The Alabama football team was in full pads again today as it continued its preparation for Florida International. The squad was able to wrap up practice just prior to a late afternoon thunderstorm in Tuscaloosa.
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So little time this week – so much to do.
I’m fearful I’ve missed the Blogpoll deadline. If so, then, well, this is what I would have voted if I wasn’t so busy this week! No time for further comment – except to say that big changes are coming soon to the BSR. Stay tuned.
Open season in Atlanta with a win. Check. Open season with a win against an ACC team. Check. Open season scoring 34 points. Check. Ho hum. Saturday’s victory against Virginia Tech in Hotlanta might not have been as big of a surprise as last year’s over Clemson but it was arguably a bigger win.
This 2009 Hokie squad is clearly better than the 2008 Tigers if for no other reason they didn’t lay down after falling behind.
Just like last year, I will be pointing out some players who were instrumental in the Tide’s victory (or loss) that might not be getting as much credit as they deserve. This week I give you three such players:
The Alabama team was back in full pads for Tuesday's practice. With Monday having been spent on correcting mistakes made in Saturday's game, today was full-on preparation for Florida International. After having spent the entire week last week inside the Hank W. Crisp Indoor Practice Facility to prepare for playing in the Georgia Dome, the team has been outside this week.
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Merry 2009 football season, boys and girls. From The Couch is back for another few months of stale, wordy analysis, but you'll probably like it anyway because it's about Bama football!
Before plunging in, let me tell you about the format change we're going to try this year. Basically, the position-by-position rundown is kaput, vamoosed, finis, which means no more paragraphs about the tight ends when I have nothing at all to say about tight ends.
Instead, I'll just post a bunch of blurbs about stuff I noticed. In the best of all possible worlds, the blurbs would be well-organized; in this world, we'll see.
So let's have at it.
Everything looked to be setting up for an abysmal week one. Bama was looking to start a new quarterback, behind an offensive line with three new starters, with a new running back... and facing a perennially great defensive team in Virginia Tech.
The result? A measly 34 points and 498 yards of total offense.
Alabama hit the practice field on Monday, and for the first time, had actual game mistakes to fix. While Nick Saban has made it adament that he takes Florida International as a threat, fixing the mistakes made in the Virginia Tech game will be paramount for the Tide at practice this week. As is usually the case on Monday, the Tide was in shells.
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We'll have more coverage of Bama's 34-24 win over Virginia Tech in the coming days. I'm still in Atlanta through tomorrow, and Ell and Crump are on their way home today. Needless to say, we're all a little tired.
Having said that, my very simple analysis is that this is a very, very good Alabama football team. Bama ran up 498 yards of total offense against a defense that is expected to be among the nation's best. The Tide also held an explosive offense to 155 total yards.
There is a lot for the team to improve on, since the game was kept close mostly by Bama's mistakes. But Alabama handily beat a very good football team on Saturday. And that gives me reason to believe that 2009 should be a very good year.no comments
It has arrived.
We have links for your enjoyment this morning:
- As we're in Atlanta, it seems only right that we'd note that John Parker Wilson looks to be on track to make the Falcons. Congrats to JPW and good luck.
- More information continues to come out about Curtis Anderson. There's absolutely nothing good that can come from this. Nothing.
- Javier Arenas has been nominated for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award - for excellence on and off the field.
- Roll Bama Roll wraps up a great week of analysis with their final analysis on the Hokies. Great series of posts, guys.
We've seen the first action of the season. Gameday for the Tide begins in less than 24 hours. I'm headed to Atlanta just after lunch. All is right with the world.
You've seen our picks, and this afternoon, I'll give you a glimpse of what I see in store for the season. We'll also give you all the news from Atlanta - the team is flying over today.
Here's your last batch of links for the week: