Monday, November 30, 2009

BCS Standings

No new changes in the top five of the BCS standings. This weekend the top two undefeated teams of Florida and Alabama meet in the SEC Championship which is sure to shake up the top of the standings. Texas is still at 3, and has a smaller test in the Big 12 Championship Game, so look for them to occupy one of the top two spots at the end of the weekend.
  1. Florida
  2. Alabama
  3. Texas
  4. TCU
  5. Cincinnati

Alabama Completes its Second Consecutive Perfect Regular Season


Alabama was able to escape the iron trap Friday and cap off its regular season undefeated for the second year in a row. However, the Tide’s perfect season was in jeopardy it seemed the whole game until McElroy capped off the game winning drive late in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass to Roy Upchurch. Talk about the perfect time to have your only receiving touchdown than to do it to win the game against your rival.


Auburn opened the game with gimmick play after gimmick play, disrupting the Tide defense and opening up to a 14 to 0 lead. However, once the game slowed down the Tide took over answering back with 14 unanswered points and tying the game going into the half. Again, it wasn’t until the last possession did it seem Alabama had the upper hand.


Auburn out rushed the Tide, however it was Greg McElroy and his 218 yards and 2 touchdowns that were the difference. He completed 21 of his 31 passes and had no interceptions on the day. The game leading rusher was surprisingly a wide receiver who sprinted for 67 yards on a reverse for the Tigers in the first quarter.


As for the competition for the best running back in the state. Auburn’s Ben Tate and Bama’s Mark Ingram had quiet games, which opened the door for the debate to continue.

While Bama was taken by surprise in the first quarter, once the defense settled in and the offense started to warm up, the Tide maintained it state superiority and now has the state bragging rights for another year.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ingram Makes the Cover of SI


Mark Ingram will be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. Issues should hit stands today. Congrats Mark!

Weekend Preview: Auburn Tigers


Weekend Preview: Auburn Tigers

The Iron Bowl is finally here. The Crimson Tide will travel down to the plains to go up against their in-state rival the Auburn Tigers. Last year at home Alabama was finally able to break the losing streak against the tiger convincingly as they beat them 36 to 0, which is the largest margin of victory in the rivalry since 1962. The Tide comes in 11-0 to face the 7-4 Tigers who would love nothing more to ruin the Tide’s perfect season. However, as we all know, this Friday the records of the two teams will both go out of the window and both will probably play one of their best games of the season.

The Tigers have played well at home with a record of 6-1 in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Their only lose coming when they hosted the Kentucky Wildcats, losing 21-14.

By the numbers, on offense Auburn averages more Total Yards, Passing Yards, and Points Scored. Alabama only has a slight edge on the ground. Here is how the number break down. How the two teams rank in the NCAA is in parenthesis.

Total Yards:
Alabama: 418 yards per game (30)
Auburn: 441.5 yards per game (16)

Passing Yards:
Alabama: 198 yards per game (96)
Auburn: 234.7 yards per game (54)

Rushing Yards:
Alabama: 225 yards per game (10)
Auburn: 219.5 yards per game (11)

Points Scored:
Alabama: 32.2 points per game (24)
Auburn: 34 points per game (15)

While on paper, the offensive edge goes to Auburn in most categories, there is no question that while their numbers are good on paper, the defenses that they have faced are nowhere near the caliber that they will face Friday. And I don’t think anyone would take their offense over the Tide’s.

On Defense, the numbers are reversed as we would expect. The Tiger’s defense doesn’t have the depth or the talent as the one that will be on the other sideline this Friday.

With their running back talking trash and their defensive coordinator blabbing about how they plan to make sure Ingram doesn’t win the Heisman against them. The Tigers better come to play, because we know the Tide sure will.

We will break down the game further later in the week.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tide Players Looking to Set Records:

There are a few Tide players looking to add their names to the record books. They include Mark Ingram, Javier Arenas and Leigh Tiffin.

Mark Ingram is no stranger to hearing how great his season is going. He is the first Alabama candidate for the Heisman trophy in some time and has already broke one Alabama rushing record this season. He rushed for 246 yards against South Carolina earlier in the season to set the new record for rushing yards in a game at Bryant Denny Stadium. Now, after rushing for 102 yards last weekend against UTC, he now has the Alabama record for most rushing yards in a season. He passed both Glenn Coffee and Alabama great Shaun Alexander on Saturday, both had 1,383 in their respective seasons. Ingram who now has 1,399 yards is now in 2nd place behind Bobby Humphrey who rushed for 1,471 yards in 1986. He now only trails him by 72 yards, which given the way he has been running the ball, should be easily in reach this weekend against Auburn. He passed both Glenn Coffee and Alabama great Shaun Alexander on Saturday, both had 1,383 in their respective seasons.

Javier Arenas, who may be the fan favorite on the field, broke the SEC record for punts returned for a touchdown in a career with his 7th career touchdown Saturday against UTC. His 66 yard sprint lifted all 92,012 fans at Bryant Denny out of their seats. Now in his sites are two more punt return records. With his 1,658 punt return yards, he is only 37 yards behind Vandy’s Lee Nalley for the SEC career punt return yards and 103 yards back of Texas Tech’s Wes Welker and his NCAA record with 1,761 yards. Though he has been quiet in the return arena lately due to his game changing ability, Saturday’s 68 yard performance puts him back the hunt for the records. It will all come down to whether teams are willing to give him a chance in the remaining games of the season.
Alabama’s place kicker Leigh Tiffin has had an All-American season as well. However, as most kickers do, his season and achievements have gone under the radar. This weekend Leigh kicked his 25th field goal of the season and the 78th field goal of his career. It tied him as the Tide’s all time place kicker both for a season and career tying him with Phillip Doyle. He has already broken the Alabama all time scoring mark when he scored his 347 point against LSU this year. This year has been his best by far. He has made 25 of his 28 field goal attempts, and made 34 of his 36 extra points. As it stands now, Leigh is 6 field goals shy of the NCAA single season record and only 9 shy of the NCAA career field goal number. With three games to go including the SEC Championship and bowl game, he should have a good chance at both records. He is also a semifinalist for the Lou Groza award, which goes to the nation’s top place kicker every year.


While all of these guys are having unbelievable season personally, the best part is that each of them credit their teammates for helping them with their success and stats. So let’s hope these guys get a chance to add their names to the record books as the season comes to an end.

Monday, November 23, 2009

BCS Top Ten

Here is how the top ten of the BCS Standings looks after this weekend. No real changes in the top ten except after losing this weekend, LSU falls from 8th to 15th.

  1. Florida
  2. Alabama
  3. Texas
  4. TCU
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Boise State
  7. Georgia Tech
  8. Oregon
  9. Pittsburgh
  10. Ohio State

BAMA vs. UTC Highlights

Here is the highlight video of Saturday's game vs. UTC courtesy of Mr. UA Football!!!



Roll Tide!!!

Seniors Leave Mark on Senior Day

On Saturday, the Crimson Tide hosted the UTC Mocs at Bryant Denny Stadium. The game was sealed by halftime with the Tide leading 35-0. Mark Ingram added to his Heisman resume with 102 yards and 2 touchdowns, and once again Greg McElroy and Julio Jones connected a few times for some highlights of their own. The real story was the seniors of the team who may have played their best games in their final one at Bryant Denny Stadium.

Senior Cory Reamer who has seen significant playing time with the loss of Donte Hightower this season, had his first interception of his career in front of the home crowd and family. Not only was it his last game at Bryant Denny, it was his final play there as well.

Senior Javier Arenas also had an interception in his final game at Bryant Denny. However, his highlights came as he returned a UTC punt 66 yards for a touchdown breaking the SEC record for career punt returns for a touchdown.

Arenas wasn't the only senior on special teams to put him name in the record book. Alabama's kicker Leigh Tiffin also tied two of the Crimson Tide's school records for field goals in a season and field goals in a career. Tiffin's 41 yard field goal on Saturday was his 25 this season and 78 in his career.

Overall, the game went as planned for the Tide, and probably as good as a last home game could for the Tide's seniors.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Halftime Stats: UA vs. UTC

It halftime in Tuscaloosa and the game is going the way everyone thought it would. The Tide lead UTC 35-0 and the seniors putting up big games in their last game at Bryant Denny. Here are some of the notable stats from the first half.

Offense:
Greg McElroy: 6 of 11 passes, 80 yards, 1 TD
Mark Ingram: 11 carries, 102 yards, 2 TD
Julio Jones: 3 Receptions, 65 yards, 1 TD
Trent Richardson: 7 carries, 49 yards, 1 TD

Defense:
Javier Arenas: 2 punt returns, 68 yards, 1TD, 1 INT
Corey Reemer: 1 INT

I would think that the starters are done for the day, so looks like we will see Star Jackson and more of Trent Richardson in the second half. Roll Tide.

Friday, November 20, 2009

McClain Honored as Finalist

The field for the 2009 Butkus Award has been dwindled down to five. And after getting shafted by not making the cut for the top defensive player of the year, Alabama's Rolando McClain has been named as one of the top five for the linebacker of the year award. Two other SEC linebackers made the cut. They are South Carolina's Eric Norwood and Florida's Brandon Spikes. Looks like they may need a new trophy case in Tuscaloosa after this season it over.

Reasons Why Mark Ingram is BETTER than Ben Tate

Auburn's Ben Tate has successfully put his foot in his mouth after rambling to reporters last weekend before Auburn's game vs. UGA.

Tate said, “I know I’m the best back in the state,” Tate told the network. “I bet if you went and broke down film and asked teams in the SEC who is the best back in the state, I feel like it’s me.”

While we don't know what world he is living in to think he even comes close to the talent of Ingram, the rest of us who watch college football can easily see the wide gap between the two. And while Ingram is too much of a class act to respond to Tate's words, it is up to us to do it for him and enlighten Tate as to why he can't even be mentioned along side of Ingram when it comes to talent.

So here are Five little stats that are definitely in Ingram's favor:

1. Total Yards Rushing: Not only does Ingram have the edge here, but he leads the SEC in total yards this season at 1,297. If you look to third in the conference you'll find Tate with 1,142 total yards so far this season.

Ingram 1- Tate 0

2. Average Yards Per Game: Again, at the top of the list you'll find Ingram averaging 129.7 yards per game compared to Tate's 114.2 yards per game. Tate is again third on that list.

Ingram 2- Tate 0

3. Rushing Touchdowns: Ingram actually is not alone at the top of this list, he is tied at 10 rushing touchdowns with Florida's Tim Tebow. Tied at third again with Ole Miss's Dexter McCluster is Tate with 8 rushing touchdowns.

Ingram 3- Tate 0

4. Average Yards Per Carry: While not at the top of the list Mark Ingram comes in second only to McCluster's 7.1 yards per carry at 6.7 yards per carry to his name. Tate comes in carrying the rock on average 5.6 yards per carry.

Ingram 4- Tate 0

5. Receiving Yards and Touchdowns: Ingram has 25 receptions for 225 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air. Tate on the other hand has caught 16 passes for 88 yards and no touchdowns.

Ingram 5- Tate 0

By the way Ingram has done all of this on 197 carries while Tate has carried the ball 205 times. I guess Tate get half a point for getting the most carries of the two.

If that is not enough let's look at how the two did against the same opponents defenses. Alabama have both played 6 of the same SEC teams this season. They are Arkansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee, LSU, and Mississippi State.

Arkansas:
Ingram: 17 carries/50 yards/ 1 TD
Tate: 22/184/2

Ingram 5- Tate 1

Kentucky:
Ingram: 22 carries/ 140 yards/ 2 TD
Tate: 31 carries/ 132/ 1TD

Ingram 6- Tate 1

Ole Miss:
Ingram: 28 carries/ 172 yards/ 1 TD
Tate: 25 carries/ 144 yards/ 1 TD

Ingram 7- Tate 1

Tennessee:
Ingram: 18 carries/ 99 yards/ 0 TD
Tate: 25 carries/ 128 yards/ 1 TD

Ingram 7- Tate 2

LSU:
Ingram: 22 carries/ 144 yards/ 0 TD
Tate: 18 carries/ 67 yards/ 0 TD

Ingram 8- Tate 2

Mississippi State:
Ingram: 19 carries/ 149 yards/ 2 TD
Tate: 20 carries/ 157 yards/ 1 TD

With this one it could be a close tie, but the tie breaker for the Miss. State game has to be Ingram's 4 receptions for 66 yards and another TD.

Final Score: Ingram 9- Tate 2

Game, Set, Match!!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Terrence Cody Named as Finalist


Terrence Cody has moved one step closer to winning the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded to the best defensive player in college football. Of the five finalist, Cody joins Tennessee's Eric Berry as the only SEC players on the list. Unfortunately, when the finalist were released, Alabama's linebacker Rolando McClain was not among those listed. Cody and his counterparts will find out the winner on December 7th.

Vote for Nick Saban in Coach of the Year


Coach Nick Saban has been nominated for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. This is a completely fan poll online, so let's make sure he wins!!!

Fans can vote no more that one time a day at http://www.coachoftheyear.com/.

The winner of the award wins $50,000 for his favorite charity and the school of the winning coach recieves a $20,000 donation for their Alumni Association to fund scholarships.

So get to the polls Tide Fans!!!!

Last Home Stand


The #2 team in the land will host UT Chattanooga this weekend in their last home game of the season. The Mocs bring their 2-3 road record into Bryant Denny hoping to pull off a miracle. However, in this game I don’t see any chances of an App. State vs. Michigan a few seasons ago. Alabama has won all of the 10 meetings with UTC, and this is the first time the two teams have played in 50 year. This is also Alabama’s last non conference game until bowl season. In non conference games this season, the Tide have scored 127 points and only allowed 45. Even with the Moc’s QB B.J. Coleman (ex. Tennessee player) coming off a career game in a loss to the Citadel last weekend, BAMA’s defense is going to have a field day with this one. The Mocs will be no competition for these guys due to the depth and level of talent Alabama’s defense presents. In fact, UTC’s running back Chris Awuah weighs in at 190 lbs., more that half of Alabama’s nose tackle Terrence Cody. Let’s hope if these two meet that Terrence doesn’t land on him because I doubt Awuah’s spleen and other vital organs could take it.

As for the Tide’s match up on offense. Look for the Tide to score fast with its starters then hopefully thin them out of play in the second half, maybe towards the end of the first. By the end of the game, it should look like the A-day game with both second teams out there preparing for next season. As for Ingram and his Heisman trip, look for him to get his carries in the first half. McElroy and Julio should also connect a few times considering Julio Jones will be too much for anything UTC can throw at him on defense. Star Jackson should see some good playing time, but the thing I am looking the most forward to is seeing Trent Richardson get most of the carries and yards. If things are correct when Mark Ingram said that “ he is further along in his first year than I was at this time,” he should be a force to be reckoned with for the couple of years to come hopefully.

On a last note, the tide will be saying goodbye to 26 seniors this weekend before the game. The complete list provided by rolltide.com is Eryk Anders, Javier Arenas, Alex Benson, Evan Cardwell, Terrence Cody, Drew Davis, Brandon Deaderick, P.J. Fitzgerald, Hampton Gray, Baron Huber, Marquis Johnson, Mike Johnson, Tyrone King, Mike McCoy, Colin Peek, Cory Reamer, Chris Rogers, Brian Selman, Ali Sharrief, Leigh Tiffin, Heath Thomas, Jacob Vane, Roy Upchurch, Byron Walton, Lorenzo Washington and Justin Woodall. Congrats to those guys being honored and thanks for everything.

Prediction: 44-7

The Line is Out

The first betting line is out for the SEC Championship Game on Decemeber 5th between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida Gators. Pinnacle Sportbook has the Gators favored in the game by 3 1/2 points over the Crimson Tide. Last season when these two teams faced off in the Championship, the Gators were favored by 9 and covered the spread beating the Tide 31-20. This season however, if I was a betting man, I would take the points because the Tide is going to take it this year.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

McClain and Ingrarm Named Finalists

Rolando McClain and Mark Ingram are both 1 of 15 still in the running for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award. Others include Tim Bebow of Florida, Case Keenum, and Texas' Colt McCoy. The list of 15 will be narrowed down to 5 finalists on December 2nd.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Weekend Preview: UTC Mocs

The Crimson Tide will host the UTC Mocs at home this weekend for the last game this season at Bryant Denny Stadium. The Mocs, coming from the SECON conference bring their 6-4 record for what is their last game of the season as well. Luckily for them, win or lose, they’ll be taking a check for $400,000 back to Chattanooga with them.

First let’s look at the Moc’s by the numbers, courtesy of the UTC Athletics site:

UTC Offense:
Points per Game: 23.6
Rushing Yards per Game: 88
Receiving Yards per Game: 234.4
Total Offense per Game: 323.6

UTC Defense:
Points per Game Allowed: 23.8
Rushing Yards per Game Allowed: 132.4
Receiving Yards per Game Allowed: 163.9
Total Offense Allowed: 296.3

Key Players:
QB:
B.J. Coleman
6’-5’’ 210 So.
58.5 % completion % 2312 yards 17 TD’s/7 Int’s 231.2 yards per game

RB:
Chris Awuah
5’-4’’ 190 Fr.
505 yards 147 att. 4TD’s 45.4 yards per game

WR:
Blue Cooper
6’-4’’ 200 Sr.
817 yards 7TD’s 81.7 yards per game

Game Time: 12:21 EST
TV: SEC Network

Breaking Down the Heisman Race


After 11 weeks in the season, the Tide is 10-0 and have their best chance to have a player win the Heisman in a long time. So let's try and breakdown the front runners to New York.


1. Mark Ingram: I'll try to keep this as unbiased as I can. Ingram has rushed for 1287 yards this season scoring 10 rushing touchdowns. He has also caught 3 touchdowns and has 225 yards receiving this season. Last week against Miss. State he rushed for 2 touchdowns carrying for 149 yards on 19 carries, including a career long 70 yard outbreak late to seal the game for the Tide.


2. Case Keeman: Case has so far lead his Houston Cougars to an 8-2 season throwing for 4,194 yards and 31 touchdowns. He has thrown 6 picks and has a completion % of 68.7. He has has 3 rushing touchdowns to his name.


3. Tim Tebow: We all know Tim can play, hell he has already won one trophy. However, his stats that got him there a couple of years ago just aren't there this season, but again his Florida team is also undefeated and playing for another SEC Championship in as many years. He has thrown for 1,720 yards and has 12 touchdowns through the air and 10 on the ground. He has completed 64.6% of his passes and has a QB rating of 154.


4. Colt McCoy: Leading another unbeaten Texas team, McCoy has thrown for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns. He only had 4 interceptions and has a passer rating of 148. Texas has already made it through the toughest part of their season and he should easily be able to pad any stats he needs to down the stretch.


5. CJ Spiller: Just added to the top 5 by ESPN, last week Spiller ran for, threw, and caught a touchdown. Not a bad day a the office. He has rushed for 836 yards this year for 6 touchdowns. He also has 4 receiving touchdowns to his name.


So there they are, the top five. While we expected Tebow and McCoy to be there. I think Keeman and Mark Ingram have been a surprise for voters. I think it will come down to who takes their team the furthest this season, whether it is a conference championship that will decide or if it comes down to who lifts the crystal ball, I would expect the winner to be the one who helps his team separate from the pack. I think Ingram is a lock for the trip to New York, though the team will have to get him over the top in the voting.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Highlight Video from Mississippi State

Here is a highlight video of the Alabama vs. Mississippit State Game.

BCS Standings

Here is the Top 5 in the BCS standings as of Nov. 15th:

  1. Florida
  2. Alabama
  3. Texas
  4. TCU
  5. Cincinnati

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Alabama Continues Perfect Run at Miss. State


Alabama continued their perfect season this weekend at Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide put up the most points since their game against Kentucky, winning 31 to 3. The offense was unstoppable, and the defense was as suffocating as always. Greg McElroy threw for 192 yards on 13 passes for two touchdowns, including a 48 yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones in the start of the fourth quarter. Mark Ingram added to his Heisman trophy resume, rushing for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns of his own. He also added to his total of rushes over 15 yards with a sprint for 70 yards, his longest rush in his career. The defense again proved it one of the best in the country, only allowing Mississippi State's offense 3 points and the fifth time this season they have kept an opponent in single digits. They only allowed 212 yards of total offense, and was dominating on every level. Mark Barron had his 2 interceptions, putting his SEC leading total to 6. The other star of the evening on defense was cornerback Marquis Johnson, who seemed to break up the pass every time State tried to throw against him. Let's hope that they can build on this performance leading into the SEC Championship versus Florida in Atlanta.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ingram Makes the Cut


Mark Ingram was chosen as one of the 10 Semi-finalists for the 2009 Doak Walker Award. The award is given to the best running back in college football every year. Ingram has already recorded 11 touchdowns this season (8 rushing/3 recieving) and has gain over 1,100 yards in the season's first 9 games. Averaging 127.6 yards per game, look for him to add to his totals this weekend against Mississippi State.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bama is hitting hard!!!

Looks like the football team that is laying licks. Check out Big Al on this play.



Enjoy!!!

Destination: StarkVegas!!! Bring Your Cowbells!!!

The Tide will be heading down to Mississippi for the second time this season when they head to Starkville to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Emotions will still be high coming off the much needed victory against the LSU Tigers last weekend at Bryant Denny. For the Bulldogs, they will be coming off a bye and hoping to ruin Bama's perfect season.
While I don't believe in so called trap games, but the Bulldogs will definitely be bringing their A-Game. However, I think the depth and talent of the Tide will overcome emotions at the beginning of the game and will prevail. Look for Ingram to add to his Heisman numbers, and I expect both Greg and Julio to have big games and a couple of big plays in the passing game. The defense we know will create havoc for the bulldog offense, and there is no question which team will have the best coach on the sideline. For all those heading down, have a fun and safe weekend.

Prediction: Alabama WINS 31-10

Roll Tide!!!

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