Sunday, September 16, 2007

Lady Luck Finally on Bama's Side

I do not know if I have ever seen Alabama put 41 points on the board against a ranked team. Additionally, it has been a long time since they have had their own fourth quarter comeback. For the first time in a long time, Lady Luck stood on the Alabama sidelines. I guess she finally grew a little bored after many years of hanging out with intrastate rival, Auburn. Sorry Auburn fans, I had to throw that in there for you.

Good teams cash in on the opponent's turnovers. Alabama did that in the first quarter to get off to a quick start and then Arkansas did the same in the second half to get back in the game. Arkansas'Darren McFadden ran the ball down the Tide's throats and showed why he is a Heisman candidate, while Alabama's young quarterback, John Parker Wilson, had a stellar night of his own.

This year's Arkansas-Alabama game was as exciting as the ones before it and, like so many others, went down to the wire. Houston Nutt made the necessary adjustments throughout the game to keep his players in the game and, in my opinion, probably out-coached Saban. However, Saban has spoken so many times of "the process" and it was his "process" that allowed the boys in the crimson jerseys to believe in themselves and to avoid caving in after getting behind in the fourth quarter.

Last night's game allowed Alabama fans to see the best and the worst of their team. As a fan, I was excited and disappointed at the same time. Weird.



I was surprised to see how many passing yards to running yards 'bama had. Not like the old days.


OK, my top 5 (in order):

1) USC- NO doubts about it.

2) Oklahoma- As much as I hate this school, they are playing on all 8 cylinders. Of course, it never hurts to run up the score a bit, but they are big, fast & strong at every position on the field. Add to that a weak conference and they are pretty much assured of a 12-0 season.

3) Florida- Speed, speed & speed. Oh yeah, they can really play football as well.

4) LSU- Not really a "dynamic" team yet. I'll withold my judgment until they play a real team.

5) Cal- To me, there's the top 4, then a huge canyon and then the next 6 teams or so. Cal may be the best of those 'others'.

431cruiser said...

Yes, the passing yards was a big surprise. You could tell in their first drive that passing was going to be on the menu tonight, and that made me feel good because I knew that the coaches actually had a plan coming into the game. This is something that we are not used to. It was like they came in expecting Arkansas to key on Grant, so the coaches decided to be a passing team for this game. They were prepared for this, and it makes me happy after waiting for some positive things for so many years!

I like your top 4. I put USC back at the top after the game with Nebraska. After watching Florida take Tennessee apart, I realized that they are pretty awesome, too.