Happy Friday everyone. Alabama hosts Vanderbilt tomorrow night, as you well know. Your previews:
Of course, Alabama did not appear as usual in attack. The Texas game’s problems have yet to be resolved – there have been unusual penalties, the racing game isn’t moving into top gear yet, and Bryce Young may be getting a little more help from his receivers.
But the economy of scale that exists between an Alabama team not playing to its potential and a Vanderbilt team doing better than expected is still as wide a gap as there is in the SEC.
College Football HQ Prediction: Alabama 45, Vanderbilt 10
Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-0) to Alabama (3-0, 0-0), 6:30 pm CDT on SEC Network. Alabama -40 1/2, or 58. This is the third time this season Alabama has been favored by 40 points or more. Previous results, Crimson Tide wins by 55 and 56 points. We can see Vandy having to bet a lot, as well as Louisiana-Monroe. This “challenge” may not be as one-sided as Utah State and ULM, but it won’t be close either. READY: Alabama 42, Vanderbilt 0.
It’s hard to argue with a 3-0 start and a win with a combined score of 139-26, but the Tides weren’t razor sharp. You know how this program works – it’s all about working on the little things and there’s still a lot to do.
There will be no loss of focus here for the hosts. The process will not allow it.
The offense will continue to try to get the ball out onto the pitch with bigger plays and sharper units, but it will be the defense that will make it a blast.
Vanderbilt will be without offensive lineman Xavier Castillo on Saturday and Jaylen Mahoney will likely be unsecured as well – Lea called Mahoney “dubious” on Thursday.
Running back Rocko Griffin and guard Ben Cox are questionable. On the plus side, running back Patrick Smith, wide receiver Gamarion Carter and cornerback Trudell Berry will all return from disqualification.
Alabama 49, Vanderbilt 7: Vanderbilt’s most explosive offense will be able to score in Alabama this time around, but it won’t be close enough to hold one of the best teams in the country.
The latest is from Tennessee. Being without both starting guards would be a problem for an already overwhelmed team of Commodores. In years past this would have been a game that Tide would use to work on the passing game, hoping to get the score comfortable enough so that key backups could get a lot of game repetitions.
We’ll see if that’s really the plan and, if so, how well they’ll execute it.
Saban mentioned in “Hey, coach!” that doesn’t tolerate DBs showing frustration after a missed task.
– “There are three critical factors” in a defensive defense: deep ball coverage, tackling when the last line of defense and you have to play man to man “.
– “Everyone is beaten in the secondary,” Saban said explaining how the players have to recover.
– “A good way to get your butt chewed,” Saban said of the “clap” or when a defender loses cover and claps in frustration. Saban said you don’t want to let the other team mess up.
I’ve never thought about it, but if you’re trying to mask cover, I guess you wouldn’t want the opponent to know who they knocked out. This is why it can be so difficult for outsiders to evaluate individual defenders. It’s obvious when someone is simply being beaten in man’s cover, but no one outside of the organization can really know when the receivers should be knocked off within a call and when they aren’t.
Saban also talked about the need to get more physical on the offensive line and it looks like we could see a little more rotation on the inside.
“I think the three boys on the inside, when you play in this day and age of football, there are a lot of zone blocks,” Saban said. “So if those guys can’t move the two I’s and the three techniques and at least move them, they can cut the gaps in defense where they don’t give the runner many options. But if your guys on the ground can move those guys, especially the inside ones: the center and two guards. When you slide the ball to the perimeter, the contrast becomes much more important.
“And that’s the thing we’ve been trying to do a better job on is being a little bit more physical on the inside. Some of his staff are very competitive there. Some guys are playing in a more physical way and I think some of the younger players we have are more physical and maybe they can even help us along the way. “
We’ve already seen Tyler Booker. Who knows who else might take a look?
Finally, Mac Jones saw some things.
Before playing for Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots, Mac Jones played for another of football’s gruffest defensive coaches, Nick Saban in Alabama. Jones said he saw RPOs blow Saban due to players missing assignments at times.
“I think it puts a strain on the defense,” Jones said. “I definitely learned in college, just watching coach Saban sometimes explode in practice. He is trying to tell someone to do something, but his boyfriend is following a path. But it is also a race. Is it a passage? So there are a lot of gray areas that are interesting from an offensive perspective. “
RPOs are great as long as you can block the ride on the front. Otherwise, linebackers have little reason to react to the racing action and end up in the fast lanes. Amazing how it all comes back to offensive line play, right?
That’s all for today. Good weekend.
The tide rolls.