Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Is Alabama Beatable?


Nick Satan, er, Saban has honed the 2009 edition of the Crimson Tide into a sleek, powerful gridiron machine. Led by running backs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, they run well; led by quarterback Greg McElroy they pass well. And let's not even talk about the defense, who limits oppenents to around 15 points a game, with arguably the fastest front four in the SEC.
Is Bama, who has yet to even trail this season, even beatable?
The Tide has shown signs of waywardness but not weakness.
Ingram, the featured back season after Glen Coffee bolted to the League, is the cog that makes the offensive engine go: He churned out 150 yards against a stout Virginia Tech defense in the season opener and has been one tackle from glory several times.
Junior quarterback McElroy has thrown only one pick this season and is in the game-manager mode rather than gunslinger. But when he has to go deep he has, arguably, the best receiver in the SEC at his disposal, Julio Jones.
Jones, who has been slowed by injury this season -- he has just one touchdown and 9 receptions -- has drew a constant doubleteam from opposing defenses after lofty expectations from 2008.
If the Tide has a weakness it will probably be their inability to get the ball to Jones. The flip side of that issue is that they seldom have needed to, especially with the emergence of tight end Colin Peek.
Bama still faces the teeth of their schedule with this week's showdown with Ole Miss, but they look better than No. 2 Texas and No. 1 Florida (who still hasn't played anybody [sorry Vols)]. Also awaiting are the Auburn Tigers and LSU Tigers.
Will the Tide trip up along the way? Time will tell.
But, make no mistake about it, LSU will not doubleteam Jones (Look how they played Georgia's A.J. Green). If they can play Jones straight up, then McElroy will have to beat the Tigers with his arm.
If Ingram doesn't with his feet.






2 comments:

Kathryn said...

WOW, YOU ARE A DUMB IDIOT S.O.B. THEY SHOULD NOT ALLOW YOUR KIND TO HAVE AN OPINION....BY THE WAY GO GATORS!!!WHOEVER YOU ARE CHECK THE PREVIOUS SCHEDULES.....SEC IS THE TOUGHEST CONFERENCE IN THE NCAA DUMMY.

Kathryn said...

WOW, YOU ARE A DUMB IDIOT S.O.B. THEY SHOULD NOT ALLOW YOUR KIND TO HAVE AN OPINION....BY THE WAY GO GATORS!!!WHOEVER YOU ARE CHECK THE PREVIOUS SCHEDULES.....SEC IS THE TOUGHEST CONFERENCE IN THE NCAA DUMMY.

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