys to come back and win by one point. If they are trying to be an SEC team, they just did their best impression of Alabama in the 2010 Iron Bowl. It was ridiculous. It also included a crazy play from Justin Blackmon, who I think is the best WR in the game. YouTube Link. How did this happen?


USC got spanked by Arizona St. I never saw this coming. I really didn't. I mean, I know this isn't the USC of the earlier part of this decade, but still. Losing to ARIZONA STATE? By 21 POINTS??? Wow. Pete Carroll is rolling over in his grave. (I know he's not dead)


The Week That Will Be


This is the best weekend of college football so far, in my opinion. So many great games to see today


1. Texas A&M and Arkansas get things started at 11 am. If the Aggies want to be taken seriously as an SEC team, they need to win this game. Or at least compete. I don't want Texas A&M, or anyone else for that matter, to join the SEC. I want things the way they have been the last several years. But I can't change what is happening. I can root against the Aggies, though. I look for Arky too bounce back here and win this one, though it should be entertaining with both teams having great offenses.


Arkansas 38
Texas A&M 37


2. Minnesota travels to Michigan to take their ass whipping. I really don't expect this one to be too interesting. I can't say enough about Denard Robinson. I think he will have another awesome day, and rush for about 200 yards. It's just what he does. Every single week.


Michigan 35
Minnesota 14


3. Mississippi St looks to place the final nail in the coffin for Georgia head coach Mark Richt. If the (Georgia) Bulldogs find a way to lose this game, then say goodbye to Mark Richt. But I don't really expect that to happen. Isaiah Crowell will continue to shine, and Dan Mullen won't be able to do anything about it.


Georgia 34
MSU 23


4. Kentucky at LSU. This one should NOT be close. I plan on keeping up with it somewhat during commercials during the previous game I just mentioned. But it should be a beatdown. Kentucky's offense isn't to write home about, and LSU's defense IS. This one gets ugly fast


LSU 50
UK 9


5. Auburn at South Carolina. The first of 4 straight losses for AU. This one could go so many ways though. AU could get to Gamecocks QB Stephen Garcia, and he could make some mistakes and AU could keep it close, or they could even pull off the victory. AU's defense has been as porous as any in SEC history so far this year. They seem to have no idea how to tackle. It's almost as if every member of their defense is a rookie learning to play football for the first time in his life. So the prospect of this group of weaklings even attempting to slow down Marcus Lattimore is almost laughable. Lattimore is easily one of the best players in the country, and alot of people think he is THE best running back out there. I can't disagree. He is very awesome. If AU keeps him under 100 yards, it will be a miracle. I look for him to get about 200, in all honestly, and I think the Gamecocks will avenge the 2 losses they suffered to Cam Newton last year


South Carolina 41
Auburn 20


6. Michigan St at Ohio St. Ohio State is a mess right now, and I think the Spartans will take advantage. The Buckeyes QB Joe Bauserman couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, as my Grandaddy might put it. Look for freshman Braxton Miller to play more. Michigan St has lost 7 in a row to OSU. I look for them to end that streak in a close one


Michigan St 23
Ohio St 20


7. Clemson at Virginia Tech. Roll Dabo. I am still so pleased with him for beating Auburn a couple weeks ago. And he kept it rolling last, beating Florida State. And I think he keeps it rolling, still, this week. Sammy Watkins is the truth, y'all. Actually, I don't even believe that. I think Jayron Hosley will keep Watkins in check, and I think Beamer's boys will put a halt to Dabo's fun


Va Tech 24
Clemson 17


8. UAB at Troy. I only decided to pick this game because it's another opportunity to make fun of UAB and their ridiculous excuse of a head coach, Neil Calloway. UAB wants to build a stadium, even though nobody cares about their football program. Not even God could save UAB's football team right now


Troy 35
UAB 28


9. Alabama at Florida. See my complete preview and thoughts HERE


10. Nebraska at Wisconsin. This should be an outstanding game. Russell Wilson has proven to be an awesome quarterback, and you know Auburn fans wish he had chosen the plains instead of Madison. I have Wisconsin going undefeated this year, at least in the regular season, so they won't slip up here. Nebraska has a rude awakening coming in their Big Ten opener


Wisconsin 30
Nebraska 20


SEC News And Notes


Auburn's Dee Ford out for the season
Miles says Lee can handle Jefferson coming back
Ole Miss QB Zack Stoudt says Rebels still confidant
Chris Relf thinks he needs to be more confidant
Charlie Weis's offense has it's roots in Alabama Football 
Georgia's Isaiah Crowell still looking to break a long one
South Carolina D Line takes step forward
Dyer vs. Lattimore
Tennessee wants to get more sacks
Harvey Updyke apologizes
Interview with Auburn's Jeff Whitaker
Unlike Auburn, Nick Saban doesn't baby his players



Did You Know

  • Arkansas leads SEC, averaging 47.0 points per game in wins. Kentucky, averaging 20.5 points per game in its wins, is 12th.
  • Alabama’s offense is averaging 6.9 yards per play, which leads the SEC. Last year, three SEC teams were above 6.9 yards per play -- Auburn (7.4), Arkansas (7.1) and Alabama (7.0).
  • Alabama has allowed only four plays of 20 or more yards this season, which is tied for second nationally. The Tide is also one of eight FBS teams to not allow a rushing play of 20-plus yards this season.
  • Florida leads the SEC and is tied for seventh nationally with only two sacks allowed in four games this season.
  • Saturday marks the first game between Alabama and Florida since 2006 that one isn't ranked No. 1 in the nation. This will also be the 14th straight game between the two in which one is ranked in the top 10 (every game since 1990).
  • In its two wins, Mississippi State has not allowed any sacks this season. Only Duke and Texas A&M have not allowed any sacks in its wins (two-or-more) this season.
  • Only Vanderbilt and Connecticut have given up just one red zone touchdown this season, lowest in FBS. Vandy opponents have only score one touchdown in six trips to the red zone.
  • Florida leads the nation in opponents’ third-down conversions. The Gator defense has allowed opponents to convert just 21.1 percent of their third downs (11 of 52).
  • Auburn leads the nation in kickoffs with the average kickoff going 69.54 yards. Tiger kicker Cody Parkey leads the SEC with 15 touchbacks this season.
  • Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo leads the nation in passes defended per game (interceptions and pass deflections) with 2.33 (seven in three games). He has four interceptions and three pass deflections this season.
  • LSU’s Michael Ford leads the SEC in most 10-plus-yard rushing plays against ranked teams with seven. Georgia’s Isaiah Crowell is second with five.
  • The average game time in the SEC is three hours and 16 minutes, which is four minutes more than the average for all FBS games (3:12). Arkansas plays the quickest games in the SEC at three hours, 10 minutes while Auburn’s games are the longest at three hours, 25 minutes.
  • SEC teams are leading the nation in punt returns, averaging 31.0 yards per game and 11.03 yards per return. The next closest is the Pac-12 at 19.6 yards per game. The national average is 17.5.
  • Alabama allowed just seven points in the first half of last week’s Arkansas game. The Crimson Tide has allowed seven points or less in the first half of its last nine games. The Crimson Tide has surrendered three points or less six times over the span including three first half shutouts. Chronologically, these games are: 3 by LSU (Nov. 6, 2010), 3 by Miss. State (Nov. 13, 2010), 7 by Georgia State (Nov. 18, 2010), 7 by Auburn (Nov. 26, 2010), 0 by Michigan State (Jan. 1, 2011), 0 by Kent State (Sept. 3, 2011), 3 by Penn State (Sept. 10, 2011), 0 by North Texas (Sept. 17, 2011), 7 by Arkansas (Sept. 24, 2011).
  • Arkansas is a perfect 15-of-15 (100.0 percent) inside the 20-yard line this season, which is tied for the NCAA lead. Arkansas has scored a touchdown on 12 of 15 (80.0 percent) trips in the red zone, which is tied for first in the SEC and 12th in the NCAA. Arkansas’ defense has held its opponents to 3-of-7 (42.9 percent) in the red zone, which leads the SEC and ranks second in the NCAA, and allowed touchdowns on just two of seven trips (28.6 percent), the third best percentage in the conference and sixth best in the nation.
  • Arkansas should have the mental edge over Texas A&M this weekend. The Aggies haven’t beaten an SEC team in 16 years and are 0-6 against the conference since their last win in 1995 when they beat LSU in their season opener.
  • Auburn has scored 14 points or more in a span of two minutes or less 11 times under Gene Chizik. The Tigers have pulled the trick twice this season, scoring 14 points in 58 seconds against Mississippi State and 14 points in 1:37 against Utah State. The 2009 Tigers set the bar by scoring 16 points in 1:27 of game time in the second quarter against Ball State. The 2009 team also scored 14 points in eight seconds against Ole Miss. The 2010 Tigers scored 14 points in less than two minutes six times.
  • Florida has had 36 rushes of 10 or more yards this season and 10 passes of more than 20 yards this season. The combined total is an average of 11.5 plays per game during the first four games of this season. In 2010, the Gators had 106 total plays of 10 or more rushing yards or 20 or more passing yards, an average of 8.2 plays per game. Last week against Kentucky, the Gators scored four big-play touchdowns: a 45-yard pass, a 20-yard run, an 84-yard run and a 60-yard run.
  • Georgia sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray is already fifth in Georgia’s record books in career touchdown passes thrown with 35. He has thrown multiple touchdowns in eight of his last nine games dating back to last season. In those nine games, he has thrown 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Mike Bobo (1994-97) is fourth in Georgia history with 38 touchdowns thrown in his career.
  • Turnover margin has been a key in Kentucky’s results under Joker Phillips. In his two seasons as head coach, the Wildcats are 5-0 in games in which the Wildcats win the turnover margin, 2-2 when the margin is tied and 1-7 when the Cats lose the turnover battle. Kentucky is plus-eight in turnover margin in its victories and -13 in losses in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
  • LSU has capitalized on eight of its 11 takeaways this season. Against West Virginia, the Tigers scored three touchdowns following takeaways. LSU’s 11 takeaways have resulted in a total of 50 points through four games. LSU has allowed just a field goal following its three turnovers this year.
  • LSU is one of five FBS teams that is currently allowing fewer than 2.0 yards per rush. The Tigers defense has allowed just 213 yards on 111 carries so far this season (1.92 yards per rush).
  • Sixteen players have made their first career start this season for Ole Miss. They are (OFFENSE): Nickolas Brassell (CB/WR), Barry Brunetti (QB), H.R. Greer (FB), Matt Hall (OG), Donte Moncrief (WR), Jamal Mosley (TE), Collins Moore (WR) and Aaron Morris (OL). On DEFENSE, Aaron Garbutt (SAF), Uriah Grant (DT), Wesley Pendleton (CB), Justin Smith (DT), Senquez Golson (CB), Byron Bennett (DL), Frank Crawford (DB) and Ralph Williams (LB). In all, 30 Ole Miss Rebels have seen their first career action this season.
  • Last season, Mississippi State was plus-11 in the turnover margin in its seven wins and -4 in four losses. State turned the ball over just nine times in nine wins and 12 times in four losses. Through the first four weeks of the 2011 season, State is plus-4 in its victories and -1 in its losses.
  • South Carolina is off to a 4-0 start for just the eighth time in school history and for the first time since the 2001 season. In 2001, Carolina started 5-0 and finished 9-3 on the year. The Gamecocks’ best start was in 1984, when they started 9-0 and finished the season with a 10-2 mark. Carolina is 2-0 in the SEC for just the third time in its 20-year SEC history. It was 4-0 in 2001 and 2-0 in 2000.
  • South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has 18 rushes of 10 yards or longer this season, second most in FBS.
  • Tennessee leads the SEC and ranks seventh nationally with a 57.1 percent conversion rate on third downs (24-of-42). UT is the only team in the SEC above 50 percent on third-down conversions. The Vols converted 37 percent of their third downs a year ago (69-of-189). Tennessee successfully converted 10 third-down attempts in each of its first two games in 2011 after not posting 10 conversions in a game since 2006.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Alabama-Florida Preview

After the Arkansas game, and the way our defense so thoroughly dominated one of the best offenses in the country, alot of people are wanting to anoint the Tide as surefire National Championship contenders. And while we are definitely one of the top 5 teams in the country, and in my opinion one of the top 3 most likely to win it all, I think we should remember a few things

Last year, Alabama annihilated the Gators in Tuscaloosa, 31-6, and everyone immediately jumped on the bandwagon and said that Alabama AGAIN had the best team in the country. 

Paul Finebaum was first in line to get on the bus. Reading THIS is sure to piss off most Tide fans, in hindsight




We got WAY too far ahead of ourselves, and believed we were unstoppable. And while I still believe we were the most talented team in the country, we probably believed a little too much of the hype before we promptly went to Columbia, SC and got shown the door by the Gamecocks.

This is a similar situation. We are just coming off a beatdown of a top team, and we are going on the road to face the Gators this year. Alot of people, like myself, expect Alabama to win this game, and fairly easily. But let's not get ahead of ourselves, because Florida is a better team this year than last. Will Muschamp is in his first year as head coach, which usually would spell trouble for most teams, but offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is doing some things with that offense that I think are gonna pose more of a threat to opposing defenses this year than whatever it was that Florida was trying to pull of last year. 

John Brantley is more comfortable in the pocket. Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey are being their usual explosive selves thus far, and are definitely a concern.

For most teams

The thing that people don't seem to realize is that the last two times Alabama played Florida, those two were on the field.

For a Florida perspective on how they have fared against Bama's D, CLICK HERE

Everyone knows that Will Muschamp learned alot of what he knows from Nick Saban. Muschamp was Saban's defensive coordinator at LSU, as well as with the Miami Dolphins. So there is somewhat of a teacher-student dynamic at play here. Muschamp was asked about that this week.

You can see his hilarious response HERE. Star Wars fans will dig the reference

Personally, I do think we will win this game, but I think there are alot of unknowns. The game is in Gainesville. And this time, we are the team with a first year starting quarterback. But I don't think those factors are all that huge. Alabama doesn't rely on the quarterback for much more than to just not screw up. 

I think AJ McCarron is clearly more talented than Greg McElroy, and I think he will be a better player down the road, perhaps even an All America type talent. But this is his first real road test against a legitimate team with a very good defense that will get after his ass all night long. 

I know that he played extremely well on the road at Penn State, but let's be honest, how many SEC teams do you think Penn State could beat? They were an extremely overmatched team 3 weeks ago.

I think AJ will do a good enough job against the Gators. I think he might make a mistake or two. I could see him throwing a pick against this D. But I think a few long runs from Richardson and Lacy, whether it is just straight running it, or even a screen, will do the job. I think AJ will make enough throws to score enough times to win the game.

It basically comes down to this:

I think Alabama is good enough, with Trent and Eddie, to score at least 3 touchdowns and a couple fields goals against Florida.

Do you think Florida, or anyone for that matter, can be counted on to do that against Bama's D? Seriously, these guys are trying to hurt people out there. That lick that Dre Kirkpatrick laid on the Arkansas reciever after he caught the pass coming across the middle was a thing of beauty. He went flying backwards on contact. Dre is 190 lbs and he hits like a 250 pound linebacker.

Here is a preview of what you should expect to see several times during this game



Speaking of 250 pound linebackers...

Dont'a Hightower, Nico Johnson, and Courtney Upshaw are the best combination of linebackers in the country. There is not a single member of our defense, starting or even second string, that is NOT a hard hitter or a sure tackler. When these guys hit you, you do one of two things. You either go down right away, or you fall backwards. 

So I am not afraid of anyone's offense.

But they ALL should live in absolute waking fear of our boys

And to add to the disadvantage for Florida, two of their starting defensive linemen have been hurt in practice this week. Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd are banged up, and at least one may not play. Also, starting cornerback Jeremy Floyd will not play in this game, due to injury

Charlie Weis stated this week that he plans to throw the kitchen sink at Alabama's defense. Hopefully for the Gators, they can CATCH the kitchen sink when they throw it

Tim Tebow ain't walking through that door

Alabama 27
Florida 13

Oh, and just for laughs...

Alabama Football News And Notes (Week 5)

My weekly links to different stories and articles to get you caught up and ready for this week's game.


Gators Sports: Easley, Floyd banged up for the Gators Two of Florida's starting defensive linemen could be out of the lineup against Bama

Gators Sports: Charlie Weis says he will throw the kitchen sink at Bama Hopefully for the Gators, they can CATCH the kitchen sink when they throw it



Alabama September Report Very in depth look at Alabama's season so far, statistically

Unit Efficiency: Arkansas Game Awesome analysis from Matt Dover

Richardson and Jones earn Player Of The Week honors

Harvey Updyke apologizes to Auburn I don't really care, but maybe you do

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Post Game Links And News (Alabama vs Arkansas)


I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of our boys after that game today (or yesterday, or Saturday, depending upon when you're reading this). We took it TO Arkansas, and whipped their ass...like we always do really...But I was very nervous heading into this game. Here, I have compiled all the links to all the stories and articles I could find about the game. I will continue to do this for the rest of the season. I will also be posting nightly with links from the day. Seems like a good thing to do. It will keep everyone as up to date as possible and will create one place where everyone can go to read all the Bama news and information they would ever want to know about. That is my goal right now with this blog: to create ONE PLACE for ALL news related to Alabama Football. If you want to read about everything Bama the internet has to offer, you can come here and know that I will be posting more than enough for you to stay up to date on your favorite team.

ROLL TIDE







TideSports







USA Today




ESPN



CBS Sports




Capstone Report



Washington Post



ISportsWeb



Bleacher Report






RollTide.com


Friday, September 23, 2011

Alabama Football News And Notes (Week 4)

I figured I would start a series where I post links and different random things, ALL ALABAMA, for everyone to catch up with all that is going on with The Tide

TideSports: Saban Sees Improved Hogs Defense

TideSports: Four Downs And They Said It

TideSports: Tight Ends Getting It Done

Inside The Tunnel: Arkansas This is usually a premium article on TideSports but they made it free this week, so I figured I would share it with you

WR Amari Cooper Commits to Bama

Inside Look At Saban's Defense

Duron Carter Will Miss The Entire Season

Scarbinsky: Nick Saban Has To Be In Bobby Petrino's Head

Izzy Gould: Covering Alabama Has Made Me Stronger

McCarron Carries Dad's Loving Words

Razorback Report

Is Bobby Petrino Overrated?

Coach Saban Sees You When You Leave Early This is why I love that man

Scout.com Preview Arkansas and Alabama

Alabama vs. Arkansas: The Trendsetter Rivalry

Big plays have helped Alabama against Arkansas

RollBamaRoll: Arkansas Showdown Brings Championship Implications

Alabama has won 19 consecutive SEC openers. More tidbits and notes HERE

The Week That Was And Will Be (Week 4)

The Week That Was

I continue to dominate in my picking of winners and losers as I went  8-2 last week. Kentucky let me down in losing to Lousville. Auburn made my freaking MONTH by making me the happiest I've been to be wrong in a long time. My superstitions are well documented when it comes to making guarantees and I once again proved how things work by spending all week telling everyone that Clemson had no chance. Hell yes

Quickly becoming one of my favorite coaches, Vandy's James Franklin got the 'Dores off to a 3-0 start by absolutely dominating the terrible Rebels of Ole Miss. He is the first Vanderbilt head coach to start his career off 3-0 in almost 70 years. They are probably STILL going to end up losing 6 or 7 games, but it was fun while it lasted

My prediction for the Tennessee-Florida game was that the Gators would win 34-20. That was incredibly close to the actual 33-23 score that really wasn't as close at the score would indicate. Either the Vols are still a long way off, or Florida is alot better than people want to admit. I think it's in the middle somewhere

The Alabama game against North Texas went pretty much as planned. But for the first time in Alabama Football history, two running backs ran for over 150 yards each in the same game. Eddie and Trent both went over 160. Though, the numbers are a bit deceiving when you consider that they each had a couple of runs that went for over 50 apiece, Trent having one that went 71 yards. Safe to say, our interior line still isn't blowing people off the ball and I'm going to just blame that on all the experimentation and moving players around alot. We will see this week against Arkansas if there is really anything to worry about

Troy actually managed to do what I was hoping they would and scare Arkansas a bit. The Trojans scored 28 points against the piggies, so there's that.

Ohio State is nothing short of a disaster. Their QB only completed 2 passes in the entire game. Or was it 4? Hell, who cares? He completed more passes to players on the sidelines and fans in the stands than to his own teammates. Getting blown out by Miami with many big teams like Wisconsin still on the schedule does not bode well for the Suckeyes. Is it possible they could lose to Michigan this year? That hasn't happened since Woody Hayes was the coach has it? It doesn't seem like it anyways. They do get a couple of important players back from suspension this week, so maybe it won't be so bad

I expected Oklahoma to beat FSU, which they did, but man it pissed me off. Florida State HAD it right there at the end and couldn't hang on. Now the Sooners probably only have Oklahoma St standing in the way of a inevitable undefeated season. Maybe Texas will put up a fight. But again, to Hell with Texas. Why am I even talking about Texas?

Notre Dame got their first win under their belt, and as much as I hate to say it, in about 6 or 7 weeks we will probably be looking at the Irish alot differently than we are now. I think they are a good team and they will continue to improve

The Week That Will Be

This isn't really all that interesting a week for me, other than the Alabama-Arkansas game of course. I might have a hard time coming up with 10 games to pick. I think I'm gonna stick with 10 as my number for that

1. Michigan starts the day off at 11 am, hosting San Diego State. Michigan Coach Brady Hoke was previously at SDSU before he went to Ann Arbor. Alot of people are calling this game as an upset win for SDSU. The Aztecs have started off 3-0 for the first time in 30 years, and their QB Ryan Lindley is legit. And running back Ronnie Hillman is leading the nation, along with Trent Richardson, with 8 rushing touchdowns.

Other than that, though, I don't see SDSU beating Michigan. Michigan has won 11 straight non conference games and they should make it 12. It will be a fight though. 32-23 Michigan

2. Notre Dame and Pittsburgh also kickoff at 11 and as per usual, I will be rooting against the Irish. I have a slightly person reason to favor Pitt. Their QB, Tino Sunseri, is the son of Alabama Linebackers Coach Sal Sunseri, and the brother of Alabama freshman head hunter Vinnie. Roll Tino. I like the Panthers here, 41-31

3. Georgia is going to make a statement against Ole Miss. But really, just about anyone could right now. The Rebels appear to be the worst team in the SEC this year. Isaiah Crowell should run all over them and it really shouldn't be close. Only Georgia could screw this up. But they won't. They will win big, 42-16

4. Arkansas and Alabama. Alabama and Arkansas. God, I love this game. Every year it is something else. in 2008, a dirty play tore an ACL for Dont'a Hightower. I'm sure he will be ready for this game now that he is back to full strength as one of the best LBs in America. 2009 was Ryan Mallet's first game against us. He was quite awesome only completing 7 or 8 passes in a 35-7 whipping. Last year, he and everyone else associated with that place spent as much of their time as possible leading up to the game talking about how this was the day that they showed that they were legit. This was when they were going to BEAT Alabama. And then they lost. At home. To an Alabama team with a brand new secondary, in it's first true test on the road. After having a 20-7 lead. Again, AT HOME. Other than the big lead they jumped out to when they surprised our young secondary with a few big plays, what at ALL have they done against Alabama since 2007? They have scored, 14, 7, and 20 points in the last 3 games. And this year, they have two true freshman on the offensive line, a new quarterback, and they are playing with their 3rd string running back, Ronnie Wingo, after Knile Davis and Broderick Green have both gone down. Oh, and their best defensive player, Jake Bequette, was hurt today and won't play in the game either. If Alabama can gain any amount of momentum, or just remain as mistake free as possible, this game shouldn't be that tough. If Alabama jumps out to an early 10 or 14 point lead, you can bet on them more than covering the 13 point spread. Just being completely objective and honest, Arkansas really shouldn't stay in this game for very long. But as an Alabama fan who is always nervous and terrified as hell going into big games like this, I am expecting a close scary game. I'll pick somewhere in the middle of the two possibilities I have talked about. I think Alabama wins either way, but I'll pick the score to be 27-17. Including at least one heart attack for yours truly

And if you want to read some more of my thoughts about Arkansas in general, including a story of how I reacted after watching Alabama LOSE to them in 2006 CLICK HERE

5. Florida State and Clemson. I am still so happy with what Dabo Swinney was able to pull off last week, and it would be great if some of that momentum could carry over to this week. But I don't think it will. The Seminoles feel like they should've beaten the number one team in the country last week. I think they gave OU their best shot. This week, their best shot won't be necessary, but I think they will look to rebound. Clemson will still be hungover from that big win last week. FSU win 30-20

6. Auburn and Florida Atlantic. OK, Auburn. Here is your chance. FAU is the WORST TEAM IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL. They have scored 3 points this year. Total. They are 120th in the country out of 120 teams in total offense, averaging less than 100 yards a game. It's pretty ridiculous.

But Auburn ranks 117th in the country in total defense after allowing over 1,600 yards and 110 points in their first 3 games. So something has to give and which will it be? Will FAU's offense be able to move the ball down the field and score some points now that they will be playing against one of the worst defenses they will face? Or will Auburn's defense be able to play well and shut down a crappy weak offense? We will see. Auburn has nothing to worry about in this game as far as winning and losing, but I will say that if Auburn allows FAU to score 14 points or more, then they are probably worse than even I think. I'm gonna say they score at least one touchdown against AU and a field goal. AU's offense will have a field day, and Mike Dyer will again show why they coaches should just hand him the ball 40 times a game. Auburn wins, 51-10

7. Florida and Kentucky. Kentucky has been putrid thus far, and Florida has looked pretty good. Shouldn't be too difficult for Boom Muschamp to win this game. Maybe they will be looking forward to next week's game against Alabama. It wouldn't matter either way. 35-6 Florida

8. LSU plays West Virginia in a game that is being overhyped as hell. The game is in Morgantown, but that is really the only advantage that the Mountaineers have. LSU has the best defensive line in the country, and they will be all over quarterback Geno Smith. Smith is good, but he won't be on this day. I think LSU wipes the floor with them. 40-13

9. Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. The Aggies have been all over the news with the whole expansion talk, but I think Okie State is for real. Their QB, Brandon Weeden, is 28 years old and they have the best WR in the country in Justin Blackmon. This should be a very entertaining game, but I am picking the Cowboys 45-35

10. USC and Arizona St. As much as I have disliked USC over the years, it seems almost historically incorrect that the first year there will be a championship game in the Pac-whatever Conference, USC wouldn't be allowed to play in it. I think Matt Barkley is one of the top 5 QBs in the game and they have several really good young players that could lead them to alot of irrelevant wins this year, including this one, 31-20

Random SEC News And Notes

South Carolina Gets Notice Of Allegations from the NCAA on Monday. It looks pretty serious, but with the joke that is the NCAA, you can never be sure of what's going to happen.

Vanderbilt has intercepted 10 passes so far this year. That's crazy for only 3 games. They would be on pace for 40 if they kept that up over a 12 game schedule. To put that in perspective, Alabama led the SEC last year with 22, in 13 games.

Auburn is looking to turn Mike Dyer loose. Which is only logical. The dude is a beast

Arkansas's best defensive player, Jake Bequette, has a hamstring injury that will keep him out of the Alabama game

Jay Jacobs continues to blame Tommy Tuberville for anything he can. SEE HERE

Witnesses testify before a grand jury in the case of the bar fight involving Jordan Jefferson and other LSU players

Derek Dooley not a fan of expansion

Cool story about Florida DT Dominique Easley "dancing" his way to a good start

If you want some links to random news and notes click the link below:
ALABAMA FOOTBALL NEWS AND NOTES

Arkansas: Some Thoughts

God. The Arkansas game is finally here. Each year, from January to September I look forward to this game. This is always the first SEC game of the year for us and sets the tone for our season. All you have to do is look back to 2006 to see what can happen to an Alabama football season when it starts off by losing to the Hogs.

Did I just mention 2006? OK. Well, I guess this is where I tell the story of that day for me and how it was the second worst day in my life of being an Alabama fan. (The 2010 Iron Bowl was the worst)

I watched the game at a friend's house 20 miles from where I lived at the time. Much alcohol was consumed. Much more with each miss of a field goal or extra point by the leg of then freshman kicker Leigh Tiffin. Leigh would go on to become an All American for us, but this was his first major test and Shula did him no favors, putting him out there like that time and time again. Anyway, this is not going to digress into a rant about Shula. That could be really ugly.

Anyway, when the game was over...and I don't even remember what time it was during the day, but I was single at the time, and the way I handled an Alabama loss at the time was to pretty much just go home and go to bed. But anway, when the game was over, I went to leave my friend's house. I was extremely inebriated. This was the first time I had ever been to his house so I wasn't accustomed to the 12 inch drop from the living room floor to the porch. I was drunk. It was raining like all hell outside. And I was drunk. My friend had a porcelain frog on his porch. The thing was really pretty big. And being drunk, I misjudged the step, fell onto the frog, knee first, busting up my knee pretty badly

I laid there on my friend's porch for several minutes. In the rain. Bleeding. Drunk. And crying like a child. And Bama had just lost in ridiculous fashion. To a team who should never have the right to beat us

We can not win enough consecutive games against them to make up for that day, for me.

Arkansas fans kill me. Every year, they enter the season talking shit like they are the New England Patriots or something. Every year, they say this is the year that they beat Bama and contend. This is THE YEAR. And every year since Saban has taken over in Tuscaloosa, we have made them look foolish.

But that's the fun part. If you don't acknowledge reality, then you aren't bound by it's ramifications. And Arkansas fans clearly don't own up to any truth, as it relates to their team and it's place in the college football world

Arkansas is NOT an elite football program. Not in the SEC. Or anywhere else. They are NOT championship contenders

They never have been, and they never will be

But they believe they are. They think they are better than everyone else and they have absolutely no reason to think that. It's pretty comical to me

One quick serious note. If you want to really REALLY get mad at an Arkansas fan, go LOOK AT THIS.

Unbelievable