Not Too Early "Pivot Game" (part 2) Thread: Bama @ TAMU:

CrimSonami

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Great point preparation reflects on the QB coach/OC. If the kid looks confused it directly reflections on preparations.
Or maybe capacity to absorb training, direction, preparation and apply that in the heat of the moment. Love JM and he's our best option at the moment but aTm is going to force him to process and pass in a hurry. Until he improves in that capacity our defense will have to carry us in this game.
 
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Last season against A&M they didn’t know what Milroe could do, or not do well. They have plenty of footage this year. Unfortunately, surprise will not help us. If we win it will be what Alabama football has always been about, toughness and the will to win. That is our recipe for the rest of the season. This year’s team has hinted it has it. Now it’s time grow up and show out. Saban knows how to coach that kind of team better than any kind. Playing that kind of game would give me hope against anybody we have left to play.
 

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As an Aggie fan I come just to discuss, but I'm not sure about this. Auburn just gave Georgia all they could handle and moved the ball well. Auburn got a fumble return for a TD and we should have had a fumble for a TD...crap call. We missed 2 field goals. That game should have been around 40-3. It was not as close as the score. We had 7 sacks and shut them down defensively as they had 200 yards of offense.
Arkansas was for sure not as close as the score. Again we had 7 sacks and held them to 174 yards of offense which 50 of those came on a late bomb for garbage TD after we had our back ups in with the secondary. We gifted them a pick 6. They had 39 carries for 42 yards and Jefferson and Rocket Sanders are good athletes.
A&M was a yard 2 years ago for shooting for 3 straight against Bama.

Now in saying that I will say Bama is king until proven otherwise. A&M like Bama as gotten better as the season has gone on. A&M has the athletes like Texas did on defense and probably better than Texas athletes. The offensive line has gotten much better and Durkin seems to be dialing up much better schemes. Bama has also starting playing better and seems to have fixed some of their issues, but they have more issues than they have in the past. They are not dominant as they have been in any aspect of their game. They usually have no holes, but the have several. I don't think we will be real successful running it, but effective enough. I'm not confident in a win, because Bama is Bama but I do feel as good as I ever have against Bama. Here's to a good game.
I think both teams will have the same #1 goal: pressure the opposing team's QB into making mistakes. Whichever does it the best (and whichever QB handles it the best and can make plays despite the pressure) will likely win the game.
 

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Here is an interesting stat:

Texas A&M beat Auburn 27-10 and limited them to 200yrds total.

Georgia beat Auburn the next week 27-20 and only limited them to 307yrds total.

Auburn is in the same boat we are. Running the ball with RB and QB and limited throws. Could this translate that A&M's front seven is much better than Georgia's front seven?
 

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Here is an interesting stat:

Texas A&M beat Auburn 27-10 and limited them to 200yrds total.

Georgia beat Auburn the next week 27-20 and only limited them to 307yrds total.

Auburn is in the same boat we are. Running the ball with RB and QB and limited throws. Could this translate that A&M's front seven is much better than Georgia's front seven?
Probably
 

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I disagree with all of the Jalen is not a quarterback posts. Malarkey. He's not a pure pocket passer, but he's plenty capable of hitting a receiver. He's definitely getting better and catching up to the speed of the game, and of course he'll definitely make some mistakes. What he does do is force a defensive back to spy on him, which if the offense is smart, the offense will use the spy against A&M buy using more play action and RPOs.

Also, I think the MSU game with noise makers was a crucial test which was passed. Certainly A&M's defensive line is better, but not dramatically better.

Unless our coaches mail it in, we're going to be able to score enough at A&M. We've also already played 2 ranked teams, one in the top 10. I think A&M will be more nervous than our guys.
 
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Or maybe capacity to absorb training, direction, preparation and apply that in the heat of the moment. Love JM and he's our best option at the moment but aTm is going to force him to process and pass in a hurry. Until he improves in that capacity our defense will have to carry us in this game.
In the immortal words of Al Davis ,”Just win baby”.
 
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Here is an interesting stat:

Texas A&M beat Auburn 27-10 and limited them to 200yrds total.

Georgia beat Auburn the next week 27-20 and only limited them to 307yrds total.

Auburn is in the same boat we are. Running the ball with RB and QB and limited throws. Could this translate that A&M's front seven is much better than Georgia's front seven?
FTR, both A&M (96.2 ypg) and Alabama (112.8) allow fewer rushing yards per game than UGA (113.4).
 

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One thing I haven't seen mentioned in this thread is our center's struggles in snapping the ball. Whether it's the lingering effects of a wrist injury or the yips, it must be corrected to have any hopes of getting into a rhythm on offense. We've been fortunate that botched snaps didn't cost us against OM and MSU - I'm not sure 8&4's front will be so forgiving.
 
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Remember when teams would beat Alabama, it took a flawless performance from the opposing QB????

The roles have reversed. JM needs to play well and maybe out his mind. We’ve seen strange things before, so is JM able to pull it off? Maybe not, but if he makes good decisions and doesn’t turn the ball over we are in it from start to finish. The defense will hold up its end of the bargain, offense needs to follow suit
 
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Remember when teams would beat Alabama, it took a flawless performance from the opposing QB????

The roles have reversed. JM needs to play well and maybe out his mind. We’ve seen strange things before, so is JM able to pull it off? Maybe not, but if he makes good decisions and doesn’t turn the ball over we are in it from start to finish. The defense will hold up its end of the bargain, offense needs to follow suit
I think the key to who wins on Saturday will be who wins the turnover battle.
 
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It's still a little early in the season for stats to really tell the tale, but ATM is a dangerous team.

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This stat early in the season, don't mean jack. I'm hug fan of stats, but I've learned from my experience, don't look at the stats until mid october or late october, that's when the real stats opens up show the true data after playing decent/better teams.

Look at TAMU and who they played.... it's skewed at best, but I'm not going to discount the stats at all. It does give us somewhat idea, but it's inconclusive.
 

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After Texas, I expected us to lose @A&M, LSU and @Auburn. Now I'm only expecting @A&M. We may have turned a corner with angry Saban back again. Holding out hope.
Does the "Angry Saban" release from the shackles translate to better performance by the coaches as well? I know it's been a minute since 1st and goal on the ONE! in shotgun but offensive play calling and focus on execution will cost us the game if not upgraded. Don't get me wrong. I EXPECT to win this game but it's going to take a solid game plan with complete and total focus to accomplish the task. There should be enough of a sample size this deep into the season to establish an identity. Hard to realize that after this game we're halfway through the season already.
 
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This is what worries me about this game.
"Second-year defensive coordinator D.J Durkin is a man on a mission, orchestrating an impressive turnaround for an Aggie defense that has dominated the trenches, recording 14 sacks and 30 tackles for loss in their last two games."
 
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If Ole P was 1st Pivot Game of year, this is definitely the 2nd one. 1st place in SECW is on the line.

I would have hoped we'd have our offensive struggles ironed out more smoothly by now, but defense is winning games this year. I don't see how that won't be needed on Saturday as well.

Biggest difference from OM: this game is on the road at Kyle Field, which is a tough place to play, and TAMU is undoubtedly a more talented team.

What will it take to leave with a win?
It would help if the Referees had their eyes open...
It would help if our Center had his head in the game.
I could write a bunch of these, but you get the ghist of what I'm saying.
 

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