Bama-Vandy Bullet Points

** This was my first game to watch live this year.  I had to buy an extra ticket and, as expected, demand was pretty soft.

** A night game following up two very emotional contests could have spelled troubled in the past.  The Tide look sluggish, but not uninspired, in the first half.

** Playing Vandy at home after big wins over Arkansas and Florida was quite a bit different than traveling to South Carolina last year.  Never underestimate scheduling.

** The Tide is now 6-0 and, therefore, bowl eligible.

** For the third week in a row, the Tide defense forces the opposing quarterback to the sideline.  Bobby Petrino took Tyler Wilson out of the game late to preserve his health, John Brantley was knocked out last week and Vandy starter Larry Smith came out of the game after running into Josh Chapman.

** Jordan Rodgers came on to play quarterback for the Dores and played fairly well, but assured himself a role in highlight footage after getting crushed by Mark Barron.

** With four touchdown passes, AJ McCarron became only the fourth Tide quarterback to throw for four or more in a game.  Gary Hollingsworth holds the record with five and Mike Shula and John Parker Wilson each threw four.

** Marquis Maze is clearly our go-to guy at wideout.  He caught nine passes against Vandy and is on pace for a great season statistically.  But most of his receptions seem to happen around the line of scrimmage.  That may be effective against most teams on the schedule, but I don’t think it will work against LSU.

**  Getting the ball to our wideouts was clearly something to work on heading into the Vandy game and the team responded.  By my count, the wideouts accounted for 18 receptions and three touchdowns.

** McCarron looks to be more and more comfortable each week, but his touchdown pass to DeAndrew White at the end of the first half shows the tight rope Bama is walking at quarterback.  The Tide had third and goal from the three and McCarron dropped back to pass.  He sensed pressure, moved to his left, then threw a pass to the back of the end zone that only White could catch.

** The problem?  Well, McCarron could have walked in for the touchdown while his pass to White was high, forcing an acrobatic reception along the back of the end zone.  I like his play-making ability, unless that pass falls incomplete.

** Jalston Fowler is a pile-mover.

** Do we really need all of the piped in music before every game?  The pre-game pageantry of college football apparently has turned into a hip hop concert.

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