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We may be looking ahead...
That's a generic statement that at any given time anyone could say about any team. I doubt that this is the case though.
Agreed. I can't image a time we look ahead past UT. Maybe after the streak hits 20 or so. Since this is the first decent team we've played since Michigan I think we will be fired up. I actually like how we ramp into LSU. Missouri, UT, MSU then LSU. Gets better each week. The only game I'm really worried about besides LSU is TAMU. Its right after LSU but fortunately its in T-town.
This post was edited by bamamba1989 18 months ago
I would be surprised if UA is looking past UT. Not only because it's a rivalry game but also its on the road, the crowd will be great and they have some talented players on offense.
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No way. Saban's been intense this week. They aren't looking past anything.
Anyone who doubts that only needs to remember Rocky Block. The upperclassmen remember and there's no way the freshmen aren't learning all about it very quickly.
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Before I start, I think Steele is among the best in the business. He has a unique and well informed opinion and watches as much college football as anyone I know of.
That being said, I think he and many others make the mistake of applying generally accepted historic theories across the board. 95% of the time this would be wise, but I believe Alabama has reached a point where we transcend many of those theories.
For example, I no longer believe the general thinking on replacing X amount of starters on either side of the ball applies to Bama the same way it does to other teams. As a result of the insanely high level Saban recruits/develops at, we're now able to replace 70% of our defensive starters and still field the #1 D in America.
Additionally, we simply don't fall into the same "look ahead", "letdown", "sandwich game" etc. traps that other teams do very frequently......something VERY rare at the college level. It's so incredibly difficult to maintain the consistent level of dominance that Bama does week in and week out.
Steele isnt typical media, he's very sharp. He and others apply conventional wisdom they've developed through decades of watching this game, and it typically works. The one area where they're undeterstandibly slow to react is buying into the fact that a program has reached the level where they defy conventional wisdom, because there have only been a handful of those in the history of the game.
This post was edited by Jawa3hc 18 months ago
PS has been cautious with Bama this year if I remember. Predicting wins but loser than most prognosticators. He will get it right one day.
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