I do think ND will test us in the Red Zone, a place we've struggled the second half of the season, because they just simply don't let teams cross the goal line.
If we can keep their safeties back in zone coverage via a passing threat...we will be able to beat them on the ground. AJ's going to have to be efficient more than anything tonight...and if they cheat up and stack the box...he'll need that deep ball to be accurate to make them pay. Nothing new really...just Alabama football.
I remember my first game as a child and the amazing feeling I got when I first walked into Bryant-Denny. I still get that same feeling every single game.
ROLL TIDE ROLL - over every dome you encounter tonight!
Looking forward to the game - enjoy - you have earned this!
I may eat my words, but here are my keys to the game
1) Depth- all this talk about how good the ND Dline is, but the real question is how good are their backups? I think we see this show up in the 2nd half as we have a much deeper rotation. It will be humid down there in Miami even at night and they are not used to playing in these conditions. This is where we have a decided advantage.
2) Officiating- We all know that ND get the calls at home or they wouldn't be in Miami. Lets hope the officiating is at least close to fair or the zebras could have a huge bearing on the outcome.
3) Team speed- I do not think ND has seen a team with the speed our guys have on both sides of the ball. They have a size advantage on the defensive line, but are they going to be able to catch a TJ or Eddie in space? I think not.
4) QB's- We have a QB with experience in this game, and they have a RS freshman who has never played in this type atmosphere.
LOL me too...I am at work, but not much work being done. I'm not nervous yet but my mind keeps wandering to the game.
This is an epic, grand-daddy of them all type matchup we may not see again for a while.
I expect BAMA will be focused and ready for the challenge that ND will bring. ND will be hungry, they haven't been in this position for years and years; Bama is in familiar territory trying to repeat and make history. I'm hoping our guys will be able to overcome the external pressures of all that, find their groove, and just play their best.
The teacher next door just came by in his Kelly green sweater (yeah, he's a barner.) HE said he sees this game going the same way the '09 Sugar Bowl went because we're cocky and think we can't be beat and ND has nothing to lose. He also said he thinks "Nick" sent those two guys home as a message to our guys that they better stop partying and begin to focus. I pointed out that in '09, we had championship hopes lost when Florida beat us in the SEC game, we were without a valuable part of our line (Andre Smith), and that it was a decision by the PLAYERS to send those guys home, not "Nick". He looked at me like I had horns growing from my head. I hate barners. Please, God, open up an opportunity for me to get farther away from that horrid place.
"If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride--and never quit--you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards." Coach Paul Bryant
A couple of thundering 25 to 30 yard td runs by Eddie will take care of their red zone shutdown zone. I see Eddie and T.J. having a field day tonight.
Send me up some Pibb Extra and Golden Flake potato chips please
I'm sure it's all been hashed over already but just throwing it out there.
Comparing some season scoring notes for both teams:
Alabama's offense has scored 500 points and the Bama defense has given up 139 points.
Red Zone scoring - 89% all games, 80% vs. ranked teams(AP)
Notre Dame's offense has scored 321 points and their Defense has given up 124 points.
Red zone scoring - 79 % all games, 72% vs ranked teams(AP)
I'm not a big fan of opposing fans coming on ND sites and being all "Bromantic" and "lovey dovey" wishing ND fans luck. I think it is annoying. That being said---I dont wish Bama or you any luck, you dont need it. I hope every fumble falls into NDs hands.
Only thing I can hope is that I am not in bed by mid-3rd quarter (Even though, if is a blowout I prob wont be in bed due to message boards). I hope ND doesnt get the wheels blown off them in the first 10 minutes. I hope that I see a few pigs fly--and then Bama turns the ball over and commits penalties. I hope ND plays pretty much as perfect as A&M did.
I do hope for an injury free game and that the refs dont screw anything up to cause any sort of controversey.
(ducking for cover)
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