Saturday, October 18, 2008

Roll Tide!

Ole Miss at Tuscaloosa. The Rebels beat Florida, so this is likely to be a tough one for 'Bama. Temperature at kickoff is 73 degrees -- a beautiful sunny October day for football. The Crimson Tide may be No. 2 in the rankings, but they're No. 1 in my heart.

My brother (who underwent quadruple bypass surgery in Ferbruary) just called to say, "Well, I guess they didn't get the note about me having a bad heart."
A likely season-ending knee injury for nosetackle Terrence Cody is very bad news for Alabama. The junior-college transfer was on his way to an all-conference season.
3rd Quarter -- Just did the math, and was correct about Alabama dominating time-of-possession, 18:50 to 11:10 for Ole Miss. The key was that one TD drive that took 5:18.
Halftime -- CBS doesn't provide a time-of-possession statistic and I'm not in a mood to do the math myself, but Alabama is doing exactly what it needs to do. Control the ball, keep the Ole Miss defense on the field, and capitalize on turnovers. We've got to watch out for a second-half letdown like we had against Georgia.
2:51 2nd Quarter -- Roll Tide! John Parker Wilson throws a 30-yard touchdown pass to Mike McCoy. Alabama has intercepted Ole Miss twice. Alabama 24, Ole Miss 3.
6:34 2nd Quarter -- Roll Tide! 360-pound Terrence Cody comes in as a blocking back, blowing open a hole for Mark Ingram's 2-yard touchdown run. This caps an 11-play, 60-yard drive. 'Bama's starting to dominate time-of-possession, keeping the Ole Miss defense on the field. Alabama 14, Ole Miss 3.
4:10 1st Quarter -- Roll Tide! Touchdown pass, John Parker Wilson to Marquis Maze, who then cost Alabama a 15-yard penalty with a stupid, no-class stunt in the end zone. About an hour of running sprints Sunday evening ought to fix that attitude problem. Alabama 7, Ole Miss 3.
8:48 1st Quarter -- Told you it would be tough, didn't I? Still scoreless. Ole Miss has got a strong defense and they're reading 'Bama very well. My brother Kirby says 'Bama needs to get some misdirection going to take advantage of Ole Miss's tendency to overpursue.

1 comment:

  1. Still have the Bayou Bengals and then the Iron Bowl to play. If by some miracle The Tide make it to the SEC Championship and beat Florida, then The #1 Texas Longhorns await them.

    Hook'em Horns!