Alabama Football: Monday Message Board 8/18
I'm sure everyone is starting to smell the beginning of football season right around the corner.
Everyone is already back on campus and school starts this week, bringing with it the official one-and-a-half week countdown to kickoff.
Before we jump to this week's topic, it was quite a busy week for the Crimson Tide.
* As most of you know by now, the most powerful coach in sports resides in Tuscaloosa, according to Forbes magazine. Michael Hicks has a write-up here on the honor bestowed on Nick Saban by the most accredited money magazine in the country.
* According to Tulane, the Alabama vs. Tulane game in New Orleans next season is officially off. The Green Wave's AD is saying the game between them and the Tide will now be in 2012.
The reason? Well, with that opening, Alabama will now be able to play Virginia Tech in Atlanta next season. ESPN has stepped in to help move the process along and promised Tulane four telecasts on their family of networks.
Alabama's only stipulation in the deal was to find the Green Wave a replacement opponent for next season, and they did so with the BYU Cougars. There is a rumor that the plans for Alabama vs. Virginia Tech will be announced in the next few weeks.
* Kickoff times for Alabama's home opener against Tulane and second home game against Western Kentucky have been announced, and there is really no surprise. Both games will kick at 6:07 pm CT on Pay-Per-View.
* With the AP Poll released Saturday, Alabama can now claim an actual rank besides "26th." The Crimson Tide will enter the season as the No. 24 team in the nation. Clemson, Alabama's opening opponent, enters the season at No. 9 in the AP Poll.
* Oh yeah, there was also a scrimmage on Saturday. More or less, Julio Jones once again told us what we already knew—he is the real deal. During the scrimmage, he pulled down five passes for 125 yards and one touchdown, and he made the Johnson & Johnson DBs look silly in the process.
Jones beat Marquis Johnson to the ball on a pass from John Parker Wilson and started to sprint down the sideline, but Rashad Johnson had the angle. Well, he did until Julio pulled a Darren McFadden-esque stiff arm to ward off Rashad and scoot into the end zone.
* As for other highlights of the scrimmage, Terrance Cody is once again making noise with the coaching staff on the defensive line. Leigh Tiffin sat out the scrimmage with what Saban called a "tired leg." Don'ta Hightower and Jerrell Harris were among a number of freshmen who received praise from Saban after the scrimmage.
* One downside, for me at least, was the play at QB. John Parker Wilson had a solid day, going 14-25, but that's nothing to write home about. Everyone is talking about his better decision-making and ability to see the field, yet his completion percentage has not increased from last season in these first two scrimmages.
I know they are only scrimmages, but it is still something to look at and ponder heading into Atlanta in two weeks.
OK, so enough of all that—now for the reason I write this thing.
For the very near season, we have covered the most important home game and most important away game, but there is still one other type of game that always causes teams fits.
That's why this week's topic is: Which game of the 2008 season do you deem to be Alabama's "trap" game?
With such a roller coaster of a schedule, as well as many "should win" home games, there are plenty of choices to go around for the picking.
As always, you can leave your comments below or write an article about your choice.
That's all for this week guys. Next week, we will get into predictions and story lines, which should carry us through the season.
Thanks and Roll Tide,
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