Our OL was not good last year. But we also had multiple starters out in the spring game, so that was a patchwork OL trying to block Will Anderson and Dallas Turner and Chris Braswell and...
Alabama has lost the College Football Playoff national championship game twice, against Clemson in 2016 and last year. The Crimson Tide have won the CFP in 2015, 2017 and 2020. We also lost the title game after the 2018 season. We’ve lost more NCGs in the last 6 years than most teams have national titles.
This is a nitpick considering how much talent and experience is everywhere on this defense. The middle can be “good enough” and we’ll be fine. If one of them wants to step up big then great.
Will Anderson wasn't up for at least one LB-only award last year because they considered him a DE. His official position is OLB, but he's up on the line and often hand-in-dirt a lot, and so is Turner. I think GT8 was separating Edge Rushers from Linebackers and limiting the latter to just inside/middle LBs.
If it's not Mac, it could end up Najee Harris, considering how much of their offense is all Najee.
Before Saban: 1 national title, 7 SEC titles (1933-1999, avg about 1 every 9-10 seasons). With/after Saban: 3 national titles, 5 SEC titles (2000-2020, avg about 1 every 4 seasons). Are you genuinely going to tell me that LSU before Saban and after Saban are the same?
"OK, a win against ULM looks like a pretty good bet." *Laughs in Troy Trojan*
No he's not, because we're talking about ranking teams in 2021, and JT Daniels is 3-0 this year. Daniels: 54/71, 76.1%, 8.0 yds/att (total yards irrelevant re: # of games played), 5 TD, 2 INT, 160.75 rating, 189 yds/game. Also that's 1.67 TD/game. Young: 108/148, 73.0%, 9.2 yds/att, 17 TD, 2 INT, 185.75 rating, 273.4 yds/game. That's 3.4 TD/game. In what world does having over a yard more per attempt, over 3x TDs w/ same INTs, 1.4x the yards/game, over twice the TDs/game, not considered "significantly better"? I think Daniels is a good QB, but Bryce is absolutely playing better right now, and the numbers bear that out.
"but Alabama’s recruiting helped a lot to bring him the success he’s had." First, Nick Saban IS that recruiting; Alabama didn't recruit at this level before. Second, recruiting is as much a part of being a CFB HC as any other skill, so I don't know why that wouldn't be another reason why he's the GOAT.
"Fans should hope Young doesn’t play at all in the second half." I think I want to see him (and the rest of the starting offense) play the first series of the second half as a situational rep. This offense (players and coaches) has, as a unit, exactly one (1) "first drive of the second half" rep under their belt, and they should get another one before heading to Gainesville.
This is a nice thing to do by CBS. But it's also playing with house money in terms of viewership numbers. Kind of a no-brainer to add Alabama to this game's market.
Y'all. It's a formula, which includes college production and awards, as well as draft position and the first 5 years of NFL production (to account for development in college). It also, critically, starts in 1998 (BCS era start) for the data used for the formula (even though the Mt. Rushmore players can be pre-1998). So that's why most of your list of great UGA RBs doesn't count. Only Gurley and Chubb count from your list, and let's be honest here: while Gurley and Chubb had good college careers, and both have been good enough in the NFL, they've not been good enough to put them over the comparable or better Alabama RBs from the same time period. Alexander, Ingram, and Henry are all better when adding up CFB+NFL. It's a formula, one with a modern time period on it, and in that formula UGA finishes 9th. You've just not had a lot of RBs that have been that kind of successful in college and/or the NFL since 1998, and definitely not as many as Alabama (or, apparently, 7 other schools in front of you).
Disagree. Tim Smith is (or will be) that standout player.
Martin: Walk-on (probably auditioning for a scholarship). Johnson: Walk-on Perine: Walk-on Scott: Granted leave by Air Force to transfer to Alabama for grad school, probably not returning for 2021. So Burnip would make 1 and only scholarship punter. The only specialist we have on scholarship right now is Will Reichard; the rest are all walk-ons (AFAIK, YMMV, etc.)
This is probably a matter of roster/marker management. Note that he said he'd be starting at Ole Miss in spring of '22, which means he'd be a Grayshirt (no scholarship until spring '22 semester) and count against the class of '22 instead of '21. In contrast, Alabama is offering him the opportunity to be on scholarship this fall. And, all respect to Ole Miss, it's Alabama.
" Harris touched the ball 719 times at Alabama and lost only one fumble during his four seasons with the Crimson Tide. " The refs caused that fumble @ Ole Miss. I had time to go pee and get a snack while his forward progress was stopped before the Ole Miss players managed to strip that ball out. Utter BS, and I really hate it for Najee not to have that perfect official record. Discerning fans will know better though.
Even if there are more Bama busts, that still means that you're still more likely to get a shot in the first place by going to Bama. What you do with that shot is not up to Bama, it's up to you, but Bama will help you get that shot as well as or better than any other program.
Metchie was starting game 1 as WR3 behind Smitty and Waddle. The starter to replace Waddle was Slade Bolden.
I didn't read most of that. I just want to respond to one part: "Yet where Saban ranks with 1 commit without a ranking. Tells me he is not actively recruiting the 2022 CLASS himself personally too much!!!! Also the fact that Saban just let Sark go so easily without trying to keep him at any cost. That tells me something." In March of 2020, Alabama had one (1) commit in the 2021 class, a 4/5-star linebacker named Deontae Lawson. In February of 2021, Alabama now has the single greatest recruiting class in the history of the 247 Composite, with 7 Composite 5-star recruits (including 3 of the top 10, more than any other school unless JTT goes to tOSU). So yeah, I trust The Man to continue to be The Man. I don't expect another "Best Class Ever" in 2022, but I'm betting it'll still be a top-5 or better class. I see no reason to doubt that given that 9 of the last 11 #1 classes have been Alabama.
Dear Bryan Kelly: Notre Dame didn't slow down Alabama's offense; Nick Saban slowed down Alabama's offense when he realized your offense would never be able to keep up.
Comparing Golding to previous Alabama DCs is a bad idea. Smart: How much of the defense was Smart at the beginning of his tenure? By the time he was in peak form in '15 he'd coached through 3 national-title winning seasons, plus three more double-digit-win seasons. Pruitt: Was the DC for a title at FSU, and the DC at a big program (UGA) for two years. And, he'd also worked for Saban before. Golding: This is his first FBS DC job. He's at a totally different point in his career.
All respect to Florida's offense; it's very good, easily the 2nd-best in the SEC IMO. However, Alabama's defense is as good as or better than the defenses you've already seen. So if we can hold you to approx. 2/3 of your average output in points, that puts you at about 28 points. Bama's allowing 18.5 PPG (down to 14 if you take out the Ole Miss game). However, your defense is giving up 26 points/game right now. You gave up 35+ 3 times, and 40+ once. It's hard for me to imagine Alabama not scoring at least 40, and probably more, in this game. My guess is that it'll be something like 45-24 or 52-31, and that it won't feel any kind of close after the 1st quarter (something like 35-14 at the half). UF hasn't shown anywhere near the defense needed to slow down this offense, whereas Bama's defense looks much improved. The gap between the offenses is fairly small, though I believe Bama still has more weapons than UF in total. The gap between the defenses, however, is pretty significant, and that'll make the difference in the game.
We have no real data on Pete Golding as an Alabama DC. All we know is that everywhere he's been the defense has shown improvement, sometimes drastically. And last year was about as good as it could be considering that there were 4 true freshmen starting in the front-7 (including the Mike LB spot, the most important on the defense), which was the first time more than 1 TF started in Saban's Alabama defense ever. Could Pruitt or Smart have done better? Maybe, but not by much, IMO. This year is a contract year for Golding and I think we'll see a lot of improvement.
All respect to UGA, who might have the best defense in the country right now, but you're going to have to look really, really good on offense the first few weeks in order for me to believe you're going to come in to Tuscaloosa and beat this Alabama team. Our defense will be right there with yours, but our offense will be much further ahead. Anything can happen, but I wasn't terribly worried about UGA's offense *before* your best QB took the 1st-team snaps for most of camp then opted out of the season.
I think that Alabama is considered to have an overall weaker schedule this year than in 2017, and to have more questions on defense. Plus this LSU game is at home, and 2017 was at Auburn, and Auburn was probably better than their final record that year (like legit might've had a case as a 2-loss SEC champ getting into the playoffs).
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OJ Howard (1st round) and Irv Smith Jr. (2nd Round) would like to have a word with you.
"besides Ole Miss’ defense, which really is of secondary concern …)" LOL. Well-played.
And Jake had Calvin Ridley, Ar'Darius Stewart, and OJ Howard to catch passes for him. Jake also had a big and fairly-accurate arm, was a good decision-maker, and a tough (though not elite) runner/scrambler when he had to be. Go look at that scramble play in the Iron Bowl that year, or a couple of times where he would lower his head and hit somebody instead of slide. He wasn't a "dual-threat" QB but he wasn't a statue either. And at the end of the day, being a good passer is more important so you can get the ball to the playmakers. All respect and love to Jalen, but we saw how having an elite runner but average (at best) passer at QB worked out for us when it really mattered.