The old adage goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words."
Well I'd like to say a few(much less than a thousand)about the one I chose for this article.
These two young men will carry the load for the Tide this season. There has been talk about Saban unleashing more of a passing game this season, talk about Ingram and the quest for a second Heisman, and talk about McElroy and his chance at being the first undefeated quarterback in history. With a young corps of defensive backs the Tide will depend heavily on these two young men for much of the season. Now, without further ado, here is the game-by-game analysis.
Sept. 4th-San Jose State: With Penn State coming to Bryant-Denny in week two, the Tide will use the game vs San Jose State as a chance to knock the dust from their cleats, and shake off the rust. Expect to see the back-ups in by the late second quarter as Saban will keep the first string in just long enough to build a comfortable lead (24 pts). By the end of the game don't be surprised if the third string or practice squad is on the field, the Tide will roll easily in this one: Bama 45 SJSU 10
Sept. 11-Penn State: Beating Penn State since Joe Pa took over(back in the 15th century) has never been easy nor will it be for the Tide. Luckily for Bama the Nittany Lions lost play makers on both sides of the ball, including Daryl Clark, their electrifying quarterback. The Tide will still have to contend with Evan Royster, but stopping the run is something the Tide's defense could do in its sleep. Penn State will keep this game close late but look for the Tide to do what they do best, win. This game has all the makings of one of the old-fashioned smash-mouth football games of which fans of both sides have enjoyed in the past. Close but no goal line stand needed here, the Tide rolls: Bama 23-Penn St. 17
Sept 18-Duke: Cutcliffe's Blue Devils will try everything to rein in the Tide look for both McElroy and Ingram to have career days, as the Tide starts off slow and finishes big. The Tide roll to a nice victory in this one: Bama 38-Duke 14
Sept. 25-Arkansas: Led by senior quarterback Ryan Mallett, Petrino's Razorbacks will be depending on their arial assault to stem the tide. This game has all the makings of a repeat of the high scoring affair of 2007. Mark Barron and the young d-backs will be tasked with trying to ground the Razorbacks high flying assault. No doubt by the end of this one both teams will be run ragged. Bama rolls out of Fayetteville with a 42-31 win.
Oct.2-Florida: I could talk about this game for hours, but let's get to the point. The Gators were helpless against the Tide in Atlanta last year, and losing Tebow, Spikes, and Hayden doesn't help matters. Florida has enough talent to avoid the blow out, and keep it interesting for the first half. The Tide drowns the Gators in this grudge match: Bama 31-Florida 17
Oct.9-South Carolina: Spurrier and the Gamecocks are favored by many to win the SEC east, but they will lack the experience at play-making positions to be able to put up enough points on the Tide. the two-headed beast that is Ingram and Richardson will run over, under around and through the Gamecocks, and send the Tide rolling on its way back to Tuscaloosa with a 28-14 victory.
Oct. 16-Mississippi: It will be interesting to see who will be quarterbacking the Rebels as they make their visit to Tuscaloosa, even with a threat like Jeremiah Masoli, the Rebs are going to need a lot of help, if they want to avoid a whipping like last seasons 22-3 stomping. Without McCluster, Mississippi lacks the explosiveness to threaten the Tide, leading to a 35-9 Bama win.
Oct. 23-Tennessee: Last season's match up game came down to the final seconds, don't expect that from this season's First year head coach Derrick Dolley is tasked with rebuilding a team who had its fighting spirit crushed by Lame Kitten. I almost feel sorry. No, I do feel sorry for the Vols, as Bama should roll into Neyland Stadium and and embarrass the Vols in front of a packed house. Bama 34-Tenn 13
Nov.6-LSU: The Tide will travel to Death Valley to face LSU, who will be coming for blood after losing the past two match-ups, the first of which was overtime thriller in Death Valley. This game will probably be the toughest game of the year, for the Tide, even though LSU could be limping into this game with three losses. The Tigers will fight hard and keep this one close, but the Bama backfield will prevail, as the Tide will leave Death Valley victorious. Bama 30-LSU 24
Nov. 13-Miss State: Mullen will have the Bulldogs better prepared, but it will be two more seasons before Miss St. will truly challenge for the west. Bama wins in convincing fashion 38-13.
Nov. 20-Georgia State: Squash match Bama 52-GSU 6
Nov. 26-Auburn (Iron Bowl): This game is most always close, and last minute heroics are a given when these two meet. Bama will likely need to beat Auburn to win the SEC west, as the Tigers could come into this one with a perfect division record. Bama will ind a way to win whether it is GMac throwing bombs or the tandem of Ingram and Richardson gashing the Tiger's front seven. The Tide rolls in this one: Bama 27 Auburn 17
Result Bama 12-0