I really don’t think there’s any doubt that Alabama is the #1 team in college football. Ohio State is a distant second and I’m moving Oregon up quickly. Sure, Oregon hasn’t really played anyone that good but they have stood out to me early on.
I won’t get into too many details about the stats of the game, but Alabama put up 626 yards of offense (311 passing, 315 rushing) and scored 62 points which was the highest point total since 1987 against Mississippi State (62 points). Mark Ingram rushed for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns on 9 carries. Trent Richardson had 7 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown. Julio Jones caught 5 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Alabama didn’t even punt until about the 3 minute mark in the 3rd quarter. They finished the game with two punts total. It was a good day for the offense.
Ingram looked great and it looked to me like he was 100% and confident in his knee. He was doing his usual weaving in and out of traffic so that was definitely good to see.
Let’s be honest, though. Alabama could have scored 100 points on Duke. They could have broken records on offense. The point is — Wake Forest scored 54 points on this defense. Elon scored 27 points and totaled over 400 yards offense. It’s a very bad defense. Yes, Alabama’s offense is very good and they are difficult to stop, but they aren’t unstoppable. They aren’t invincible.
It’s easy to get carried away with this team and think that there’s no way that they can lose. After all, Alabama hasn’t lost a regular season game since 2007. Sure, we are spoiled as Alabama fans.
We turned the ball over twice against Duke, although one of those was another fumble from Eddie Lacy in the Red Zone. The other turnover was an interception throw by McElroy in the Red Zone. Backups or not, you can’t turn the ball over in the Red Zone. Although, I feel pretty confident that neither Ingram nor Richardson would fumble the ball there.
After Eddie Lacy fumbled, Ingram and Richardson were the first to greet him on the sideline. I’m sure Lacy was happy that it wasn’t Saban. It’s reassuring to see this happen because it shows how much leadership is on this team. It seems like you can find a leader at almost any position on the field.
I don’t think there’s a team in the country that is as talented or deep as Alabama. They are the clear #1, but they can be knocked off their pedestal any given week. The good thing is, we haven’t seen any complacency with this team. They go out and take care of business. They haven’t had any snags like Florida or Texas. This team remains as poised as ever.
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