It was a great Saturday to park On The Couch for some – well, scratch that, make it a whole bunch - of college football. The Alabama Crimson Tide turned in what was possibly the most impressive performance yet in an impressive season, with a dominant road win over a ranked SEC foe. And there was more good football later at night (at least here in California) to make the savoring of this fun, fun game even a bit more pleasant.
What was so impressive about it? Let’s talk about that.
Despite the threat of inclimate weather in Tuscaloosa today, the Crimson Tide football team practiced outside. The Tide was in full pads for day two of its prep for Homecoming and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
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The Alabama football team began preparations for the South Carolina Gamecocks on Monday. The rain forced Bama into the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility, and as is usually the case on Monday, the team practiced in shells.
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While coming back from Oxford last night, every discussion that was had in the vehicle centered on just how much Alabama dominated Ole Miss. A look at the score doesn't really tell the story, though. When you see 22-3, a 19 point differential, the word domination typically doesn't come to mind. If you saw the game, though, I don't know that you could describe it any other way.
I'm doing a bit of lounging before I head out to see the Black Crowes in Birmingham tonight, and a couple of quick notes this afternoon.
First, the Tide has jumped Texas in the AP poll to rise to #2 in the country. Sadly the AP poll is meaningless in the BCS, and Bama is still third in the Coaches' Poll. And, I found out from a friend (thanks Nish) that the Alabama Facebook page has announced kickoff for South Carolina will be at 6:45 pm on ESPN. Don't forget it's homecoming, so tickets could get outrageous.
That was a HUGE win for the Tide yesterday - and the Gamecocks coming to town is no smaller affair. It's the second straight game against a team ranked in the top 25 for Bama.no comments
You get another bonus link this morning in our Guessing Game column. EDSBS drops this gem, showing why they're the class of the internet when it comes to college football. This post contrasting Les Miles and Nick Saban is both incredibly insightful and hilarious. Money quote:
Saban's brand of football, while effective, has the feel of someone killing someone for money; Miles, on the other hand, would be the kind of dashing rooftop chase scene where one opponent, down to their last bullet, kills the villain mid-monologue while clinging one-handed off the nose of a gargoyle. It's fun, but it will take years off your already bourbon and butter-shortened life.
I was a bad Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty away from perfect last week, and vault to the head of the class.
The standings after our second week of scored action are:
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This week's picks after the jump. no comments
The Alabama football team went inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility today for its full pads practice. After a day away from things, I'm back and ready to do my part as a champion... not that I have any real impact on things.
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I'm less enthused than usual about writing From The Couch this week, just because. This was Bama's worst performance of the year, but not so bad as to be scary. Great or really bad play gets me itching to analyze and write. This was middlin', at least for Bama - way better than the Tulane and Utah games last year. Middlin' makes me want to just move on and think about Ole Miss.
But since I love y'all so much, yes, each and every one of you, even Crump, I'm writing this now anyway. Aren't you happy?
OK, maybe not. But let's talk about the game anyway.
This week, we learn some things. Things about LSU and Missouri. Things about Alabama and Auburn.
Should be fun...
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Leave it to nxojkt and U2 to conspire to leave me a day where the media viewing period at practice was short and quiet...
There's not a lot to tell here, to be brutally honest. It's clear that Nick Saban is not terribly interested in serving up what the Tide is up to this weekend. He's got a ton of respect for Houston Nutt (who he allegedly recommended to replace him at LSU when he left for Miami), and Saban's not willing to tip his hand.
We do know a bit... no comments