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    Link: Interesting CFBCG take from Josh Jacobs

    https://247sports.com/college/alabam...ued-128486119/

    In retrospect, this isn't all that surprising. Still, interesting to hear it from a player.

    In the midst of the writers/talkers celebrating Bama's loss and our hand-wringing over staff turnover, it seems that schedule difficulty/conference affiliation hasn't gotten its full due as a factor in the loss.

    Here's each team's schedule from November on:

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    #3 LSU
    #16 Mississippi State
    Auburn
    Citadel
    #4 UGA (SEC title game)

    Oklahoma
    Clemson


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    Louisville
    #17 BC
    Duke
    SC
    Pitt (ACC title game)

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    Our November is always brutal. Everyone gives us grief about the 1-AA opponent before Auburn, but who else is always playing 3 top 20 level teams every single November? And then following that up with a top 10 opponent the first weekend of December?

    The CFP absolutely hurts Alabama from a fatigue standpoint. They are exhausted by the time the SEC championship game is over. We recover some over December and usually play our 2nd best game of the year in that semi-final bowl game (The best is usually the first game of the season, IMO). But having only a week to prepare for the title game after that semi is never enough and we end up playing barn burners in the title game. This past season, we obviously didn't even mentally make the trip out west.

    Clemson never faces this. And they never will. Should Florida State recover their former glory, and that isn't going to happen within the next 2 or 3 years, that only provides one tough divisional game for Clemson. The Coastal side of the ACC is full of mediocrity. Miami has the history, but that program has so much against it as far as ever regaining what it had in the 80s through the early 2000s. So Clemson is always fresh when the season ends. And then it gets the best draw with a completely over matched Notre Dame in the semi. No, all of this isn't the only reason they won the game like they did. But it certainly helped them.

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    Re: Link: Interesting CFBCG take from Josh Jacobs

    When you have several weeks from the conference title game to the playoffs most of this shouldn't matter.

    Bama had no problem in 2015 navigating the post season.
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    Re: Link: Interesting CFBCG take from Josh Jacobs

    some of Clemson's staff has said similar in private...they believe we were worn and they were fresh

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    Re: Link: Interesting CFBCG take from Josh Jacobs

    Quote Originally Posted by CoachJeff View Post
    When you have several weeks from the conference title game to the playoffs most of this shouldn't matter.

    Bama had no problem in 2015 navigating the post season.
    Yes it did.

    Those weeks help the team recover in time for the semi-final. But you don't truly fully recover from the grind of a football season for several weeks, if not months. This is why Spring practice doesn't happen until, well, the next Spring. So a few weeks off definitely helps in that first bowl game but then you are turning right around and playing another high level opponent a week later. When you are coming off the final quarter season that Alabama is always coming off of, then you are never entering that championship game at anything close to full speed.

    But Alabama did have massive issues navigating that schedule in 2015... While Michigan State seemed like a mere road bump, Clemson in the title game was an epic struggle that we damn near lost if not for that onside kick/Drake KO TD return at just the right time in the game.

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    Our schedule is back-loaded and progressively gets harder as the season goes on. I wish we could do something about it, but some years we manage it with injuries and mental freshness better than others.

    I really wonder about the "leadership" on this team. Leadership doesn't win championships alone, but it's hard to win a NC without leadership. This is just pure speculation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaMoon View Post
    Our schedule is back-loaded and progressively gets harder as the season goes on. I wish we could do something about it, but some years we manage it with injuries and mental freshness better than others.

    I really wonder about the "leadership" on this team. Leadership doesn't win championships alone, but it's hard to win a NC without leadership. This is just pure speculation.
    LSU and MSU didn't used to be good at the same time, so it did not used to be a big deal.

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    We got beat. Check that. We got the hell beat out of us. Regardless of the "real" reasons. The honorable thing to do is simply tip the cap, give Clemson all the credit in the world and move on. The public excuses, no matter how legit they are, do nothing more than come across as whining. It's not very becoming.
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    Re: Link: Interesting CFBCG take from Josh Jacobs

    I think there's some truth to Jacobs statements, and CNS had mentioned during the season about the team getting mentally tired as well. This year it didn't work out for us; last year it did.
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    Re: Link: Interesting CFBCG take from Josh Jacobs

    I think the OU game took a lot out of our team. Our guys seemed really fired up to play OU, partly because of the Heisman Award results. Having to prepare for Kyler Murray took a lot out of our defense. If we would have had another week to rest and prepare I think the Clemson game would have been a lot closer.

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    Re: Link: Interesting CFBCG take from Josh Jacobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Bamabuzzard View Post
    We got beat. Check that. We got the hell beat out of us. Regardless of the "real" reasons. The honorable thing to do is simply tip the cap, give Clemson all the credit in the world and move on. The public excuses, no matter how legit they are, do nothing more than come across as whining. It's not very becoming.
    We can't talk about it? I think we've all more than "tipped our caps" to Clemson since the game was played. Or are you just referring to any players talking about this kind of thing?

    For the record, if you dropped Clemson into the SEC West in 2018, I do think they would end up with pretty much the same result as Alabama did over the course of the season. They are truly that good. What they did in the NC game wasn't a fluke. But I'm not going to pretend both teams had anything close to equal paths getting there, and that the journey didn't effect each team very differently. Also, to the greater point, that the CFP absolutely does no favors to teams that have to face tough schedules. The timing of the NC game is brutal. There needs to be a week in between the semi and the NC game, but that will never happen.

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    Re: Link: Interesting CFBCG take from Josh Jacobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Bamabuzzard View Post
    We got beat. Check that. We got the hell beat out of us. Regardless of the "real" reasons. The honorable thing to do is simply tip the cap, give Clemson all the credit in the world and move on. The public excuses, no matter how legit they are, do nothing more than come across as whining. It's not very becoming.
    If bama don't study/investigate the reason for the beating, they stand a bigger chance of history repeating itself.
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    Re: Link: Interesting CFBCG take from Josh Jacobs

    Agreed. I don't think it's whining to break down the reasons for a loss, no matter when or to whom. We've (the team) been able to overcome similar obstacles as recently as last season (LB injuries, IB loss, etc), but it didn't happen this time. I think we've (the fans) all acknowledged that Clemson was comparable in talent, superior in preparation, and that showed in the final result. In the immortal words of Coach Saban, "It is what it is." Just thought the player's perspective was interesting.
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