Alabama Football: Things We Learned and Monday Message Board 10/13

Nic GulasSenior Analyst IOctober 14, 2008

Hey Guys,

So with an off week, Alabama fans got a chance to watch an amazing weekend of football, which most Bama fans never thought was possible when the Tide wasn't in action. 

So what did this reflection time allow Bama fans to see?

It is not a good time to be a ________ Tiger.

From last Wednesday all the way until Monday, it has not been the best time to be a fan of a team with a certain striped feline as its mascot. 

From the awkward firing of Tony Franklin, to the Thursday night debacle that was Clemson at Wake, through the 0-3 Saturday for BCS Tigers, and then concluding with the firing/stepping down of Tommy Bowden on Monday, Tiger fans everywhere were not too pleased with the past week. 

So how does this help Alabama?

Well, Auburn is all but done in the SEC West, LSU now has one loss, Clemson may become what many thought they were, and Missouri...well, it kinda sucks because they could potentially be the fourth Tiger on Alabama's schedule this season. 

The Tide are healthy once again...even though they were never really injured. 

Sure, Andre Smith was in a black jersey this past week due to his elbow—but mostly an illness—but he is ready to go according to coach Nick Saban. 

Alabama has yet to have any major injury this season (knock on wood) that would hinder their chances at any type of championship. 

Yes, it is football, so the occasional bumps and bruises may happen, but they have all come at replaceable positions or positions where Alabama might actually have some depth. 

An "A" game is necessary every week this season.

If there is one thing that was learned from watching other teams this weekend, it was that there is no such thing as an off week unless you are actually off. 

LSU got demolished by a Florida team who has had their own letdown already this season against the Tide's next opponent, Ole Miss. 

Nebraska took Texas Tech to overtime a week after getting blown out at home by a Missouri team who just lost at home to Oklahoma State. 

Vanderbilt, the golden child of the country to date, finally met a match against a Mississippi State team that has no offense but found its stride in time for Saturday. 

In other words, every team is a letdown in the making, so it is always key to play every team like a top 10 team.

Since there was not much going on in the world of Alabama football this week, there isn't much to talk about...except the second half of the season. 

After this past weekend, Alabama seems to have the most navigable of schedules left, along with Penn State, in the country.

However, it is still the SEC, whether the conference is down or not. 

So, the topic for this week focuses on Alabama's remaining schedule.

With the success Alabama has had this season, how do you NOW see the second half of the season playing out for Alabama? 

This does not include any sort of championship material or bowl predictions—just the remaining six games on the schedule that are set in stone. 

Has Alabama shown you enough to give you the confidence to project 12-0 without the Crimson shades on?

Does this team once again run into a big November letdown? 

As always, you can leave your comments below or write an article of your own about how Alabama will finish their regular season schedule.

That's all for this week guys.

Thanks and Roll Tide,



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