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With the LSU game. Against LSU we turned it over 2x. A&M 3x and Georgia 2x. THAT'S what worries me about the big game. Yes we won two of them games but easily could have lose all of them. We don't seem to play very good in critical games. Thoughts ?
I've been thinking the same thing. We have turned the ball over way too much. We were fortunate enough to overcome them twice but without the turnovers I think we would have taken A&M
Does not worry me as much really because of the preparation for this game.
LOL I get the downvote. Anyone wanna man up ?
I'll man up to giving you an upvote.
Drake turned the call over against Auburn.
2nd half against auburn doesn't count. Practice is way more stimulating.
honestly, its the only way i can see ND winning is us losing the turnover margin by 2+.
I feel pretty good tho that we get multiple turnovers from them.
agree with the OP. i think we win the game but if we turn it over it will be a nailbiter...no turnovers and the game is over by mid third quarter
I do agree that turnovers is a concern in this game, but to say that we dont seem to play well in big games is, to me, absurd. We beat LSU on the road at night, and an extremely motivated and fired up Georgia team in a dome about 30 minutes from their home stadium. We may not have played our best games as a whole team, but when it counted we did what was necessary. Thats last drive against LSU was literally as big as it gets as far as the big stage, and our offense pulled it out. we had one REALLY bad quarter against aTm, and thats it. I guess i just cannot justify saying we dont play well on the big stage.
The thing is that we've turned the ball over and haven't seemed to really get it back from the other team much recently either. I remember HaHa's pick in the Championship game...but we didn't get one against LSU or A&M and that seemed to be a real strength throughout the first 3/4's of the season. If ND is anything, they are very opportunistic....we need to limit their opportunities.
I think we'll open the game very conservatively offensively on the first two possessions to make sure the nerves get settled and to avoid pulling a "Florida."
Lucky really needs to do away woth the downvote. It is getting really old to read adults whining over what the big bad internet bully did.
It's pretty standard football fare that if you turn the ball over several times you are likely to lose. Also, if we rush for a bunch of yards we will win. If we make ND one dimensional, we will win. Blah blah blah. One game season now. The regular season stats no longer matter. Ask UF.
Yep, we usually do this in big games and I think it's best to let everyone settle in...I just hope we don't go for a fake punt on the first drive...
Italians wear pinky rings, Irishmen drink too much, people from Troy are weird, etc.
This post was edited by PantyRaider 15 months ago
Don't seem to play well in big games? Really? How long have you been watching Alabama football?
The common theme in all those turnovers is that we were throwing the ball waaayyy to much in those games. Yes, we ended up running the ball to finish the UGA game but we were throwing it way more in the first qtr which is when we had the turnovers. While we fumbled the bal against LSU and didn't throw int's we did not run the offense this team is best at. Smash mouth.
I think we run the football and use PA and the turnovers are a non factor... if not then we are going to be in for a closer game than I think.
Everyone always leaves out the Michigan game as a big game. That is the only game I thought we showed up with as much intensity as the opposition. We played fine in that game. Also, this is pretty much the same offense that played in the championship game last year. I'd say they played fine in that game.
Convert 3rd down on offense
Stop 3rd down on defense
Win turnover battle
Score more points
Typical Bama ball
Never Gets Old
Maybe I'm a glass-half-full guy, but I look at it in another light.
Those close games shouldn't have been near as close, but we made some uncharacteristic mistakes in BIG situations. If I'm not mistaken, 3 of the turnovers happened inside the 10 (TJY fumble on a TD-to-be play against LSU, AJM throwing endzone picks against aTm and UGA), so these weren't just run-of-the-mill turnovers.
Look at LSU. -2 in TOM, one took away a TD, one gave LSU the ball deep in Bama territory. If we don't make those, I think that ballgame turns into a blowout. I think we beat aTm if we don't throw that pick early in the game to set up aTm's second (I believe) score.
Just look at most other teams... usually, when they turn the ball over, they lose. We manage to do it and win... I think that says a lot about us.
...Or to put it another way, let me pose a question: who should feel better:
A) Alabama fans for beating LSU 21-17 despite having 2 big turnovers and getting none
B) Notre Dame fans for needing 6 turnovers to beat Michigan 13-6
...Personally, I'm going with A. But again... glass half full.
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