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It comes down to our offense, IMO. Just like the previous two games did.
If we don't turn the ball over or fail to convert third downs, we will win.
No, our defense isn't as good as we thought but it is plenty good enough if our offense comes through.
The first was horrid. That is a completion and Alabama has a first down. In the least A&M is penned deep, but instead
A&M gets it on their 40 and keeps the defense reeling, as they score their second TD.
On the second turnover, TJ is in field goal range already. It's likely to be 23-20, assuming the drive stalls there. Instead, it opens the floodgates again and A&M scores another TD.
Honestly, if not for those turnovers Alabama might have won by double digits. A&M got half their points off those turnovers, and that's not taking into account what it did to Alabama's momentum and their chances to score.
ROLL TIDE ROLL!
I really think the biggest issues are personnel based than mentally based. You can make a lot in college by being intense and focused but you avoid these sort of games truly by being sound across the board. Saban has said before you can't get a team's best performance more than a few times a year, so he tries to make up for that by getting his teams executing almost off muscle memory. So even if they aren't at the intensity level he'd like, they are still confident in what they are seeing and what they need to do to stop it.
This is where the youth is showing up on offense and defense. Yeldon has lost the ball twice - though one was a bad handoff perhaps - in consecutive weeks; first time starters are getting lost a bit in their assignments. Intensity growing from the end of the first onward helped get Alabama back into the game but they weren't executing with consistency to seal the deal. Granted intensity and focus might have staved off that first quarter onslaught but truly it was exploitation of weaknesses that got us in that hole.
The thing is, though I might be a little frank with our deficiencies, all teams have areas they're trying to mask...even the undefeated teams. There have been very few undefeated teams that were truly untouchable by anyone in football. Usually they missed out on some team that matched up well, they got a few bounces, or other parts of their squad overwhelmed any other deficiency. Unless you're 2001 Miami or 1995 Nebraska, every national champion had some things that could have damned them but it simply never materialized or they got a little fortunate. Alabama has the tools to overcome their deficiencies and win the state, division, and conference. I think it starts with us reasserting "Alabama football" on the offensive side of the ball. We need to limit opponent's possession through the run game. We need to get back to mentality that sometimes we have to run when they look like they're playing the run to make a statement instead of simply checking into a pass play. The defense needs the front seven to assert themselves on the game and help their teammates in the secondary. They've put those guys into tough situations the last few weeks by poor tackling and ineffective pressure.
We're not going to get better by hoping a deficiency this late in the season repairs itself. We're going to win by doing what we are suppose to be great at doing and maybe even a little better.
oops got marlon and rontavious wooten mixed up.
Gurley I think (#3) reminds me so much of Trent when he was a freshman. Looks like him, runs like him, the whole package.
I think yall will have to bring youre A game in order to beat us. I KNOW we are going to have to have our best effort of the season to win against alabama. If we can establish the run,hold our own in the trenches(up front)take care of the ball and keep the penalties to a minimum we should be in good shape. That being said i dont think alabama will make the kind of mistakes against us they made against texas a and m. I strongly believe that if alabamas special teams doesnt commit that penalty at the end of the game against a and m saturday bamas still undefeated today. Honestly i think whoever wins the battle up front,establishes the run and does the better job taking care of the ball wins. We have two sensational,explosive running backs(todd gurley,keith marshall)and so do yall(eddie lacy,tj yeldon). I definitely dont think this game is a blowout either way.