Bowl Round Games
|1st Game Deadline
North Texas @
(Utah State -9.0)
Fresno State @
( Fresno State -4.5)
Georgia Southern @
(Georgia Southern -1.0)
Middle Tennessee @
(Appalachian State -7.0)
San Diego State @
Florida Intl @
Western Michigan @
Boston College @
(Boise State -3.0)
(Georgia Tech -4.5)
West Virginia @
(West Virginia -1.5)
Iowa State @
(Washington State -3.5)
South Carolina @
(South Carolina -4.0)
Arkansas State @
(Arkansas State -1.0)
Notre Dame @
Michigan State @
NC State @
(Texas A&M -5.0)
Mississippi State @
(Mississippi State -6.0)
(Penn State -6.0)
(Ohio State -6.5)
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|Game notes: Clemson vs Bama
Clemson vs Bama
First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great season. This was a game where the Bama team didnt help themselves and gave some help to the Clemson team. Clemson was well prepared and executed a game plan by making big plays when necessary. I dont think Locksley called his best games. Before the 2nd interception, Bama was running the ball, helping the defense rest and then he calls a pass play. Because of a bad read by Tua the pass was intercepted. Also, the red zone production was horrible. I also didnt like the double tight formations as it allowed Clemson a variety of ways to blitz. I didnt like the fake field goal call with the personal that runs it. If I am going for it I am leaving my offense on the field.
OFFFENSE: Bama offense was only stopped by themselves most of the night. That had 443 yards of total offense which included 295 passing and 148 rushing. Bama totaled 255 yards in the first half after having about 220 in the first quarter. As far as negative plays, Bama had 7 tackles for losses, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions which led to 14 points, and 3 fumbles which they recovered. Bama had 2 three and outs and one of them was when they put Hurts in in a no-win situation. The other was when Tua threw the interception that was returned for a touchdown. For positive plays that covered 10+ yard, Bama had 11 pass plays and 7 running plays. He comes the killer, along with the interceptions. Bama got into the red zone 5 times and to the 22 once. Out of these drives, they got a touchdown and a field goal. They turned the ball over on downs on the other 3 drives. They did score once from outside the red zone. As I stated I think the play calling/execution here was horrible. I also want to mention the snap by the clap. It looks to me that after the clap the ball is snapped almost right after, so it is easily time by the defense. I would like him to clap telling the center he is ready and then the center go I, 2, or 3 counts and snap the ball. I think the center could call go where the other OL would know when the ball was snapped.
QB: Tua would have had a good game if they had been playing such tough competition. He completed 65% of his passes but missed a couple of open receivers, once while being flushed on the 4th and 4 where he scrambled and came up short. On the first interception it was a bad throw. I also think he misread the coverage. I will also say, I didnt like the spacing of the receivers which allowed them to be covered by 1 man. The second interception, he just didnt read the coverage correctly. The underneath route was wide-open and he probably would have gained 15+ yards if the ball had been thrown to him. The was the drive where Bama was running the ball and a short pass to control the clock and keep the defense off the field would have helped. One reason I think he misread the coverage is I think he looked right to move the safety and came back left to throw. The only thing I can say about Hurts is that he was put in a no-win situation.
RB: The running backs combined 163 yards on 31 carries. It looked like anytime they could break a long one. The problem was when they got into the red zone. I thought N Harris did a good job picking up the blitz as well as others.
Rec: Not counting running backs 6 different receivers had catches. D. Smith led with 6, Jeudy had 5, I Smith had 4, Waddle had 2, and Ruggs had 1. They also did a good job blocking since the running backs had some big runs. I do think there were a couple of penalties missed with a holding on Jeudy and a PI on I Smith. Both of these would have kept drives alive in the red zone where they didnt score.
OL: The OL played like Jeykell and Hyde in my opinion. I say this because of the inability to score inside the red zone. I also think part of the problem was the snap I mentioned above allowing the defense to get off the ball. I wonder why Bama didnt have a heavy offense this year like last where they use Payne. You cant tell me there isnt a back-up guard or tackle or back-up defensive player that could do that. The allowed Bama to run the ball, however at times the QB was hurried because of the rush especially when there was a blitz. One blitz came off the motion of a rec coming in toward the LOS on the short side of the field and led to a sack. Tua was looking away and never saw it. This wasnt on the OL but I wanted to mention it here.
Def: The defense had a tough night. I do think that missing Miller was huge because there wasnt much of an edge rush most of the night. As a matter of fact, there wasnt much of any pass rush most of the night. With the absence of an edge rush it allowed Clemson to double team Williams most of the night and single block the rest. For negative plays, Bama had 6 tackles for losses and that is it. No sacks, interceptions or fumbles. They did have 3 three and outs. For plays that covered 10+ yards, they had 10 passing plays and 4 running plays. They had big catches on 3rd down, where they had: 3rd and 14 a 62 yard catch, 3rd and 12 a 37 yard catch, and 3rd and 9 a 17 yard catch. Clemson got into the red zone 5 times and scored 4 touchdowns and kicked one field goal. They scored one touchdown outside the red zone and had and interception for a TD. Without pressure the QB was able to push the ball down the field. I will say the Clemson receivers made some good catches to help their QB. Also, the defense looked confused at times and busted coverage a few times. I also think they underestimated the speed of the Clemson running back.
DL: I thought they played a tough game. As, I mentioned Williams was doubled teamed a lot of the night. This means someone else needed to step up. The lack of depth was also obvious as others didnt step up and make plays. To Clemsons credit they had a pretty good offensive line.
LB: They had a decent games as they had to play run and pass. As I said earlier, I think they underestimated the speed of the running back from Clemson. It was also difficult for them to get into the passing lane.
DB: They didnt make the plays they needed to and busted some coverages. One of the bust was on third down and allowed an easy throw for a first down. On one touchdown, I think the safety was flatfooted and the ball was thrown over the top. There was a seam route and an outside route and the safety had eyes on the inside route and didnt get depth. I think the linebacker should have been running with the inside receiver but was beat. On the 5 yard touchdown the safety stood still as the receiver came inside. He has to see that as a safety and at least hit him if he cant get to the ball.
Special Teams: The special teams made some crucial mistakes. The first was the missed extra point. The second was when the kick off went out of bounds. This was after Bama scored and it gives Clemson the ball on the 35 instead of the 25.
Penalties: Bama had untimely and harmful penalties again this game. First, you have a false start on 2nd and 1 on the goal line which now becomes 2nd and 6 and Bama has to settle for a field goal. The next was a kickoff out of bounds which gives Clemson the ball on the 35. Right after the bad kickoff on the 1st play you have pass interference for 15-yards where now Clemson has the ball at the 50. Clemson goes on to score a touchdown. The next penalty was a 15-yard personal foul hitting out of bounds with 1:53 left in the half which helps Clemson move down and kick a field goal. The next was an offsides by Jennings on an incomplete pass which now allows Clemson to have a free play. The next penalty was lineman down field which negated a 12 reception. Finally, there was a late hit by Jennings which was assessed on the kick off. Clemson had 1 penalty for 12 yards and Bama had 6 for 60. Two no calls could have been big if Bama could have converted in the red zone.
Finally, Bama got as we call, a country butt whooping. Part of this was because of Bamas inability to scored in the red zone and the mistakes that were made. There has to be some more depth at the DL position and the secondary. A lot of the secondary problems can be fixed with a better pass rush. We have gotten spoiled and expect a NC every year. That just isnt going to happen. Parity in college football is getting closer. Also, I heard some people are calling for Saban to be fired. They need their head checked. How many other teams could do what Bama has done with the coaching turnover that Bama has had? Also, I hope Bama goes out and gets the best OL coach there is. I think this will really be a huge hire.
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|Game notes: OU vs Bama
OU vs Bama
First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory. I really thought the offensive game plan was spot on.
OFFFENSE: Bamas offense played well except for a couple of drives where they killed themselves. The offense put together a total of 528 yards which included 200 rushing yards and 328 passing yards. As far as negative plays, Bama had 2 tackles for losses and 1 sack. One of the tackles for losses was when there was some confusion in the backfield between the QB and running back. Bama is credited with only one three and out. For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have Bama with 15 passing plays and 7 running plays. Bama got into the red zone7 times which resulted in 5 touchdowns and 1 field goal. The other trip was at the end of the game and Bama decided to kneel down instead of scoring. I think I would have really like to see Bama score there. However, by kneeling down you probably prevent your defense from having to go back on the field and this a lot less possibility of an injury on some play that really means nothing. Bama did score 1 touchdown from out side the red zone. Bama did leave points on the field as they self-destructed with penalties.
QB: Tua had an outstanding game missing only three passes. He had 2 incompletions in the first half and 1 in the second. The one in the second half would have been a catch if the receiver had given himself a little more room to work. He did a great job checking into the correct plays. The only knock was the mix-up in the backfield after a check which led to a negative play. Hurts completed his only pass and ran well when he was given the opportunity.
RB: The running backs combined for 191 yards rushing on 24 carries. This breaks down to 7.9 yards per carry. Jacobs led the way in carries and yardage while N Harris had the best overall average at 7.5 yards per carry. They ran well and the protected well. Both D Harris and Jacobs had big catches.
Rec: Not counting running backs 7 different players had catches, which includes Hurts when he was in at the slot. Three of the touchdown passes were to wide receivers while the other was to Jacobs who destroyed the OU safety on his run after the catch. D Smith led the way with 6 catches followed by Juedy with 4. Ruggs had 3 while Waddle and I Smith both had 2. The did a good job blocking downfield on runs as well as helping receivers after the catch.
OL: The OL played pretty well which should be expected with the defense from OU. The key point to me was there were only 3 negative plays for the complete game. I thought they got to the second level more often in this game than they did in the past game. There were mistakes that I will discuss in the penalty area.
Def: The defense played well especially early on. I know they gave up yardage however, I think this was due to Bama building up a huge lead and not wanting OU to have many quick scoring opportunities. They wanted them to have to drive the field. Early in the game Bamas rush contained Murry and coverage made him hold the ball. This led to the early sack. I think later the D was wanting to make more play and became a little undisciplined in their rush and lost their lanes. As you saw Murry only needs a small crease to get off and running. The defense gave up a total of 471 yards which included 163 rushing and 308 passing. Most of the rushing yards were on scrambles by Murry. He had 109 rushing yards which most were scrambles. For negative plays, I have them credited with 3 tackles for losses and 3 sacks. OU had only 1 three and out. For plays covering 10+ yards, they had 13 passing plays and 7 running plays. They got into the red zone 5 times and scored 3 touchdowns and kicked 2 field goals. They did score once from outside the red zone. The defense was also hurt by some missed tackles especially in the second half.
DL: I thought they played well and put pressure on the QB without a lot of blitz help. Williams is a beast who ate up two blocks on most of the plays. In my opinion, I thought there were a couple of times where the OU OL grabbed the Bama players which may have allowed Murry to escape and there was no call.
LB: They played well considering the offense they were facing. They were put in a position where they had to play the run, cover the receivers, but they also had to watch the scrambles by Murry.
DB: They missed some opportunities to one two balls that could have been intercepted and stopped drives. McKinney is credited with 4 passes defended which led the teams. There were a couple of balls that were thrown up that the receivers made the play on. I dont understand why these receivers are given a free release by the DBs but I guess they are doing the way they are taught. It looked like Bama played 2 safeties most of the game, especially after the large lead to keep OU from scoring quickly. I do want to say maybe a reason the receiver got behind the safety was he saw Murry scrambling and may have stepped up or froze for a second which allowed this to happen.
Special Teams: The special teams had a good day. They hit on all their extra points as well as their field goal. Punting was ok, not outstanding. I guess you can say they did their job and kept it away from the dangerous return man. The one big return OU had was because of a block in the back which brought it back. The big mistake was the fair catch on the return when OU was having to kick off after being assessed 2 15-yard penalties. This was the time Bama went three and out where they should have returned the kick and had the ball further up the field.
Penalties: Bama had untimely and harmful penalties. They had 4 penalties on one drive, one which negated a touchdown. I will say I think this may have been a bad call and I think the announcers agree. They called and illegal formation because Willis was not on the LOS. Three of the 4 penalties were on Willis. The other was on D Harris. Other penalties help keep drives alive where OU scored touchdowns.
Finally, Bama came out hot and played well. I dont know if they lost a little focus or what. The penalties that cost Bama a touchdown occurred after the were third and a short 1 in the red zone. The are important points left on the field. Also, I will be surprised if Miller will be back from his injury for the Championship game.
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17 and Counting
|Game notes: Georgia vs Bama
Georgia vs Bama
First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory. This was a game of mistakes for Bama which was partly caused by Georgias defense.
OFFFENSE: Bamas offense was the Jekyll and Hyde of the day. Even though they one, there were numerous mistakes. I have Bama receivers for 4 drops and maybe as many as 5. They ran the ball effectively then couldnt get back to the LOS on other plays. For offense, Bama had 403 total yard which included 246 passing and 157 rushing. As for negative plays, I have Bama with 4 tackles of losses, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 2 fumbles which they recovered themselves. Bama is credited with 4 three and outs, 2 for each half. For plays that covered 10+ yards, Bama had 10 pass plays and 7 running plays. Nine of the passing plays came in the second half while 5 of the running plays came in the first half. Bama got into the red zone 5 times and scored 4 touchdowns and threw one interception. They did score once from outside the red zone.
QB: Tua had the worse game of his career. He was 10-25 for 164 yards and 51 of those came on one competition. It didnt help that all the drops were on passes he threw. I do think on the first interception the defender made a good play, but the ball may have been a little late. The second interception was also a little late and behind the receiver. I think if he ball is more outside the receiver had a chance for the catch. It seemed that Tuas throw were behind receiver more than once. I also think that Tua has fallen in love with big plays and was not checking down when he had the chance a few times. Jalen came in and had an outstanding game. He was 7-9 for 82 yards. Jalen showed how much he has improved as he kept looking downfield for receivers even when he was scrambling. It also looked like he checked down to different receivers. He came up huge on 3rd down as he was 5 for 5 on third down conversions.
RB: The running backs combined for 150 yards on 21 carries with equates to about 7 yards a carry. The big running play was the 59-yard run by Jacobs. He seems to be the go-to back on short yardage. I think the defense is concentrating on the run when N Harris is in the game. It seems many times when you have Jacobs and N Harris in the backfield together, they are running the counter the first play. N Harris was 2 of the 4 tackles for losses and it wasnt all his fault.
Rec: Four different receivers had at least 3 catches and Waddle had 4. The biggest of the drops was by I Smith on a third down play with no one around him. It would have been a huge gain and put Bama in Georgia territory.
OL: I really dont know what to say here. You are playing a team that is last in sacks in the SEC and they are constantly pressuring the Bama QB. I didnt count, but it seems that they did it with 4 most of the time. Now, I dont think all the pressure was on the OL, I think Tua held the ball too long or the coverage was so good it allowed the defense to get to him. Like I said earlier, I think he could have checked down a few times. On the running game, again, it was Jekyll and Hyde. It was good sometimes and not very good at all on others. I really would have my staff looking at offensive tendencies before the playoff begin. I would also have them checking of keys that may be giving the plays away. I do think, and this is my opinion, that the defense concentrates on runs when N Harris is in the game.
Def: The defense played ok but tightened up near the end when it was necessary. The defense gave up 454 total yard which included 301 passing and 153 rushing. For negative plays, Bama had 4 tackles for losses and 2 sacks. I have Georgia with 2 three and outs which was one in each half. For plays that covered 10+ yards I have 11 pass plays and 4 running plays. Six of pass plays came in the first half and 5 in the second, for running there were 2 in each half. Georgia got into the red zone 3 times and scored 3 touchdowns, while one of their touchdowns came from right outside the red zone. I do think Georgia had a great game plan with the short to medium route passing game and taking a shot every once in a while. They also created some good match-ups that favored the receivers. For the most part, Fromm just made some very good throws and their receivers made the catches.
DL: I really expected them to play better, against what was supposed to be a young line with some players that were originally backups. They did hold the main ball carriers to around 4.5 yards per carry. I didnt think Buggs looked like he was healthy as he seemed to be dragging his leg a bit. Also, when they ran their stunts, he didnt seem to get the push necessary. They did lose the edge a couple of times and it led to good runs. I really expected them to get more pressure on the QB, however part of that was the quick throws they were making.
LB: They played ok. They were put in a position of trying to get to short passes and be in position for the running game. I do know on a couple of short passes, they ran a bit of pick plays to get the ball out quick for the short gain and 1st downs.
DB: They played better than the stats show. They were in position several times, but Fromm put the ball in the correct spot. They were having to come up and make plays on the short passes as well as making plays in the edge running game. I really thought S Carter had another good game.
Special Teams: The special teams had a couple of mistakes. The bad part was Waddle put Bama in great field position for their first drive, but Tua threw and interception to stop the drive. Another bad play was the running into the kicker right before the half. Bama had some time outs left and Georgia was punting from their endzone. If they set up the return, even with a fair catch they would have had time to get into position to score. Finally, they gave up a big return after taking the lead which gave Georgia and opportunity to score.
Penalties: Bama only had three penalties and one hurt them. It was the running into the kicker which gave Georgia a first down and allowed them to basically run out the clock before the half.
Finally, Bama didnt play well, especially on offense. The drops and interceptions cost Bama points or opportunity to get points. Hopefully, they will get healed up and correct some of these mistakes. I really hope they work extremely hard on the OL.
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17 and Counting
|The Lore of Jalen Hurts...
After a little reflection, I have to say this. To me the biggest story about this game isn't winning the game or a championship - it's Jalen Hurts. He could have easily quit or become a cancer, but he was the ultimate team player and leader who bided his time and made the most of an opportunity. What a great example for anybody out there. Hold your head high, keep working and never quit. I don't know what will happen the rest of this year, or what Jalen decides to do next year. What I do know is he is one of my favorite players of all time because of how he has done things, and will go down in Bama lore as a hero. Congrats, Jalen Hurts. You are a great leader.
|Game notes: AU vs Bama
AU vs Bama
First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory. This was especially sweet after last years game. It seemed that Bama made the better half time adjustments.
OFFFENSE: Bama had a total of 500 yards of total offense. This included 377 passing yards and 123 rushing yards. Most of Bamas yards came after halftime as Bama had only 186 yards in the first half, which means they had 314 in the second half. As for negative plays, Bama 2 tackles for losses and 1 sack. Bama had 4 three and outs with 2 in each half. For plays that covered 10+ yards, Bama had 15 passing plays, 7 in the first half and 8 in the second half and 4 running plays, 2 in each half. Bama got into the red zone 3 times and scored 2 touchdowns and 1 field goal. They scored 5 touchdowns from outside the red zone. A few additional notes are Bama had 5 touchdown drives in the second half and they equated to 5 (75 yds), 4 (69 yds), 3 (75 yds), 4 (43 yds) and 1 (53 yds). They had 7 drives in the second half and scored 5 touchdowns.
QB: Tua had very good game, especially in the second half. He completed 78% of his passes and averaged 12.96 yards per reception. He did miss a couple of throws and I think he missed and open rec on one play. Jalen was 100% pass completion and averaged 53 yards per reception. I know they were running the clock the 2nd series he was in and didnt throw the ball.
RB: The running backs combined for 94 rushing yards on 21 carries which breaks down to 4.47 yards per carry. Most of the yards came on tough runs since they rarely had a wide-open hole to run thru.
Rec: Not counting running backs, 5 different receivers had multiple catches. Jeudy had 5 for 77 yards and a touchdown. Waddle had 3 catches for 73 yards and 1 touchdown. D Smith had 4 catches for 72 yards and 1 touchdown. Ruggs had 5 catches for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns. They did a good job blocking for others after they caught the ball.
OL: I believe they played well, but they couldnt get to the second level of the defense most of the game. The reason, I think they played well is there were only 3 negative plays for the offense. I do wonder why Bama didnt run the edge more because 2 of their biggest runs came on runs on the edge.
Def: The defense played well. They gave up a total of 283 yards, which included 153 passing and 130 rushing. AU averages 3.02 yards per rush. As for negative plays, they had 2 tackles for losses, 4 sacks, and 1 interception. The drive after the interception led to a touchdown. Bama had 4 three and outs with 2 in each half. For plays that covered 10+ yards, Bama gave up 4 passing plays and no running plays. AU got into the red zone once and scored a touchdown. The other two touchdowns came from outside the red zone. A few more observations. First, AU receivers had 5 drops, most early in the game, which keep them from getting early momentum. Second, they had at least 3 trick plays one which worked. One the double pass, I think there should have been coaches yelling from the sideline about the depth of the receiver giving an idea that there could be a double pass coming. The players also should have recognized the receiver was deeper than normal. I know this had to be seen on film study because they said that was his second touchdown pass this year. Third, on one of the three and outs Bama was fortunate the QB didnt see the defender slip down and leave a wide-open receiver for a first down and much more. Finally, Bama only rushed 4 more that 9 times, if my calculations are correct.
DL: This was a good game for the DL. I thought Ray, Davis, and Jennings had good games. They handled the front with 4 most of the time which as usual freed the LBs to make plays.
LB: They played well. With all the, as they call it, eye candy they must really concentrate on their reads and make the plays.
DB: They played well. There was one big touchdown given up but, it was an underthrown ball the defender lost sight of. When playing a lot of man to man coverage, this is going to happen sometimes. I thought Carter played well. It is going to be interesting what Bama is going to do the first half of the next game, since Mayden will miss that half.
Special Teams: The big knock on the special teams was the blocked punt. They caught Bama blocking down and brought and overload from that side. The other punts were fine and even pinned AU inside the 15 once. I thought Bulovas had his best game on field goals and extra points. The ball seemed to get up quickly and on target. So that means his alignment was good also. When AU decided to return kickoffs, they only made it pass the 25 to the 27 once.
Penalties: Bama had 8 penalties for 82 yards. I didnt see what happened on the first personal foul called on Jacobs. The second was on the coaches for substitution infraction. The third was a false start when the Tua was changing the play. Tua was called for intentional grounding which could have been avoided if he had thrown it out of the back of the end zone. The face mask by Williams was unlucky as the QB lowered his head when he saw Williams coming to him. A targeting call and roughing the passer gave them 30 yards on one drive. Another couple of notes, I dont know why Gussy was complaining about the holding call as it could have been called on two different players. Also, I didnt see any coach really getting on the player for the cheap shot on Waddle on the punt play.
Finally, this game was huge. Bragging rights for a year and I understand Bama got a couple of commitments after the game. This next week will be a big test as UG is playing well at this time.
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|Game notes: The Citadel vs Bama
The Citadel vs Bama
First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a their victory. I thought the first part of the game the Bama team wasnt focused on their task. There were busted assignments and poor technique on both sides of the ball, especially on defense. I do know that it is extremely difficult to prepare for a team that runs their offense.
OFFFENSE: Bama had a total of 561 yards of total offense, which included 370 passing and 190 rushing. Most of these yards came in the 2nd half as Bama was limited 4 possessions in the first half. For negative plays, Bama had 2 tackles for losses, and 2 fumbles. One of these fumbles came on special teams. They were fortunate that The Citadel missed the field goal that would have given them the lead in the 2nd half. I have Bama with one 3 and out but also fumbled on play 2 of a drive which mean they had a 2 and out. Bama was credited with 13 pass plays of 10+ yards and 4 running plays of 10+ yards. Too me, it was disappointing that Bama could only have 4 running plays over 10 yards when they were playing an undermanned defensive front. Bama got into the red zone 5 times scoring 4 touchdowns and kicking one field goal. Two touchdowns were scored from outside the red zone and one touchdown came from the defense.
QB: Tua had a good day, which should have been expected again, against and undermanned team. It was good to see Hurts get into the game and do well. I thought it was a good sign when Hurts scrambled and threw a touchdown pass instead of running the ball. He also went from one side to the other for the throw.
RB: They quietly ran for 155 of the rushing yards. They averaged 8.6 yards per carry, but most of these yards came from the 73-yard run by D Harris and a 32-yard run by N Harris. The running backs only had 18 carries. This means on 16 of the carries they only averaged a little over 3 yards. I really expected the running backs to have a big day.
Rec: Three different receivers had 6 catches today. I Smith had one, but it was a big one, 68 yards for a touchdown. D Smith also had one catch and it was for a touchdown.
OL: I really cant say they played that well, but probably played better than I am giving them credit for. There were only 2 tackles for losses, but as I said I expected them to dominate the undersized D line of The Citadel.
Def: The defense made good adjustment the second half however, they still played poor technique/assignment football on a couple of long runs that resulted in touchdowns. Bama gave up a total of 275 yards of total offense and all of it was on the ground. For negative plays, I credit Bama with 7 tackles for losses, 1 sack, and a fumble recovery which was returned for a touchdown. As for 3 and outs, Bama had 1 in the first half and 4 in the second half. One was huge as it came right after Bama fumbled the kickoff and forced them to kick a field goal which they missed. There was also a 1 and out because of a fumble, which was returned for a touchdown. For plays that covered 10+ yards, they had 5 running plays during the game. Two were 40 plus yards that went for touchdowns. Both times they were to the defenses left side. This is were techniques and assignments were missed. Both touchdowns came from outside the red zone as did the field goal. Bama had their defense all within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage because of the offense The Citadel ran.
DL: This is the type game the D linemen hate as they are getting cut a lot of the day. I did notice part of that cutting techniques was grabbing the leg of the defender by the OL. Jennings and Williams played pretty well, but again this was a game I expected them to dominate no matter what offense they were running because they just dont get the athletes Bama does.
LB: They played well and should have since the DL was keeping the OL occupied and all of the cut blocks that were being used.
DB: The good news is they gave up no yards passing. However, they are the ones who busted assignment on the touchdown runs. First, they didnt take the pitch guy on the option when other players were responsible for the QB. Two, the angles taken to get to the runner was not good especially on the plays that went for touchdowns. Three, the DBs gave up their outside shoulder and allowed themselves to be pinned inside on the touchdown runs. Finally, they didnt get off the blocks. This may be because they tried to go underneath the block and got pinned inside.
Special Teams: Broken record here, there were some missed extra points. Also, there were some missed tackles on the long kick-off return.
Penalties: Bama had 6 penalties for 68 yards, many which could have been avoided. The one positive, I saw was Q Williams getting on a younger player which shows leadership.
Finally, this game could be costly with the injuries. I had hope the OL would have dominated the DL. There were points left on the field because of a fumble, inability to convert in the red zone once, and the missed extra points.
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|Game notes: MSU vs Bama
MSU vs Bama
First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory. I really thought this would be a tough game for a few reasons. First, I saw MSU play earlier this year and saw that they had a physical defense. Second, also after watching I saw their QB throwing the ball better than he did earlier in the year. Probably my biggest reason for thinking this would be a close game was it was the next game after an always physical game vs LSU.
OFFFENSE: Bama had their lowest output on offense for the year. They had 305 total yards with 142 rushing and 163 passing. 156 of these yards came on the first 2 drives of the game. As for negative plays, I have Bama with 5 tackles for losses, 4 sacks, 2 fumbles one which was lost, and an interception. The none call on one fumble was huge as Bama scored on that drive. Bama had 3 three and outs with 1 coming in the first half and 2 in the second half. The offense had 9 pass plays that covered 10+ yards and 7 running plays that covered 10+ yards. The longest run of the day was 17 yards and the longest pass completion for the day was 25 yards. Bama got into the red zone 4 times scoring 3 touchdowns and turning the ball over on downs on the last trip. Many people wonder why not kick the field goal at that point, but there are reasons to go for it. First, a field goal can be blocked and turned into a quick score and that benefits the other team getting the quick score. Two they are down by 24 and you are making the team drive the length of the field if you dont score with little time on the clock. Bamas field goal came from outside the red zone as it was a 49-yard field goal.
QB: Tua was under pressure a lot of the day. As you saw above, he was sacked 4 times. He had to complete throws under pressure. Tua did miss a couple of throws that he usually makes. I also think there were a couple of balls that are usually caught that were not this game. I do think the MSU player made an asserted effort to go low on the tackle that took Tua out of the game. If you watch it looks like he intentionally went low and launched his lowered head toward the injured leg. Jones came in and did well enough with the lead Bama had. He did miss an open receiver and the receiver had some open ground if he had caught it.
RB: Jacobs had a big game. He showed both is power and vision while running the ball. It is hard to believe he was a 3-star athlete coming out of high school. Harris ran well and did a very good job picking up the blitz. The problem is MSU were sending more than they could block all the time. N Harris ran well, but I think they kept him out later because of the injury from last week.
Rec: I Smith had 5 catches and Jeudy had 6. I Smith had the most yards of any rec. Three of Smith's catches were on the first 2 drives. I have read complaints about the receivers being held, but it is hard to see on the view on TV. I do know on the replay on TV it showed Jeudy had a case for being held on a play.
OL: This was a great game to test the OL. MSU had a very good defensive front. They did get a good push early in the game. I do think they were a little confused on a couple of blitzes as well as MSU just bringing more than Bama could block. I did wonder why Bama didnt max protect at times. I did notice that MSU would have some read blitzes where if the back released and they came off the blitz. There was one play were Leatherwood blocked inside and Willis blocked out leaving the inside guy free to the QB. Many times this depend on how many people are outside the tackle and the assignment of the running back.
Def: The defense played a good game. MSU had 169 yards of total offense which included 44 rushing and 125 passing. I do think Bama was aided by some drops by the MSU receivers. Bama gave up a total of 65 yards in the first half and 38 of that came on the run where Bama missed some tackles as well as a 23-yard completion. Fitzgerald was averaging 104 yards rushing a game and was held to negative 23. As far as negative plays I have Bama credited with 8 tackles for losses, 5 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery which actually happened on special teams. I have Bama credited with 6 three and outs, 3 in each half. For plays that covered 10+ yards, MSU had 4 pass plays and 2 running plays that covered that distance. MSU got into the red zone once and turned the ball over on downs. They should have had a touchdown as MSU was called for a phantom block in the back that negated the touchdown. Bama busted coverage twice in a row and it didnt hurt them because of the penalty for delay of game.
DL: They played well. Their may not have been as much pressure with a 4-man front as there was last week, but they did have numerous tackles for losses. They again kept the OL off of the linebackers so they were free to make tackles. The early games this year where Bama was allowed to play numerous players is playing off as many more plays are being made by the depth of the DL.
LB: I thought they had a good game. MSU has a mobile QB who can run and throw which puts bind on the LBs. They read the game well and made some big plays in both the running and passing game. Wilson blew up the RB on a sack which helped keep MSU off the board when they got into the red zone.
DB: They busted coverage a couple of times and it should have cost Bama a touchdown. However, I mentioned the phantom block in the back and the delay of game that kept MSU off the board. Overall, they played well most of the game as MSU only had 125 total yards passing.
Special Teams: One of the best games for the special teams. A 49-yard field goal should help the confidence of the kicker. I still think his plant foot needs adjusting at time as well as his alignment. Kick-off coverage was good, and Jacobs opens the game with a good kickoff return. Surtain made good play on the punt which may have been touched by Waddle and could have been a turnover. They also did a good job covering the punt down on the 1-yard line, something they missed last game.
Penalties: Officially Bama had no penalties, however the kick out of bounds allowed MSU to have better field position. MSU had several penalties, many in crucial situations.
Finally, this would be a good week to get healthy. This was back to back physical games, especially on the offensive side of the ball. It would be great to get a big lead early and allow others to play and finish the game. Also, if my memory serves me correctly, Bama defense has allowed only 3 trips in the red zone in the last 2 games.
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LSU vs Bama
First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory. This was an outstanding game plan by both the offense and defense in a tough environment.
OFFFENSE: Bama put together 576 yards of total offense, which included 295 yards passing and 281 rushing. This was a well-balanced attack and possibly the best offensive effort considering the defensive team LSU has. As far as negative plays, Bama had 5 tackles for losses, 1 sack which was a coverage sack, and an interception which Tua threw into double coverage. Bama had no three and outs the whole night even though they had a couple of 3rd and longs at the start of their drives. Bama was also balanced on their plays covering 10+ yards as they had 13 pass plays covering that distance and 10 running plays that covered that distance. Bama got into the red zone 4 times. They scored 2 touchdown and kicked a field goal while they punted the other times because of penalties and tackles for losses. There were also points left on the field that would have made the score worse than it was.
QB: Tua played a good game. He did force the ball on the interception but threw some good balls into tight coverage. He also scrambled well which is obvious since he scored on a 44-yard run. The good thing is he missed in the right place most of the day. It looked like the game plan early was to get the ball out of his hands quickly and allow the receivers to use their athletic ability to make yards after the catch.
RB: The running backs had a great day. They had a combined 234 yards rushing and averaged over 7 yards a carry against what is supposed to be an elite run defense. The backs also did a good job picking up the blitzes by LSU.
Rec: Four different receivers had catches, not counting running back. Jeudy led the way with 8 catches and the others all had 4 each. Each of the receivers averaged over 10 yards per catch. They also did a good job blocking downfield on the big runs by the backs.
OL: I thought this was their best game of the year, especially in the area of run blocking. The yards gained mentioned above where the results of the OL blocking. I also include Hentges here as his did a very good job when leading on some of the plays called. They got to the second level several times and they got a push against the LSU D line.
Def: The defense played very well. LSU had a total of 196 yards which included 184 passing and 12 rushing. For negative plays, I have Bama for 8 tackles for losses, 5 sacks, and 1 interception. I credit Bamas defense with 5 three and outs, 3 in the first half and 2 in the second half. For plays that covered 10+ yards, LSU had 6 pass plays and 1 running play. LSU had only one of those passing plays in the first half and no running plays in the first half that covered that distance. The run for 10+ yards came on a scramble by the Qb in the 2nd half. LSU tried to start the game with the quick passing game and continued this throughout the game. LSU got into the red zone twice and missed one field goal and threw an interception. One of the amazing stats I watched this game, was how many times Bama rushed more than 4. In the first half it was 3 times and one of those was a run blitz on a 3rd and short. In the second half I have them sending more than 4 only 4 times. Most of the pressure and sacks came when Bama was rushing 4 or less because they only rushed 3 at times. The only knock was the loss of contain by the end rushers.
DL: The DL played and outstanding game because of the pressure they were able to apply by rushing only 4 most of the game. Q Williams played a great game and was held more than once and still made plays or allowed others to make the play since he was double teamed. They also kept the LSU OL off of the linebackers which allowed them to make plays.
LB: They played well especially having to get to the short passes and dropping into coverage. As I said this job was made easy for them because of the work of the DL.
DB: The DBs played well. Again, to sound like a broken record (many of you will understand this reference) the play of the DL aided the DBs because of their pressure on the QB. I will say they had a chance for a couple of interceptions which if one was made could have possibly been returned for a touchdown. They came up and filled well and didnt allow receivers, except on one play, to make many yards after the catch.
Special Teams: There were a few of problems on special teams. First, a bad hold by the holder on the first PAT. The second was a low kick on a PAT which was blocked. They allowed a big kick off return where they didnt get off of blocks. Finally, they didnt cover a punt very well that could have pinned LSU down inside the 5.
Penalties: I have Bama for 9 penalties but two of them were declined. They were both offsides. There were 2 false start penalties on the first drive which combined with a couple of tackles for losses which took Bama out of the red zone and forced them to punt. The pass interference call, I dont think the ball was catchable. The unsportsmanlike conduct was uncalled for and could have been huge in a tight game because the kickoff is moved back. The face mask was called, but they could have called holding on that play also. As a matter of fact, there were a few times, even commented by the announcers, that holding could have been called.
Finally, as well as they played, they could have scored more. They got into the red zone on the first drive and didnt even get a chance to kick a field goal. The missed two extra points and they ended up kicking a field goal when getting into the red zone. These are points left on the field. If added up this is 5 plus points that could have been scored.
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I had a chance to watch both basketball and softball this past week and thought I would share an early opinion with everyone.
I left the basketball practice feeling like there might be a good chance of some success this season. The first thing I noticed was the conditioning and enthusiasm of the players. It was very noticeable of the weight loss for some of the big boys especially as they were working on their fast breaks, more speed and agility. Reese is one that I think we need to keep our eye on this year, he's leaner, seems to be more aggressive and still has his outside shot. Riley Norris looked like Riley Norris of the past, scrambling for rebounds and put backs and seemed not to fear pulling up and taking his shot. There was one part of their game that is still lacking some, free throws.
It is early in the year and they should look like there is work to be done but I left thinking this team has more energy and player skills than they had last year. We lost Mr Basketball from last year but that may be a big plus for this team, more team effort and not a one man show.
I also had a chance to see the softball team and they did look different. Alexis Osorio is not here any more and there are more new players on the team than I have ever seen. The first thing I noticed was there is 5 pitchers now on the team but none looked like Osorio did. I also did not see a player that stood out as the leader of the team as no one was returning from last years team to fill that role and no one seems to have stepped up to be that.
Defensively I wasn't impressed as graduation took out some of the key players and no one was that impressive but again, it is early for the players and there is a good time frame ahead for them to work on their mechanics. I did seem some good at bats from some so maybe our run production will be better this year to make up for their lack of experience. I've got my fingers crossed.
Tenn vs Bama
First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory. This was a game where UT came off a big victory and had high expectations. The defense set the tone early and help the Bama offense put points on the board.
OFFFENSE: Bama put together 545 yards of total offense, which included 327 yards passing and 218 rushing. Most passing yards, 256, came in the first half while most rushing yards, 123 came in the 2nd half. This is to be expected with the big lead and Bama wanting the clock to run. Bama could have put more points on the board if they had wanted too. As far as negative plays, Bama had 4 tackles for losses and 1 interception off a tipped ball which was returned for a touchdown. The first negative play didnt come until 1:50 left in the 3rd quarter. Bama was credited with 2 three and outs which were back to back and happened in the first half. This was the first time, according to the announcers, that Tua had consecutive 3 and outs in a game. Looking at the positives, Bama had 14 pass plays that covered 10+ yards and they had 9 running plays that covered 10+ yards. Only one of these was a scramble by Hurts which covered 21 yards where he scored. Bama reached the red zone 7 times and scored 6 touchdowns. The other trip the ball was turned over on downs as Bama was trying not to run up the score. Bama also scored 2 times from outside the red zone.
QB: Tua played well and made some nice throws. He did a very good job of finding receivers when he had to escape pressure. There were a few balls that were thrown high and I wonder if this has something to do with the knee or if the wind effected a couple of throws. He did throw one up for grabs which fortunately wasnt intercepted. He also threw what I call a hospital ball where Waddle took a big hit but held on to the ball. There was also a drop on a catchable ball. Tua also missed Juedy in the endzone for what would have been a touchdown, but they scored anyway. Jalen played well in the short time he was in. I thought he would have gotten in a little sooner. He did have a pick that was returned for a TD, however, it was tipped and just happened to fall right into the hands of the DL that scored. His other passes were on target and he checked down to find one receiver.
RB: The running back divided the carries up and gained 190 yards on 27 carries which breaks down to over 7 yards a carry. I do wonder if D Harris isnt a little banged up since he only carried the ball 3 times. N Harris had a big highlight moment when he hurdled a defensive player on a 14-yard gain. They did a good job pass blocking and picked up the blitz on more than 1 occasion.
Rec: Not counting RBs, 5 different receivers had catches. They were divided up pretty well among 4 of them as 2 had 5 catches, Smith and Jeudy, while Waddle had 4 and Ruggs had 3. Each one of these guys had a touchdown reception. I going to say right here the routes this year looked better than in the past. Anyone on the route has a chance to be thrown the ball.
OL: I thought they played one of their better games. As, I state above the first tackle for loss wasnt until there was 1:50 left in the 3rd quarter. They gave up no sacks even though there was a little pressure, I think it came more from coverage. This is a game where the OL got a push on the goal line and Bama scored 3 touchdowns, 4 if you count the rushing touchdown by Jalen. This is a game where the OL got to the 2nd level more than once. The worse I saw from them was on 1 running play, Pierschbachers man ran under the block. Instead of continuing on he looked back and stopped. He should have continued looking for the next UT player. The other was on the screen where the UT player beat the block. I thought if the OL had continued instead of lunging he could have made a block and it would have been a big gain on the screen.
Def: The defense played well especially in the beginning of the game. They started out with 3 straight 3 and outs and would have been 4 if not for an offsides penalty. The defense gave up a total of 258 total yards which included 227 yards passing and 31 rushing. Bama only gave up a total of 87 yards in the second half. They only gave up 6 yards in the 1st quarter. I have Bama credited for four 3 and outs one which was because of a fumble. They also had a 1 and out as there was a safety in the begging of the 2nd half. As far as negative plays, I have Bama credited with 10 tackles for losses, 3 sacks (all in the first half), and they caused 3 fumbles one that was recovered and set the offense up in the red zone which led to a touchdown. For plays that covered 10+ yards, UT had 7 passing plays and 1 running play. The running play didnt happen until the 2nd half. UT got into the red zone twice and scored 2 touchdowns, they did have a chance for a field goal from outside the red-zone but they missed the field goal. One thing that stands out to me, is that it seems Bama is playing better assignment football.
DL: I thought the DL played a very good game. It seemed that Williams or Buggs were making plays all day. I also thought Ray played well replacing Davis.
LB: They played well, but the front line really made plays before they got to their level many times.
DB: The DBs played better than it looked. There were a couple of balls that were contested but caught by the offense. The UT QB made a couple of good throws where their receiver was the only one who had a chance for the ball.
Special Teams: Kick-off returns were good when they returned except for one which could have been a disaster. Bama returners let the ball hit the ground and made a good play to get to it and make 3 yards. The first big return help give Bama good field position for their touchdown drive. It seemed like the wind had an effect on the balls that were kicked. Bama was surprised by the onside kick, but fortunately the UT player touched it before it went 10 yards. Another positive was Bama averaged about 41 yards on 2 punts.
Penalties: Bama had 5 penalties for 36 yards. Of the ones that were enforced, Bama had 2 on special teams, offsides and block in the back. There were 2 holding calls, one of offense and one on defense. There was 1 more false start on offense, which Bama overcame. Most of the penalties were overcome or didnt really hurt Bama.
Finally, the bye week came at a very good time. It will be good for Bama to get their legs under them and allow some of the injuries to heal. This also gives Bama time to improve even more on their assignments. Also, just like LSU they have 2 weeks to prepare.
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|Date: ||Aug. 31, 2019|
|Radio: ||Fun 92.7|
|Location: ||Mercedes-Benz Stadium|
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