It won't happen unless they find a way to win some on the road. The losses have not been horrible: double overtime loss at Florida, two point loss at Penn State, and a close but failed comeback at Kentucky. I don't know what happened at Rhode Island but, hey, Duke lost at home to Stephen F Austin (Alabama beat them) and Kentucky did the same against Evansville so even the elite teams have bad losses this season. Going 1-2 in the Bahamas didn't help, though I suspect the metrics will respect the loss to a healthy North Carolina team as opposed to what they are now. Bama needed to beat Iowa State but the defense, like it's done a few times this season, failed to show up. Despite all of that, the improvements are noticable. Turnovers have decreased. They averaged 18 in November, 15 in December, and 10 so far in January. They rebound the ball well, minus the NC game, and have a +8 advantage on the entire season. The offense is lethal if they can overcome press defenses. If the defense can improve, and a few bench players become more consistent, they'll be a tough out for every team on the schedule, including Auburn. I'm excited by what Oats is doing in Tuscaloosa. This season might not end in the Big Dance but with experience coming back next season, and the addition of a couple players who were forced to sit out this season, next year's team should end up as one of the SEC's top teams and go dancing in March. Roll Tide!
Only issue I have with Ty is the time it takes for him to get the point off. (And, of course, the debacle in the LSU game.) I'm not sure why he didn't play in the bowl game. If it wasn't an injury, and he played in six games so a redshirt wasn't an option, my guess is Saban was concerned about Michigan coming after him because of that slow get off. Beriner had a great bowl game though. A 42.3 average with 4 downed inside the 20 and two inside the 5.
I'm inclined to agree. I expect they'll all receive plenty of playing time, at least earlier in the season while McMillon and Moses are getting reacclimated to the game. Rust will be a factor after an entire season off the field. Whatever happens, it's nice to see experienced depth at a position that's been thoroughly void of depth for a couple of seasons now.
Nothing to see here: Odell Beckham Jr. handing out wads of cash to LSU players following title game win
Right. Cause Georgia's recent string of 5* commitments has been entirely based on their on field success. Alabama, with its storied tradition of national championships and unparalleled winning percentage this past decade, has to pay its players but Georgia's rich history of falling short on the big stage is enough to attract big-time commits. Sure. Let's go with that "flawless" logic.
Tua** not That. As many times I have had to change it, you'd think my phone would understand I never mean That.
It's been a game time decision every time he has been asked. I wonder what'll be tomorrow's answer? I bet he tells us That is 100% and playing. That fits the pattern.
I'm not sure how this writer inferred what he did from the quote in that link. No mention of Gus. No mention of a situation being mishandled.
"...walked through a game with the energy of an intern getting another round of coffees." Leave Butch alone!
Couldn't Florida have stopped Georgia from scoring after that terrible call? It wasn't a TD so regardless of the call, Florida could've stopped them and didn't. That's not on the refs.
What success did he have at SMU? His best season ended with a 7-5 record and .500 in conference play. He ended with a record of 14-22 and 8-16 in the conference. Yes, he increased the win total those three seasons but that's it. That was his head coaching career before Arky scooped him up. Three seasons increasing win totals by 3 and 2 wins in a Group of 5 conference should not have been enough to prove he could win with consistency in the SEC. He was the wrong choice then and continues to be the wrong choice. If it looked like Arky was improving, even with the same W-L record, I could understand justifying the hire. But there isn't improvement from last year. Arky is still being blown out by SEC teams and losing to G5 teams with far less talent. Arky might not ever be a top their SEC team but y'all shouldn't be worse than Vandy either. So why would you want one more year when he's not proven that he can improve the team from one season to the next? Do you really want another 9 or 10 loss season?
Your comment about Bama's SOS is clouded by rankings. Georgia's average offensive opponent is 69th in total offense. Bama's is 60th. Georgia's average defensive opponent is 79th in total defense. Bama's is 73rd. Those schedules are fairly even when you look at the things that actually matter and not some arbitrary rankings. Against those averages of opponents, Bama is #2 in scoring offense with 49 ppg. Georgia is #24 with 36 ppg. Georgia is #5 is scoring defense with 10 ppg. Bama is #10 with 15 ppg. What those numbers tell me is that Bama's offense is far above Georgia's offense while playing better defenses. And Bama's defense is on par with Georgia's while playing better offenses. I do think they matchup pretty well but Georgia's defense isn't any better than Bama's but Bama's offense is more productive than Georgia's. But mostly, the schedules are fairly even so knocking Bama's is the same as knocking Georgia's.
SC didn't lose to Vandy.
This year's defense is far better than last year's. Terrell Lewis is finally healthy. As is Trevon Diggs. Mack Wilson and Savion Smith's apathy are gone. People are too focused on the yardage given up in the earlier season games. And the scores given up during garbage time. Despite all of that, they're 3rd in the SEC in total defense and 10th in the country in scoring defense. Both are above Auburn and their consistently praised defense. And all while starting more TF than any other team in the country. Lastly, this defense is causing havoc unlike any other team in the SEC. When your offense rarely turns the ball over and your defense is averaging nearly two turnovers per game, leading all of FBS with a TO margin of +13, I'd say their doing something right.
CFB Insider: Would Tua sit out non-Playoff bowl game? Gatewood’s next stop … and Vandy’s next coach?
That depends on if he believes the bowl to be meaningless. It used to be going to the Sugar, Rose, Orange, etc. bowls meant something. It seems the playoffs have lessened those bowls, and that's a terrible thing for this sport. And also something Saban has voiced concerns about numerous times. I don't think Tua would find getting one last W with the guys he has played football with the past three years, meaningless. If that decision were made, it would involve his parents and Saban, and both have put more emphasis on the team party of football compared to the individuals themselves.
HOW DARE YO--ok, you might be right.
It's like watching Rice vs UMass. Someone has to win but no one really does.
I don't think the defense is as spotty as last year's. There were problems (Savion Smith comes to mind) last year that Tua helped to mask with the offensive output. This year's defense has been a work in progress that has improved each game and clamped down when needed. Earlier in the season the defense played without much pressure and the freshmen were thrown into the proverbial fire. And they gave up yards and points but not when it mattered. But it helped. They got more reps. I think in a three game swing, they played 76, 88, & 70 snaps on defense. That's a ton of reps and exactly what they needed. Saban made a point of saying the only way for them to get better is real game reps, not practice reps. I wouldn't be surprised a bit if that was the game plan all along against those teams. Now we're looking at a defense that's Top 10 in scoring, Top 20 (and 3rd in the SEC) in total defense, and #2 among Power 5 teams in turnovers gained. For all the criticism and yards gained by opposing teams, those are the elite #s we've become accustomed to with a Saban coached defense. LSU will be a challenge but this defense seems more prepared than last year's to create havoc for opposing offenses. Clean up the penalties, and it might be Saban's best coaching job of his career, on the defensive side at least.
Alabama basketball season preview: New coach, new direction, same challenge: Is Alabama finally serious about hoops?
Well the last time someone promised to "drain the swamp", they quickly filled it with even more vile creatures than were already populating said swamp, so maybe not the best reference. But there does seem to be an excitement among Bama hoops fans for this season. I expect it'll only increase if Quinerly wins his appeal, which Oats seems to have full confidence he will. All I know is, I'm not "buckling up" for anything.
I didn't understand that either. Bama has, in the past, faced six teams coming off a bye in one season. They've faced four teams a couple of seasons. But, for the most part, have taken a bye the last weekend in October ("conveniently" the week before LSU) during the Saban era. So I'm not sure why he put it the way he did.
Except Bama proved that's not true in 2017. And people can get all up in arms about them getting in that year but they did the same thing Georgia did that season and lost to Auburn. Georgia simply got a mulligan for being in a different, and far less competitive, division.
LSU would probably fall to five with a loss but they'd move up once Penn State and OSU play one another, and I believe they'd stay in the Top 4. LSU has a better shot to get in the playoff with one loss and no SEC championship than Bama does with that same scenario. And that's because of the resume. If Bama wins, then goes on to win the SECCG, and LSU wins out, they're both in. I don't think it would be the same if LSU beats Bama.
They finally put the correct team #1. Now let the rat poison commence.
Like Florida vs Vandy, I guess, huh?
I'm looking for the gauntlet on Florida's schedule. Y'all played Auburn, at home. Bama plays them too, at Auburn. Y'all played SC at SC. So did Bama, and it was not at all a 4th quarter game. Y'all played LSU, at LSU. Bama plays LSU at home, so score one for y'all. Miami and Duke is a wash, considering how those teams are playing. And Georgia isn't the behemoth they believe themselves to be, so, how's that schedule much better? Alabama still has a tougher schedule than Clemson and OU, which will give them room for a loss, especially if it's against #1 LSU. Instead of being a Bama-hating troll, maybe try focusing on Florida and it's actual rivals.
He did. He got Bryce Young. A 5* QB who just out-dueled the #1 QB recruit for 2020. He's having a fantastic senior year against some of the best high school teams in the nation. So yeah, Saban did keep recruiting considering how well he's doing it.
Maybe you missed the point. The Alabama/LSU game is the defacto SECCG. Also, I don't understand your hate towards Bama on every article. We're not really rivals. Opponents every now and then but not rivals.
That Tennessee game might prove to be a turning point. They played like they had something to prove tonight. I do take it with a grain of salt since, after all, it was Arkansas. Defense still gives up yards but they create havoc, force turnovers, and still keep teams out of the endzone when it matters. Time to heal up and get ready for the SECCG... I mean the LSU game. Roll Tide!
Please no to McElroy. Analysts should absolutely be impartial. But McElroy goes out of his way to prove he is impartial when it comes to Alabama. And in doing so, becomes partial to everyone not named Alabama.
LSU should already be #1. A win over Auburn will only solidify that argument. The CFP Committee will have them #1 when those rankings come out Nov. 5th so we should all keep calm until then. But I will, of course, disagree with the "best team and best quarterback" part. I guess we're not going to talk about Bama's defensive improvement either. Or that they allow less points than both Auburn & LSU. And points, not yards, is what actually matters. Lewis and Jennings are finally being allowed to do what they do best. And Lewis, after being used seldomly in September, still leads the SEC in sacks and is 12th in the country as well. Again, that's after playing limited time in September. I never expected this particular writer to acknowledge that but it doesn't make any of it less true. Or maybe he's just trying to avoid a Saban a** chewing for putting out rat poison, Idk.
Y'all been on that tour for eight years now. Life on the road is tough and I'm sure your families miss you.