Last night’s 21-0 win over LSU was incredible to watch. I hope your viewing experience was as wonderful as mine.
A few thoughts about the game:
** What’s up with all of the television folks wearing purple? I realize they probably weren’t pulling for LSU, but c’mon.
** I guess all that LSU-is-the-greatest-team-ever talk can cease.
** Heading into last night’s game, LSU had allowed six punt return yards all season. Six. Bama had three punt returns for 67 yards. The 49 yarder by Marquis Maze not only flipped the field for the Tide, but was also huge psychologically.
** Speaking of Maze, what a way to go out, but, man, was it difficult to see him upset on the sidelines knowing that his Bama playing career was over.
** Ditto for seeing the injury to linebacker C.J. Moseley.
** In the absence of Maze, Bama receivers Kevin Norwood and Darius Hanks stepped up huge. Hanks finished with five catches for 58 yards and Norwood came out of nowhere to haul in four passes for 78 yards. On paper, LSU had a clear advantage over the Tide in the matchup of defensive backs versus receivers, but Norwood’s emergence helped to swing this battle in favor of Bama.
** In fact, the Tide clearly went after Tiger defensive back Tyrann Matthieu. Apparently Honey Badger didn’t want much last night because he was thrown at, drug and run over by Bama.
** AJ McCarron moved into rarefied air with his performance last night. There are no other quarterbacks in major college football that will return next year with national championship rings – except for AJ. He’ll move into the spotlight nationally, and with a defense set to re-load, he looks like he’ll be able to handle more of a load.
** Was there anything more overblown in last night’s game than Trent Richardson being on the sidelines as the Tide entered scoring territory a couple of times in the first half? I don’t know the exact reason Lacy was in the game over Richardson at the time, and it doesn’t really matter. I am completely comfortable with Lacy running the ball at any place on the field.
** We are going to miss Courtney Upshaw and Dont’a Hightower.
There’s much, much more to discuss about this game, but that’s enough for now.
Roll Tide. 2011 BCS National Champions.