Bama – Ga. Southern: Eh, We’ll Take It.

It wasn’t the prettiest one of the year, but it was the 10th one:

Trent Richardson rushed for 175 yards and scored three touchdowns to power No. 3 Alabamato a 45-21 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide (10-1) didn’t win many style points in giving up a season-high 21 points, but the team’s biggest national title boost came the previous night when No. 2 Oklahoma State fell 37-31 to Iowa State in two overtimes.

Alabama needed Richardson more than expected against the FCS Eagles (9-2). The Heisman Trophy candidate ran 32 times, caught a 4-yard touchdown pass and broke Shaun Alexander’s school single-season mark of 19 rushing touchdowns.

Bama – Ga. Southern: Pre-Game Thoughts

Alabama obviously heads into Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern as the favorite and unless there’s an App State-type take-down, the Tide should win by a rather large margin.

So what is to be gained by playing a team like this?  Well, again it’s obvious that we want win number 10 on the year.  That’s why we scheduled the Eagles – to beat them.  And if everything works out the way we hope, we can essentially have a second bye week; this one coming just before the Auburn game.  That’s the plan and, hopefully, there will be no detours.

Is there anything else we can hope to glean from this game?  A couple of things, I think:

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Triple Option to Visit Bryant-Denny Again

…and that provides for an interesting twist in a game that should be a guaranteed “W”:

As spread offenses continue to grow at the high school level, even players haven’t seen much of the triple option.

“Watching film, it looks different to play against, but it’s all about guys going out and doing their keys and doing their job,” senior nose tackle Josh Chapman said. “You’re going to get a lot of cut blocks, and lot of different blocking schemes. … It’s about everybody going out and doing their job.”

Saban said this is a big week of preparation for his defense.

“How you play the blocks, who takes what on the option up front, how the linebackers and front fit together,” he said, listing several keys. “But then how the secondary rotates and where the run force comes from and the discipline you’ve got to have on the edges when they get the ball outside and pitch the ball.”

Cornerback DeQuan Menzie said he faced an option team in high school, “and it was very difficult.”

“You’ve got to look at the right stuff and if you don’t, it’s going to be real bad,” the senior said.