As a big Alabama fan, I sometimes find myself in school looking back at the great accomplishments the Crimson Tide have achieved over these first two years under Nick Saban.
Among those accomplishments I recognize and compare the 2007 John Parker Wilson to the 2008 version of the Hoover, AL product.
In 2007 he was a bad decision-maker even though he had shown flashes of great play.
In 2008, he has not only taken his time and eliminated forced throws, but he also has a great offensive line and an improved receiving core with the addition of go-to receiver freshman Julio Jones.
Also in the receiving core, Mike McCoy and Nick Walker have steped up as experienced playmakers. Wilson has also shown great maturity not only by producing on the field but by being a leader to some many young players on this Crimson Tide roster.
Speaking of young players, I also think about how Nick Saban has been able to bring in great young talent and coach it to fit his system.
Players like Rolando McClain, Mark Barron, Jerrell Harris, Star Jackson, BJ Scott and of course Julio Jones will be the core of the team next year and some of them are already building a legacy for themselves this year.
While I'm in my Algebra II class, I zone out and think about who the Crimson Tide have beat this year. Early in the year they upset ACC favorite Clemson 34-10 in a total mismatch, then they went into blacked-out Sanford Stadium and controlled Georgia in the first half on the way to a 41-30 victory over the Bulldogs.
They manhandled Arkansas and Tennessee but had to hang on to win against Kentucky and Ole Miss both of which were played at Bryant-Denney Stadium.
In the respect of holding on to win games this team reminds a lot of the 2006 Florida team that won the national title. Many people said that they didn't belong because they didn't beat lesser teams as bad as they were suppose to, but there was one common denominator: a + 1 in the win column.
Now as we move on to American Literature, the last class of the day, I will easily fall asleep within the first ten minutes and dream about what lies ahead for Alabama.
This week a for sure win lies ahead against Arkansas State but after that the road gets rocky as Nick Saban makes his first trip back to Baton Rouge after bolting for the NFL in 2004.
That game at LSU should be the only true test for Alabama the rest of the way leading up to the SEC Championship game.
What about the Iron Bowl you ask? First of all Auburn fired their offensive coordinator midway through the season. Secondly, Tommy Tubberville is on the hot seat. Finally, their offense is struggling severely.
The Iron Bowl is also played at home which should bode well for Alabama. After that the likelihood is that the Tide will be playing against this week's winner between Florida and Georgia.
If the Tide win that game in Atlanta they deserve to play for the National Title because they would have beaten three teams while they were in the Top Ten meanwhile going through one of the best conferences in America, the SEC.
Another question that has been brought up is that if Texas, Alabama, and Penn State all go undefeated who should be left out? The answer to that question quite simply is Penn State because they played in a weaker conference.
This is why a playoff is needed in college footbal,l but that's a different story for a different day. Besides the bell just rung time to go to football practice and remain undefeated just like my Crimson Tide.
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