You know those scenes in movies when the the walls in a room purposefully begin to close in on a poor soul stuck inside? The walls inch closer to the victim-to-be slowly, of course, for added effect. And there are sometimes spikes planted on each side to add to the suspense. You know these movies.
I imagine being stuck in this room would be a lot like playing Alabama.
The only difference is that the character in these films often finds a way to escape the scene. Perhaps an outsider spoils the plan, or there's a break in electricity, or a MacGyver-like effort works seconds before the first spike makes contact.
Against Alabama, however, there is no last-minute saving. You wait to be crushed, and then you are crushed. There is hope at the beginning—as LSU had deep into its game in Tuscaloosa—but help does not arrive. There is no escaping what’s coming, and eventually it happens.
Most of the weekend’s biggest games went as planned. Well, minus Oregon-Stanford. Elsewhere there was a broken trophy followed by a Jerry Kill dance party, a horrendous safety call, a hypnotic LSU dinosaur fan and much more. Oh, and Nick Saban was happy. It was weird, man.
Here’s what I loved and hated about Week 11.