NCAA Football: What I Learned From Florida-Alabama

Alan BassSenior Writer IOctober 2, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide signals a first down after he scrambled upfield against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Note: I do not have a favorite school. I enjoy seeing certain schools have success, but never do I cheer for a specific football program to succeed. I simply watch the games.

After watching the Alabama Crimson Tide slaughter the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium, there were some positives and negatives coming out from each sideline.

Continuing this regular segment, I go through the standout players, those who need work and tendencies of each team that must be praised or fixed.


Florida Had Lost The Game By the Third Play

A few weeks ago, at the conclusion of the Florida-Tennessee game, I wrote that Florida would lose to Alabama and would likely lose a second game.

I mention this, not to toot my own horn, but to reiterate a point I made in that piece: that Florida is simply not a great team.

They are a Top 25 team, and possibly good enough to be in the Top 15, but they simply don’t have the talent to challenge with the likes of Ohio State, Boise State, Oregon and more.

Just a few minutes into the game, you could see that Florida was outmatched. Their defense was simply nowhere near the elite level of Alabama’s offense, with two Heisman candidates in the backfield and a strong, effective quarterback playing for them.


Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Greg McElroy?

Before you tell me about his stats, that he doesn’t throw enough yards or enough touchdowns, remember this: throwing for 4,000 yards in college does not create a good quarterback at any level.

McElroy shows great composure in the pocket, rarely makes bad decisions and is extremely mobile. He won’t outrun many defensive backs, but he has the ability to get out of the pocket if it collapses, and make a decent pass on the run.

He will absolutely need some work (and far be it for him to be drafted in the first round this year), but it is difficult for me the fathom McElroy not getting drafted by the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft and challenging for a roster spot.

Remember, McElroy is a Rhodes Scholar candidate, and the lowest grade he ever received at Alabama is a B+. Pretty impressive for a kid overshadowed by a Heisman Trophy winner.

Oh yeah, he won a National Championship last year, too.


Mark Ingram is the Best Football Player in the Country – But Still Won’t Win the Heisman

Unless he has six straight 200-yard rushing games and runs for another 40 touchdowns, I can’t imagine seeing Ingram called back on the stage at the end of the season and matching Archie Griffin’s record of two Heisman trophies.

Ingram is incredible (though he is arguably not even the best player in his own backfield). He has speed, power and finesse.

The comparisons to Emmitt Smith are absolutely realistic. This kid should be a top-ten pick and should be able to dominate in the NFL.

But after missing a couple games, he most likely won’t get the votes needed to win, especially with a player like Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore on the ballot as well.

Nonetheless, for any Alabama fan who wants to yell at me for this comment, remember that it really doesn’t matter whether he wins it: it’s all about the National Championship. Which ‘Bama will win again.


Alan Bass is a writer for The Hockey News and In addition to writing for Inside Hockey and Pro Hockey News, he has also worked for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is the General Manager of the Muhlenberg College hockey team as well. You can contact him at