11 September 2009
Well, Oregon and Georgia LeGaretted my first week picks. Not a ton of separation between the four of us – we’ve got two at 3-2 and two at 4-1. I don’t suspect this week’s crop of games will tease out much difference either; it’s not exactly a barn-burner slate.
Anyway, off to the standings and picks:
So, this week has a fresh slate for me to butcher. Here we go…
|Notre Dame @
|South Carolina @
Now, for the one that matters.
The interesting part, to the extent there is an interesting part, is how our pass D will do against a passing attack that’s supposed to be quite good – as Sun Belt passing attacks go. My money says that Sun Belt passing attacks don’t go very far against the Tide, even good ones.
Look for a lot of decisions to be made in who can contribute this year and who will be in line for a redshirt season as the benches will be emptied in this one. Alabama will be aggressive early looking to put this one away as well as get Greg McElory more and more comfortable running the offense. With Mark Ingram’s slight injury and the guys across from the line of scrimmage, Trent Richardson will be given the opportunity to show the skills that lead to him being the top tailback in the country as a high school senior.
This one won’t be in doubt for long. Fortunately, FIU is no Tulane. While they have a talented speedster (who will, no doubt, abuse poor Marquis Johnson at some point), they don’t have enough folks to keep the Tide at bay. It’ll be a big, old-fashioned, door slamming, early departing butt-whoopin’. I’m actually hoping to play a little safety late in the game.
And, for what it’s worth, it killed me to pick Tennessee over UCLA…
While Nick Saban has done everything in his power to try to make certain the fan base respects FIU, the reality is that the #4 team in America should have no trouble beating a middle of the pack sun belt team. Yes, Bama struggled with Tulane last year. That was last year. This is a different team, with a different focus.
Expect Bama to go up big and let a lot of the younger guys that didn’t get to play against Virginia Tech get their feet wet.
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