Breaking Down the Alabama Defense

ESPN.com does a great job of breaking down the numbers on the Alabama defense and makes the case that this could be one of the best in college football history.

Win two more games and they can argue their case.  Lose one of the next two and it won’t matter.

Biggest Play of the Nick Saban Era at Alabama?

There have been lots of big plays in the Nick Saban era at Alabama, but perhaps none as big as Eryk Anders’ sack of Garrett Gilbert in the 2010 Rose Bowl.  That win capped an undefeated season for the Tide and secured Saban’s first title at Alabama and the school’s 13th overall.

Alabama knocked Texas quarterback Colt McCoy out of the contest early and built a big lead.  But true freshman Gilbert led a second half comeback and the Longhorns were only down three and had momentum and the football late in the fourth quarter.  That’s when Anders showed up huge, knocking the ball free from Gilbert and setting up a recovery by Courtney Upshaw.

Alabama 48 Ole Miss 43

After you lose twice in a row to a team like Ole Miss, you tend to not like that team very much and you don’t want to lose a third in a row to them.

Thankfully, Alabama put an end to the Rebels’ two-game win streak by delivering a 48-43 win last Saturday.

Overall, this game did not include my best performance as a fan.  Down 24-3 in the first half, things were looking bleak.  And then the referees stepped in the spotlight.  The play below where an Ole Miss defender ear-holes Bama quarterback Jalen Hurts highlights the ineptitude of this crew.

As is obvious from the clip, the Rebel defender “targeted” Hurts.  A penalty should have been called, the defensive player should have been ejected and Alabama should have proceeded along with their drive.  But nope.  The refs didn’t see it.  They also missed a holding foul that occurred prior to the touchdown being scored — which should have also ended the play — and they the crew failed to clean up the mess via replay.  Ah, life at the hands of referees.

Thankfully, though, this series of unfortunate events seemed to bring life back to our boys.  They proceeded to go on a 45-6 scoring binge before allowing a few points during Ole Miss’ futile comeback attempt.

Friday Picture: Roll Tide

img_1491This picture was taken before last Saturday’s game between Alabama and Western Kentucky.  The Tide won this tilt 38-10 in very un-fall-like weather that felt like 97 degrees to the average fan, but probably felt like 130 to the players.


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