Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Real Excitement Happens Today as BCS Officials Discuss Potential Changes to Current System...Oh yeah, here's a recap of last night's snooze fest

Hooray we embarrassed the National Championship!
Les Miles:  Okay Jordan, you suck but Lee sucks just as bad, go and make a play dangit!
Jordan Jefferson:  But Coach, I have no talent and enjoy punching women, I suck at life
Here's the link to the ESPN article regarding potential changes to the BCS as officials meet today to discuss:

 RECAP: 2012 BCS National Championship: Roll Tide!

Alabama Crimson Tide 21, LSU Tigers 0

Scoring by Quarter:

Alabama        3          6          6          6          21

LSU                0          0          0          0          0

Although the game was unwatchable, Alabama showed one thing: Defense still wins Championships. A “Rematch” that was one-sided all evening, The Crimson Tide and Head Coach Nick Saban won the 2011-2012 BCS National Championship, their 2nd in the past 3 years. Now, I will give you my recap on the keys of the game, and my take on the game.

   1)    Jordan Jefferson vs. AJ McCarron

Clearly, if you watched this game, you would know who had the upper hand in this match-up between field generals. AJ McCarron threw for 234 passing yards (23/34) against an LSU defense that had only giving up 171 passing yards/game (8th in the nation). McCarron was effective with the Play-Action early on in the game and was able to avoid LSU’s defense all game long. He didn’t have nearly as much trouble on the night as his counterpart LSU QB Jordan Jefferson. Jefferson, going up against arguably the best defense of all-time in Alabama, struggled (and that’s as nice as I can put it) all night. Jefferson, who was 11 for 17 had only 53 passing yards, and had one of the worst performances by a QB in a BCS Title Game. That interception he had was terrible (he had room to run for the 1st down) and like every QB that makes a mistake, looked at his running back for the blame (seriously, how Jefferson played the whole game is beyond words). For a team that crossed the 50! (mid-field) only once the whole game, I have to ask the question, “Why wasn’t Jefferson not replaced, by back-up QB Jared Lee?” Hats off to McCarron, who is only a Sophomore and has a bright future with the Tide.
   2)    Running Game vs. “Defense”

With Alabama’s defense being so dominant all season long, you knew LSU would have a rough time moving the ball. That was the case on Monday night, LSU, who used 4 RB’s in the game could only manage 39 rushing yards on 27 carries (1.4 yards/carry). I know the game for the most part was boring, ugly, etc. to watch, but to see how well the Crimson Tide defense played was pretty impressive. Although you might not believe this, there was a touchdown scored in this game (haha). The only TD of the game went to RB Trent Richardson, (20 carries, 96 rushing yards, 1 TD) on his 34-yard dash down the sideline that would put Alabama up 21 to 0, and capped off a tremendous season for the Heisman candidate. Richardson’s back-up, Eddie Lacy provided some relief for Richardson with 43 rushing yards.

   3)    Alabama’s Special Teams vs. LSU’s Special Teams

I knew from the 1st meeting that the Special Teams of both teams would play a major factor in this game, at least one did. Alabama relied on their placekicker; Jeremy Shelley to kick 5 out of 7 FG’s (BCS bowl record for made FG’s) also missed the only PAT attempt of the game, could have been the offensive player of the game, if not for McCarron’s performance. Marquis Maze had a big spark in the return game for the Crimson Tide, as his 49-yard punt return set-up Alabama with good field position and I thought set the tune for the rest of the game. Unfortunately, Maze was injured (hamstring) on the return and did not play the rest of the game, it’s too bad, as Maze was a Senior and this game would be his last with the Tide. Brad Wing (LSU’s punter) did have some quality punts (9 punts, 411 yards, 59 Long), but didn’t really have much of a factor in the game due to Alabama’s offense/LSU’s defense. LSU’s return game was ineffective in sparking any “MO” for LSU. Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu did not have that game changing play as he was held to 1 return yard in the game and was nonexistent from his defensive position.

   4)    Les Miles vs. Nick Saban

As two of the best active coaches in College Football, Coach Miles and Coach Saban had two of the best single seasons of any coach. Coach Miles leading the Tigers to the SEC Championship and a perfect regular season, and Coach Saban leading arguably the best defense of all-time to Alabama’s 2nd BCS National Championship in the past 3 years, putting his name with some of the most legendary CFB coaches of all-time (3 total BCS titles, 1 with LSU (2003) & 2 with Alabama (2009, 2011). The difference in Monday night’s game was well Saban had one of the greatest defenses’ on his side and Miles was unable to do anything with his offense (PUT IN JARETT LEE). With the win, Saban evens the head-to-head series with Miles at 3 a piece.


Alabama: With the win, Alabama becomes sort of a mini-dynasty (winning 2 out of the last 3 BCS National Championships). The Tide will lose some key pieces to this team, especially on defense (5 Senior starters), including Junior MLB Dont’a Hightower, who will probably leave early for the NFL. On the other hand, the offense should be better with four of five linemen coming back and McCarron being much improved, even with the potential early departure (he’s gone) of RB Trent Richardson to the NFL. Alabama should also have some improved play at the wide receiver position. With the #1 recruiting class coming in next fall, there’s no doubt in my mind Alabama is going to be back competing for a SEC Championship as well as another National Championship.

LSU: You are always as good as your last game. Even with the 13-0 record the Tigers of LSU laid a big egg on Monday night. Looking like a team that didn’t look anything like the previous team that won their past 13 games. However, for LSU, this was a great season until Monday night. The Tigers return the core of this team and will most undoubtedly get improved quarterback play from junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger (at this point anything will do, after what they had Monday night). With a top 15 recruiting class coming in next fall, LSU, like Alabama will be again at the top of the polls competing for another SEC Championship.

Congratulations again, to Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Boomer originally had a  Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama video posted here but I will not disgrace good music by connecting it in any fashion to last night's toilet bowl of a football game.  So instead, here's Tom Hanks being hilarious.

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