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Alabama needs to be more aware of when adjustments need to be made that don't involve personnel. Alabama's performance against the LSU Tigers is a prime example of how to stick to a plan that isn't working.
Alabama passed 34 times and rushed 31 times against Texas A&M. Alabama passed 27 times and rushed 25 times against LSU. The Tide almost lost both those games, but they pulled out the win over LSU.
Now, there are ironclad stats that prove Alabama is partial to the run, but tries to maintain some semblance of balance. On the season, Alabama has a rush-to-pass ratio of 525 to 300.
Let's examine that: Alabama has a 12-1 record as the SEC champion, and the Tide favor the run over the pass. Alabama has lost one game and almost lost another, and in both those games the Tide played an almost-perfectly balanced game.
This means that teams are prepared for a balanced attack, and Alabama has some sort of pattern going on. The elite teams that face a balanced Tide team are prepared for it. Here's the math:
In losses or near-losses, Alabama has a rush-to-pass ratio of 56 to 61 (0.92-to-1). In wins, Alabama's ratio is 469 to 239 (1.96-to-1).
When Alabama is slow to analyze what's really working, the Tide stick to balance and don't do well. When the Tide figure out the correct rhythm, they run the ball almost twice as much as they pass it and win.
Alabama needs to quickly determine what's working best, and they need to adjust quickly. Notre Dame is fourth in the nation in rushing defense and 20th in the nation against the pass (both ranks reference the stats sorted by yards-per-game).
That means that Alabama will probably have to favor the pass to win. Running should be used to open up the passing lanes, and the Tide should treat any big runs as icing on the cake. Alabama has to do what works, not what it wishes would work.
It's very possible that Notre Dame can stop the run. If that's the case, then the Tide should abandon it for the pass. If the run is successful, then keep doing it. Never abandon something that's working in favor of something you wish would work.