Alabama plays host to Georgia Southern this Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Georgia Southern has run the triple-option offense to a 9-1 record thus far, but I think everyone except Saban and crew have written this one in the "W" column for Alabama already.
Saban will prepare his team as if this were a conference game, and I will be very interested to see how the team has handled what they learned from the early troubles Jordan Jefferson gave them with the spread on Nov. 5.
Statistically and literally, Alabama will dominate from kickoff to the end of the fourth quarter, but I'm just curious as to how much.
Appalachian State has been Georgia Southern's only loss thus far, and held them to 66 passing yards and 135 rushing yards for a total offense count of 201 yards. 'Bama will have to play horrifically to lose this game, so I've made a sort of "game within a game" for 'Bama Saturday night.
First, here are some facts about Georgia Southern that I would like to see 'Bama change:
Fewest passing yards gained: 60 (Allowed by Western Carolina)
Fewest rushing yards gained: 135 (Allowed by Appalachian State)
Fewest total yards gained: 201 (Allowed by Appalachian State)
Most passing yards allowed: 321 (Gained by Tusculum)
Most rushing yards allowed: 239 (Gained by The Citadel)
Most total yards allowed: 408 (Gained by Chattanooga)
Fewest points gained: 14 (Allowed by The Citadel)
Most points allowed: 27 (Gained by Chattanooga)
Georgia Southern is first in the Southern Conference, and we all know that anyone can win on any given day in this league. At the end of the day, though, 'Bama will get some much-needed healing for their first and second strings and some much-needed confidence for their offense.
The game within a game for me is that I would like to see 'Bama set new records for them in all eight of these categories. When they blow the whistle at the end of the fourth quarter, I want 'Bama's name in every single one of those parentheses.
In order to do that, the defense will have to step up against the triple option, and the offense will have to be hitting on all cylinders.
If 'Bama can do all that, I have little doubt that it will give rise to one of the most lopsided Iron Bowls in the history of the rivalry. These kids need their confidence back on offense. This defense should give it to them.
Roll, Tide, Roll!
*Statistics from ESPN.com were used in this article