Can Alabama Roll Over The Spread
Alabama Head Coach, Nick Saban, is to be rivaled with no one when defensive gurus are being discussed. The spread offense is one that Saban’s meticulous defense has not come up with an absolute answer for in recent years. Ole Miss, who comes to Tuscaloosa, runs that same type of spread offense, which has given the Tide trouble. Is the spread offense and Alabama’s renowned defense disparity growing shorter?
Since 2008, Alabama has lost 4 games against teams that use the spread offense. The defense allowed 351 yardage against those opponents, which is significantly more than 270 yards it normally allows. Ole Miss had one of the top recruiting class this year along with seven returning starters. The Rebels have everything that a successful spread offense needs. They have Bo Wallace at quarterback who can through as well as run the ball. Wallace has impressive receivers to pass to with 2013′s top receiver, Laquon Treadwell, making an impact immediately for the Rebels. Wallace also has veteran Donte
Moncrief to sling the ball to. With Alabama’s secondary still in question and their lack of pressure on the quarterback, the spread offense could possibly present oppositional waves for the Tide.
The Tide are hopeful to have most of the injured players back on the field. Receivers Amari Cooper and Kevin Norwood are expected to be back in action against the Rebels. This is good news for Tide fans who are hoping to get Amari Cooper out of what seems like a “sophomore slump”. In Alabama’s first two games, Kevin Norwood was nothing short of brilliant, and Tide fans are hoping he continues this excellent start to the season. T.J. Yeldon will also be expected to play an entire game.
Against Texas A&M and Colorado State, Alabama’s offensive line seemed to have improved, however Texas A&M’s defensive line are much smaller than most teams in the SEC. This weeks game against the Rebels will prove to be the true test of just how much Alabama really has improved. In contrast, Rebel fans are hopeful to have linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche who has been out with a knee injury.
On paper, this weekend match up appears to be what one would expect from two SEC teams, tough defense and high powered offense. Can Ole Miss stop A..J. McCarron and all of his lethal weapons to pass and hand the ball to? Will Alabama prove to have finally figured out just how to attack and handle the spread? Alabama will certainly have to chance to show the nation that they are just as good as advertised.
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