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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Saban did hint that he thought not playing Geno Smith more early in the season was a bad decision. They exploited some issues with our nickel defense which weren't exactly unknown going into the game. McCarron had a bad first half, they exploited our 3 safety nickel until Saban took it off the field. We steadied our defense enough to give us a chance with a true 3 corner nickel but too much damage was done to dig out of the hole.

    We learned from the mistake, Geno stepped up down the stretch, and we got good enough in the secondary to not get completely decimated by the best passing offense in the SEC (UGA) in the conference title game. I think we should be better equipped to handle them next year.

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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by rgw View Post
    Matthews could have probably went in the lower part of the first round this year. I think he stayed to play LT for a season and get into the top 10 picks. The big reason why I like our chances in this game is because I think the perimeter of our front seven is going to be much more experienced next season. Also, we have the whole off-season to prep for our first two teams which have mobility at QB...and we get a bye before TAMU to further prep on Manziel specifically.

    They lose a good bit at WR and the OL, but they seem to have good interior OL depth and Evans looks like a stud at WR himself. They're going to be good but I think we have more of the external/scheduling factors in our favor this time around. I'd much rather have MSU on post-LSU letdown week than a team with a lively offense.
    Thanks for the kind words. Coming from the Big 12, I never remember opposing teams putting so much emphasis on scheduling an off week before a particular game. That apparently is something that is a big part of the Alabama strategy, since such a large percentage of the fans bring it up. Has it always been that way or something that is Saban specific? I haven't been on other SEC team boards, so I don't know if they talk about their teams off weeks in the same way. Only on this board because I live in Alabama.

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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by selmaborntidefan View Post
    Yes. Do you honestly think he watched nine game films between Saturday night in Baton Rouge and Saturday afternoon?
    Actually there are YouTube videos out there of Saban talking before and after the A&M game where it is apparent that he had watched game films. My statements were rhetorical.

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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Couple of years back we had six teams have the week off before playing us.Yes it makes a difference in the SEC after the first month.

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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Emphatic NO! Year before last, when we lost three games, six of the teams we played had open dates before us. We raised so much hell that the SEC office was forced into remedying the situation..

    Quote Originally Posted by AggieMom View Post
    Thanks for the kind words. Coming from the Big 12, I never remember opposing teams putting so much emphasis on scheduling an off week before a particular game. That apparently is something that is a big part of the Alabama strategy, since such a large percentage of the fans bring it up. Has it always been that way or something that is Saban specific? I haven't been on other SEC team boards, so I don't know if they talk about their teams off weeks in the same way. Only on this board because I live in Alabama.
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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by selmaborntidefan View Post
    Yes. Do you honestly think he watched nine game films between Saturday night in Baton Rouge and Saturday afternoon?
    If Saban was "taken by surprise" as you seem to think he was by J. Manziel than all of the blame for the loss should be on the coaching staff...

    Of course I know this was not the case...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    Emphatic NO! Year before last, when we lost three games, six of the teams we played had open dates before us. We raised so much hell that the SEC office was forced into remedying the situation..
    I guess I thought scheduling was done "blindly". Are you saying that isn't so?

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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by AggieMom View Post
    Actually there are YouTube videos out there of Saban talking before and after the A&M game where it is apparent that he had watched game films. My statements were rhetorical.
    JM at the beginning of the season was not the same player as he was as the season wore on. We made some mistakes and you got some very fortunate ball bounces. I've never in my life seen a ball fumbled straight up in the air return to the QB in time for him to find an open man. I have no doubt AJ, as well as many other good QBs can make that throw, when the receiver is standing open at the back of the EZ. Next season's game will more resemble the last three quarters of this season, rather than the first quarter...
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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by AggieMom View Post
    I guess I thought scheduling was done "blindly". Are you saying that isn't so?
    Roy Kramer was the SEC Executive Director before Slive and absolutely hated Bama with a vitriolic intensity. As soon as he could after retirement, he hied himself to Maryville, TN. While he was still directing the SEC, he served on the search committee for the next UT basketball coach, if that gives you a sense of his bias. The conference schedule is made several years in advance and 2010 was his last chance to screw Bama and he succeeded. That team had more talent than the next two national champs. After 2010, the changes to the schedule started to make things more equitable...
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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    Roy Kramer was the SEC Executive Director before Slive and absolutely hated Bama with a vitriolic intensity. As soon as he could after retirement, he hied himself to Maryville, TN. While he was still directing the SEC, he served on the search committee for the next UT basketball coach, if that gives you a sense of his bias. The conference schedule is made several years in advance and 2010 was his last chance to screw Bama and he succeeded. That team had more talent than the next two national champs. After 2010, the changes to the schedule started to make things more equitable...
    Wouldn't it be "more equitable" if it were done "blindly"?

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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by AggieMom View Post
    Wouldn't it be "more equitable" if it were done "blindly"?
    The glaring inequities towards Bama, which got a lot of national press you weren't paying attention to, couldn't have been corrected "blindly." In fact, I'm not sure I know what "blindly" even means - pieces of paper in a basket?
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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    JM at the beginning of the season was not the same player as he was as the season wore on. We made some mistakes and you got some very fortunate ball bounces. I've never in my life seen a ball fumbled straight up in the air return to the QB in time for him to find an open man. I have no doubt AJ, as well as many other good QBs can make that throw, when the receiver is standing open at the back of the EZ. Next season's game will more resemble the last three quarters of this season, rather than the first quarter...
    The Saban YouTube videos were from the week between LSU and aTm game and immediately after the aTm game. I think everyone was amazed at JM's good fortune with the fumbled ball, but many were also amazed at his ability to "keep his wits about him" as Danielson said. As Rasputin pointed out, I don't think anyone thinks that Saban was surprised by JM.

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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    The glaring inequities towards Bama, which got a lot of national press you weren't paying attention to, couldn't have been corrected "blindly." In fact, I'm not sure I know what "blindly" even means - pieces of paper in a basket?
    Well I would say "blindly" means where one team wasn't given a more favorable schedule even if it was to make up for past "inequities". I guess it is a moot point though with me, since i don't see an off week as that much of an advantage in the second week of the season. Sorry, even though I lived in Alabama at the time in question, I didn't follow Alabama football. Always followed the Aggies.
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