31 August 2008
I've spent most of today trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to say about the game. I picked Alabama to win because I truly thought that the Tide would win, but I never imagined that type of win. Trying to put into words what happened is truly difficult. I don't know if I will do this for each week, but for this week I'm going to go position by position and talk about how I saw things.
It's tough to judge a QB isolated from the other offensive positions because so much of what he does is dependant on everyone else. But I will say with confidence that John Parker Wilson
was fantastic. He played the way that you expect a senior quarterback making his 27th consecutive start. He was composed, making very few mistakes.
Much has been about the fact that Alabama totaled better than 40 minutes of time of possession. It is impossible to dominate the clock that much without being great on 3rd down. Bama ended up 11 of 17 on 3rd down, and John Parker's efficiency in those situations was a large part of that - 10 of 13 for 94 yards and a TD. The fact that I can actually remember what his three incompletions were - off of McCoy's finger tips in the end zone, batted down at the line, and just over the head of Marquis Maze - speaks volumes about how effective he was.
He ran the ball well, he threw the ball away when he needed to, and he made good decisions in the pocket. It would be hard for him to play better:
22-30 180 yards, 2TDs - 4 rushes 19 yards, 1TD
What can he improve for next week? His longest completion was 24 yards. Bama only went downfield three times that I can remember, but none of those passes were great. The game plan did not necessarily call for it, but at some point this season it likely will.