Remaining Calm in College Station?
It’s a known fact that the tides are most calm before a storm, and with many FBS faithful believing that tomorrow’s game is the biggest of the season, how does the Tide stay so calm? Not all teams can say they have experience performing and being successful on the big stage.
With veterans such as C.J. Mosley and A.J. McCarron, on each side of the ball respectively, the Tide should be able to weather any storm. Alabama has six returning starters left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, right guard Anthony Steen, quarterback A.J. McCarron and wide receivers Kevin Norwood, Christian Jones and Amari Cooper. A.J. McCarron is one of the nation’s best quarterbacks on a pace to shatter Alabama’s record books. While TJ Yeldon may not be a returning starter, he was a key contributor in the Tide offense last season and should continue this, what is to be expected, record breaking career at Alabama.
On defense the Tide are returning seven starters corner back Deion Belue and safety HaHa Clinton-Dix defensive end Ed Stinson; Linebackers Adrain Hubbard, Trey Depriest, C.J. Mosley and Xzavier Dickson. C.J. Mosley has been the anchor on defense and was the BCS Championship Defensive MVP. The Tide’s defense looks to be stout again. The Tide has been number one in total defense three out of the last four years which are 2009, 2011, 2012 and number five in 2010. Once again the Tide should be in competition to be the best in the nation for the third year in a row.
The Crimson Tide has had its fair share of “big games” at home, on the road, and neutral sites since 2008. Alabama’s record since 2008 is 61 – 7 with away wins at Georgia, Florida, LSU, Penn State, and Auburn to name a few. Alabama has also had two big neutral site wins in their opponent’s backyard. With a win in New Orleans in the 2011 BCS National Championship game against LSU and a win in Atlanta in the 2012 SEC Championship game against Georgia. Since 2008 Alabama has sustained 3 home losses, 2 neutral site loses, and 2 away loses with no away losses since the 2010 LSU loss. Big games are becoming a staple at Alabama but the one overriding factor is the leadership at the helm.
The ultimate leader for the Crimson Tide, Coach Saban, has more experience than anyone else in the game. If you look at his resume and can appreciate that the pressure doesn’t waiver him, instead he shines more and shows why he is the best coach in all of college football. Saban is 7-1 in the so called revenge games. He appears to be the best at taking advantage of a team’s weaknesses and capitalizing on them. He seems to understand how to make his defensive and offensive schemes seem rather simple, when in actuality they are very efficient and meticulous.
What makes the Tide so fatal, is how every piece of the puzzle comes together at the right moment. With Nick Saban as a coach and so many players on the preseason awards watch list it’s easy to understand why. Although the Tide say that revenge isn’t on their minds another “R” word is, reward . The Tide is calm before the storm, but the Tide will surely rise come game time in College Station.
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