Alabama Football: The Crimson Tide Unleash the Pain on Ole Miss

Damon YoungCorrespondent IIOctober 16, 2011

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 15:  Running back Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs in for a touchdown past cornerback Marcus Temple #4 of the Mississippi Rebels October 15, 2011 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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He wears an S on his chest in that familiar red, blue and yellow costume.

College football's super men appear to be dressed in crimson and white with a script A.

Faster than a speeding bullet? Check.

More powerful than a locomotive? Check.

Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Well, um, OK, not too sure about that last one, but the first two are true.

Alabama's speed was evident all over the field against the Rebels, and the power of the Tide running game became laughable by the fourth quarter. Nick Saban probably could have pulled a tuba player from the Million Dollar Band and scored.

No, Randall Mackey, Alabama isn't Superman.

Alabama, unlike a fictitious comic book character, is for real.

It's hard to find negatives in a game where one team wins 52-7, but when you're chasing perfection, flaw must be picked over with meticulous scrutiny.

Easy is it to talk about another Heisman-like performance by Trent Richardson, capped by that scintillating 76 yard touchdown run where he seemingly applied human power steering and anti-lock breaks on his way to the end zone.

Perhaps it's the offensive line play that paved a course up and down Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium no matter who was in the Crimson Tide backfield.

Let us not forget the Alabama defense. They held the Rebels to a measly 141 total yards and just seven points, highlighted with a stout goal line stand when the game was no longer in doubt.

No, it would be easy to talk about just the good, but when you attempt a journey down that treacherous road to a possible 14th national title, you have to pick apart the bad.

The Crimson Tide defense held Ole Miss to 141 total yards. That's impressive. It's even more impressive when you figure that more than half of those yards, 72 to be exact, came on the Rebels' opening drive.

Yes, the opening drive.

It's beginning, along with deep routes, to become the Achilles heal of the Tide defense. Teams have had nearly all of their success on the first drives against Alabama.

For whatever reason, Alabama has an issue putting the breaks on opposing offenses on their first possession. Again, I'm nit-picking here, but against a team like LSU, you are better served to not fall behind.

A big reason for the early success of teams against Alabama is the deep ball. Penn State attempted one on the opening play and barely missed it. Florida nailed it, Vanderbilt had some success, and last night Ole Miss was able to get a man down the sidelines.

With the supreme talent Alabama has in the secondary, it's a bit of head scratcher on how this continues to happen. On the flip side, Alabama has made excellent in-game adjustments all year, and usually puts the clamps down.

Again, it's hard to find flaws in a 45 point victory.

Alabama seems to get better each week and as McCarron progresses, the offense becomes more dynamic making it that much easier for Trent and company to grind up yards on the ground.

It's fine tuning time for Alabama.

Only Tennessee stands in the way of their colossal clash with LSU.

Until then, the nation waits.


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