Yes, I paid $39.99 to watch Alabama paste the Florida Atlantic Owls 40-7. Alabama was never threatened in this game – at least after the third play from scrimmage – and that’s just the way I like ’em. Sure, it’s nice to come away with the occasional 10-7 or 7-6 squeaker – and by occasional I mean once every decade or so, but I would much rather crush whomever the Tide may be playing. Michigan, Florida Sumsuch or whomever it may be, I prefer blowouts.
I’m sure Nick Saban likes blowouts as well, but this was his favorite variety of lopsided win: score never in doubt; defense dominating; play a bunch of players; and enough mistakes to make the next week of practice a little more colorful.
Here are a few takeaways from the Bama – FAU tilt:
- I don’t mean to be mean to either feller, but Carl Pellini and Kenny Chesney favor each other a bit.
- AJ McCarron completed 15-of-25 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns – great numbers that could have been even better without several dropped passes.
- Eddie Lacy seemed like Eddie Lacy again with 106 yards on 15 carries.
- Christion Jones fumbled another punt return, his second in as many weeks. Last week’s fumble was overturned, but don’t think these drops are going unnoticed. Dee Hart also returned a couple of punts for a 14.0 yard average.
- Cade Foster continues his triumphant return. He boomed kickoff after kickoff into the end zone and nailed two field goals, one being a 52-yarder.
- Defensively, the Tide surrendered 110 yards on 45 plays, both low marks for the season.
- The Tide also recorded five tackles for losses and three sacks.
- The Tide backup defenders couldn’t keep the Owls out of the end zone late in the game. The score – and the hopes of three consecutive shutouts – was traded for valuable playing time for the “youngsters.”
Well, we’re one-third of the way through the regular season and the Tide has cruised to a 4-0 record. You truly get the sense that thus far that Alabama has really been just competing against themselves. None of the four games has been close or in doubt for very long. And when you take a peek at the next few games on the schedule, you really see more of the same.
The Tide picks up Ole Miss next week before a week off. I would expect this to be a rough week of practice at the Capstone and I would expect a solid performance next Saturday, especially in front of a week off.
The Tide is healthy and the schedule is setting up nicely. If the Tide plays to its potential, there are a lot of special times ahead.