Missouri (8-16), Texas A&M (10-17) and Ole Miss (9-17) were over 50 percent in Bama’s first three games.
In the last three games, Alabama has held opponents against a total of only 8 successful third down conversions – Tennessee (4-16), Mississippi State (2-15) and Kentucky (2-13).
Bama is now at 38. 18 percent (48. in the nation, 2. in the SEC) in the third down defense.
Now correct me if I am wrong. . . But the Alabama offensive has hit just as much and as quickly in the last four games as it did in the first three. . . Correct? It seems to me that a defense that is injured is not « a product of their own offensive that scores too quickly », but quite simply a defense that does not play well.
If the defense doesn’t stop on third runs, they’re playing a whole series of games throughout the game, giving up more and more yards. As simple as that. Do you want the defense to leave the field? You actually have to move away from the field.
Alabama’s defense has improved significantly since the first three. 5 games of the season. There are still some warts defending off-tackle rushing games, covering tight ends and running out of the backfield, but it has definitely been cleaned up in recent weeks. And no defense is perfect, especially in 2020. Get a few stops, make a turn or two, and that’ll win the game on this version of the Alabama crime.
This ever-improving defense, coupled with a dynamic attack, is why Alabama were clearly the best team in the first CFB playoff leaderboard released last night. Notre Dame with their big win over Clemson was an easy pick for # 2. Clemson gets a scapegoat for not having his starting QB when he lost to ND. The state of Ohio is the unknown « undefeated » that just doesn’t need to plant a face on its Big 10 schedule to find a clear path.
The Texas A&M blowout is looking better and better for Alabama as the Aggies run by Jimbo and Kellen Mond absolutely dominate everyone else who has played them. . . Although last week they managed to delay this terrible game against Ole Miss’ offense.
Cincinnati has been as dominant as a non-P5 team can be, wiping out 3 teams that were considered the top 25 at one point or another. If they continue like this, one has to wonder if they are the first non-P5s who really stand a chance of making the playoffs.
BYU and Coastal Carolina, despite all the dominance and hype, haven’t gotten the same amount of love so far, so it seems Cincy will lead the indictment against the underdogs.
« Before the week started, » said Surtain, « did we talk about it – we always have one thing where we talk about what your record is against Tennessee? » What’s your record in the national championship? And what is your record against Auburn? It is one of the greatest rivalries in college football and the most anticipated rivalry. I expected it to be. ”
I really like the way Surtain lists Alabama Football season performance metrics here in descending order of importance.
Cain was named SEC Team Doctor of the Year. In addition, the Alabama Orthopedic Team, led by Cain and Norman Waldrop from the & Orthopedic Center at Andrews Sports Medicine, was named SEC Orthopedic Team of the Year.
Roll Tide, Dr. . Cain! Even so, I hope that the preventive efforts of Tide’s new Strength and Conditioning staff will reduce the importance of orthopedics for the foreseeable future.
Bruner average 3. 5 three-point attempts in the past season and 32 percent of them connected. He also had an average of 3. 7 assists per game and recorded Yale’s first triple-double against Cornell in double overtime last February.
« I think his overtaking ability is on a different level, » Oats said earlier this month. “He’s really good at making people around him. He shoots a lot better than I knew. . . . He is currently one of the best shooters on the team. Once he’s set his feet, he doesn’t miss very many shots.
« If you put him and Reese both, two bigs at 6-9, 6-10 who can make threes at the level they can, it’s a lot harder for the defense to come out and cover that. ”
Oats referred to Bruner as an « off-field high-IQ guy » who emerged as a leader this summer, particularly when Senior John Petty was absent from team training in Huntsville as a potential design prospect.
Since the men’s basketball team has a tip tonight, here’s a good article on the careers of Javon Quinerly and Jordan Bruner – the two newcomers who are expected to start and star this Alabama team.
Quinerly is probably the only true point guard on the team (although guys like Herb Jones and Jaden Shackelford have done their jobs in the past) and is expected to be the primary ball handler for the entire season. Meanwhile, Alabama’s depth has been dangerously small in terms of tall men playing under the basket, so securing the all-star transfer at Bruner was a big off-season step for Coach Oats.
« So I’m not that concerned about our end. I think we’re pretty well under control now. We had to take care of it in June and July. A little more concerned about who to play. Our game has been postponed to 7p. m. [CT Wednesday, from 18. 30 o’clock]. m. ] so the SEC network can pick it up because Tennessee isn’t playing. That’s great for us, great for exposure, great for all of that – but Tennessee is in our league. It would be great to see our league end and get a lot of quality wins straight out of the gate. ”
And, hey, take a look at 2020 and give us a solid impression. The season opener was originally supposed to be on ESPN (which I definitely don’t subscribe to, and I assume most of you don’t either) but now that it’s moved to the SECN we can watch all of these guys in action.
« We’re ready to play and excited no matter how many people are in the stands or whatever else is going on, » Oats told reporters on a Zoom call Tuesday. “That’s what we practice for. So we are excited. I thought we had good practices. After we finished today we said to the guys, “We got the full 30 in. « Many programs across the country failed to complete their full 30 practices. « . We have. We were lucky in this regard.
« . . . I think Jacksonville State is in a good place too. It’s going to be a good game. It will be a good test for us. We look forward to opening the season. ”
After a season between 16 and 15 a year ago, Alabama is entering # 1 this season. 25 preseason USA Today trainer poll and No.. 29 (50 votes) in the preseason AP Top 25 poll. It is the first time since 2017/18 that Tide has started a season among the top 25 teams in the country.
Seriously, get excited. Alabama actually has a preseason ranking, so even the national media are on board for the time being. In case you missed it, here is our hype piece from the start of yesterday’s season.
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