Alabama Football: Things We Learned and Monday Message Board 10/20

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Alabama Football: Things We Learned and Monday Message Board 10/20

Hey Guys,

Another week in the books, and another win as well.

Nick Saban is now 7-0 for the first time in his coaching career and has continued to get his Alabama team ready for game after game, along with making sure it's all one game at a time. 

So, what was learned this weekend?

 

Terrence Cody can make a big hole and leave a big hole.

There was a rustling around Bryant-Denny Stadium when the Jumbo package took the field near the goal line, and never has the word been more true. 

With Terrence Cody knocking over and stepping on about three Rebels, Mark Ingram marched into the end zone for his team-leading sixth touchdown. 

Later in the game, though, Cody injured his MCL after being pushed backwards over an Ole Miss player who had rolled under him. 

The Tide will be without Cody for at least two weeks and up to four weeks, according to whichever source you choose to listen to after his MRI today. 

Alabama will now look to Josh Chapman, Nick Gentry, and maybe Lorenzo Washington to fill the void left by Mt. Cody. 

Chapman has been there all season rotating with Cody, and he can still get a good rush up field. 

Washington was moved to the outside in fall camp but should easily adjust back to the inside if needed. 

Whoever takes the nose guard position for the Tide, he must be able to continue to get an upfield rush, as well as make holes for Rolando McClain and company to get through. 

 

"A win is a win" is starting to get annoying.

I have nothing wrong with winning a football game, especially one involving Alabama, but this mentality is starting to get annoying. 

Every single one of my friends I talked to after the game said the same thing before we were done talking..."Well, a win is a win." 

I cringed every time.

Sure, as Alabama fans of the past 10 years, we should be used to this phrase, but the way this team plays in the first 30 minutes of every game should not end with fans coming away happy with just another win. 

Just ask yourself this: After which game did you feel better?  Ole Miss or Georgia?  Tulane or Clemson?  Kentucky or Arkansas?

I'm no psychic, but I'm guessing you picked the latter every time.

 

First half, good.  Second half, bad.

Alabama just might be the best 30-minute football team in the country this season.  The Tide have now outscored opponents in the first quarter 95-3 and in the first half 171-23. 

However, the second half, especially in the last three games, has not been great. 

Alabama has lost their last three second halves by a combined score of 63-13.  The Tide have won three second halves this season (Clemson, Western Kentucky, Arkansas), but they only beat Clemson and Arkansas by seven and Western Kentucky by 10.  However, they did post a shutout against the Hilltoppers. 

If Alabama is going to continue undefeated this season, the complacency in the second half is the first necessary change seen on this team this season.  It must start with Tennessee this week, who put up 21 on Mississippi State in the final frame Saturday. 

 

So, as I just stated, and as most anyone associated with Alabama Football knows, it's almost time for "The Third Saturday in October."

(OK, that was this past weekend, but the SEC messed things up, so just work with me here.)

It's Tennessee week, and the Tide faithful are starting to reach the part of the schedule they always look forward to: the rivals portion of the schedule. 

Every SEC team left on the Tide's schedule has somewhat of a rival feel to them, and the Vols are the top of the list for some Bama fans. 

Thus, it should be quite obvious what this week's question will concern: the daisy orange and white. 

With a win, Alabama seniors will end their career against Tennessee 3-1.  That record would include two very memorable games: 2005's 6-3 win and last year's thorough beatdown in T-town (which Bama played a good second half in, by the way, but I digress.)

Here's this week's topic: What is your favorite memory from the rivalry with Tennessee?

Is it one of the games this senior class has been a part of?  Is it the last time Alabama played a night game in Neyland?  Or is it so far back that a certain coach was beating the Vols with a broken leg?

As always, you can leave your comments below or write an article of your own.

That's all for this week, guys.

Thanks and Roll Tide,

Nic

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