Bama bashes Notre Dame 42-14 in BCS title game

Alabama defensive lineman Alphonse Taylor (50) holds up a newspaper after the BCS National Championship college football game Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami. Alabama won 42-14. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Alabama defensive lineman Alphonse Taylor (50) holds up a newspaper after the BCS National Championship college football game Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami. Alabama won 42-14. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The championship was locked up by halftime. By the time the confetti landed, Alabama was already looking ahead to the next one.

That's the way it is for the latest dynasty in Tuscaloosa.

Win a title. Move on.

Quieting the Irish on the very first drive, Eddie Lacy, AJ McCarron and the No. 2 Crimson Tide rolled top-ranked Notre Dame 42-14 for the BCS championship Monday night, locking up a second straight national title and third in four years with another laugher of a title game.

The Bear would've been especially proud of this one — Nick Saban and the Tide romping to the second-biggest rout of the BCS era that began in 1999.

Now, back to work.

"The process is ongoing," said Saban, still tightlipped as ever and showing little emotion after the fourth national title of his coaching career. "We're going to enjoy it for 24 hours or so."

The Crimson Tide (13-1) wrapped up its ninth Associated Press national title, breaking a tie with Notre Dame for the most by any school and gaining a measure of redemption for a bitter loss to the Irish almost four decades ago: the epic 1973 Sugar Bowl in which Ara Parseghian's team edged Bear Bryant's powerhouse 24-23.

Bryant won five AP titles during his brilliant career. The way things are going, Saban might just chase him down.

Lacy, the game's offensive MVP, ran for one touchdown and caught a pass for another in the final minute of the opening half. He spun away from the vaunted Notre Dame defense not once, but twice, to cap a 28-0 blitz before the bands even got on the field.

"They just did what Alabama does," moaned Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's star linebacker and Heisman Trophy finalist.

Lacy finished with 140 yards on 20 carries, coming up with two of his best performances in the two biggest games of the year. He rushed for a career-high 181 yards in a thrilling victory over Georgia in the SEC title game, and was nearly as dominant against the Irish (12-1). McCarron wasn't too shabby, either, completing 20 of 28 passes for four touchdowns and 264 yards, adding another dazzling effort on top of being MVP in last year's title game.

You could almost hear television sets around the country flipping to other channels, a hugely anticipated matchup between two of the nation's most storied programs reduced to nothing more than the second straight BCS blowout for the Crimson Tide.

And, it would seem, they're not content yet.

"We're going for it next year again," said offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandijo, only a sophomore but already the owner of two rings. "And again. And again. And again. I love to win. That's why I came here."

While Saban insisted he was "happy as hell" and "has never been prouder of a group of young men," it was hard to tell. He was already talking about reporting to the office Wednesday and getting started on next season.

"One of these days, when I'm sitting on the side of the hill watching the stream go by, I'll probably figure it out even more," Saban said. "But what about next year's team? You've got to think about that, too."

Alabama scored 69 straight points against its title game opponents, going back to getting the final 13 against Texas in 2010, followed by a stifling 21-0 victory over LSU for last year's crown, then scoring the first 35 points on Notre Dame. Saban's team made the Irish look like a squad that would be hard-pressed to finish in the middle of the pack in the mighty Southeastern Conference, which has now won seven straight national championships.

Saban, the diminutive man with the perpetual scowl, has guided Alabama to the top spot in the rankings three times since arriving in Tuscaloosa in 2007, and if he's serious about finishing his career with the job he has, there seems no reason he can't win a few more before he's done with "The Process."

Already, Saban is the first coach in the BCS era to win national titles at different schools, capturing his first at LSU during the 2003 season. Now, he's the first coach with back-to-back BCS titles, and given the youthfulness of his team, Alabama figures to go into next season as a heavy favorite.

In an interesting twist, Saban's fourth title came in the stadium where he had the only stumble of his coaching career, a two-year tenure with the NFL's Miami Dolphins that ended ugly, with the coach insisting he wasn't planning to leave — then bolting for Alabama just two weeks later. His tactics may have been underhanded, but it's hard to argue with the call he made.

Before a record Sun Life Stadium crowd of 80,120 that definitely included more green than crimson, Lacy ran right through Te'o and the Irish on a 20-yard touchdown run before the game was 3 minutes old, capping an 82-yard drive that was longest of the season given up by the Fighting Irish.

It would only get worse. Alabama marched right down the field on its second possession, this one a 10-play, 61-yard pounding that finished with McCarron completely faking out the defense and lofting a 3-yard touchdown pass to Michael Williams, standing all alone in the back of the end zone.

On the first play of the second quarter, T.J. Yeldon powered over from the 1 to make it 21-0, the finish to another impressive drive — this one covering 80 yards — that included two long completions by McCarron. First, he went to Kevin Norwood on a 25-yard gain. Then, he hooked up with freshman Amari Cooper for a 27-yard gain to the Notre Dame 6.

By that point, it was clear to everyone that Notre Dame's hopes of winning its first national championship since 1988 were all done. But Alabama just poured it on.

"We've got to get physically stronger, continue close the gap there," said Brian Kelly, the Irish's third-year coach. "Just overall, we need to see what it looks like. Our guys clearly know what it looks like now — a championship football team. That's back-to-back national champions. That's what it looks like. That's what you measure yourself against there. It's pretty clear across the board what we have to do."

Lacy's 11-yard touchdown reception with 31 seconds left in the half left the Irish fans shaking the heads in disbelief, while the Alabama faithful broke out that familiar "SEC! SEC! SEC!"

Alabama made it 35-0 on McCarron's second TD pass of the night, a 34-yarder to Cooper without a Notre Dame defender in sight.

The Irish finally scored late in the third quarter, a 2-yard run by Everett Golson that served no other purpose except to end Alabama's remarkable scoreless streak in the BCS title games, which stretched to 108 minute and 7 seconds — the equivalent of nearly two full games — before the Notre Dame quarterback fought his way into the end zone.

The only BCS title game that was more of a blowout was USC's 55-19 victory over Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl, a title that was later vacated because of NCAA violations.

About the only time Alabama stumbled was when McCarron had a miscommunication with his All-American center, Barrett Jones, in the closing seconds. The fiery McCarron shouted at Jones, who just shoved him away. But as the seconds ticked off, they were right on the same page, hugging Saban and celebrating another title.

Notre Dame went from unranked in the preseason to the top spot in the rankings by the end of the regular season, winning two games in overtime and three other times by seven points or less. But that long-awaited championship will have to wait at least one more year.

Golson completed his first season as the starter by going 21 of 36 for 270 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. But he got no help from the running game, which was held to 32 yards — 170 below its season average.

Kelly had vowed this was only beginning, insisting the bar has been raised in South Bend no matter what the outcome.

"We made incredible strides to get to this point," he said. "Now it's pretty clear what we've got to do to get over the top."

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pomp_and_circumstance writes:

I can answer the three major questions.

1) Alabama is not Wake Forrest, Pittsburg, Navy, USC etc.

2) The BCS hired Bernie Madoff to do this years rankings.

3) Brian Kelly had agents from the global fan base go to Gainesville, rendition 50 Gators, sneak them to Miami, and force them to put on ND uniforms.

Thermopyle writes:

Perhaps the Bama Championship Series will finally bring a playoff system to fruition in the FBS.

Tennfan4075 writes:

nd

SummittsCourt writes:

Tennessee will always be the first BCS National Champion.

Prostar writes:

Bama beat ND by almost the same score they beat us and we weren't ranked anywhere near #1 and we didn't wait until 4 minutes left in the 3rd qtr. to score our touchdown. A better game may have been Texas A&M again or perhaps Oregon. It's obvious ND was not the number one team in the country.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Roll fricking Tide!!!
Congrats, Bama.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Got a little sick of the post-game talking about Saban having his players "programmed". He recruits quality kids, teaches them football, and poise.

Sure as hell wish we'd been able to hire him.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Time for a real playoff:

32 teams, 6 weeks.

Get it done.

HallowedHill writes:

Congratulations to Bama for a well-earned victory. It's a shame that the BCS completely failed this year by selecting an unworthy ND team that had no business playing after January 1st.

GainesvilleVol1 writes:

To the victor goes the spoils, congrats to Bama and their fans on another NC!

BCS equals poor matchups in the bowls.

GO VOLS!

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

While I agree to an extent on the BCS....please never forget how bad it was BEFORE the BCS.

But yeah, I want a real playoff in place before I'm turned to ashes.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Remember when UT football was relevant??

It's been 10 years now.

tennisvol writes:

Yea, another great job by the BCS ranking Notre Dame #1. What if they had not had the playoff game, Notre Dame would have ended the season #1.
Let's get on with the playoffs.

15_counting writes:

As a Bama fan I'm in full agreement ND had no business in that game! But the media drove ND to the top. Can we say "fall from grace"! Just in case anyone didn't notice Notre Dame is not back! Six SEC teams GA, FL, Ole Miss, A&M, and Vandy would all have beaten ND last night.

Razzle writes:

in response to emailnodata:

While I agree to an extent on the BCS....please never forget how bad it was BEFORE the BCS.

But yeah, I want a real playoff in place before I'm turned to ashes.

Yes! Make some of these bowl games count for something.

tennisvol writes:

in response to 15_counting:

As a Bama fan I'm in full agreement ND had no business in that game! But the media drove ND to the top. Can we say "fall from grace"! Just in case anyone didn't notice Notre Dame is not back! Six SEC teams GA, FL, Ole Miss, A&M, and Vandy would all have beaten ND last night.

Agree except I would add LSU and probably South Carolina. Notre Dame would not have reached the SEC Championship game.

rtrchatt writes:

As a lifelong Bama fan its very difficult to single out one kid when the program has always been all about the team. However Barrett Jones from Germantown, Tn leaves the Capstone as perhaps the most accomplished student athelete in SEC history. BJ was a 4 time academic all american graduating with a BS and MS in accounting. He won the 2012 Campbell Award also known as the Academic Heishman. 2011 Outland trophy and 2012 Remington trophy winner, all SEC OL 3 yrs and consensus all american 2 yrs. In 5 yrs his teams won a national record 61 games in 5 yrs and a SEC record 49 wins in 4 yrs. As a captain of the 2012 team he played in the BCSCG with torn ligaments in his left foot and will have surgery this week. He will be out 3/4 months and miss the NFL combine, but despite this he lead his teammates without regard to his immediate NFL career. Great job young man, best wishes for a speedy recovery and from all Tide Nation in East Tn, THANK YOU. Roll Tide

15_counting writes:

in response to tennisvol:

Agree except I would add LSU and probably South Carolina. Notre Dame would not have reached the SEC Championship game.

Agreed. I had South Carolina in mind as one of the six and left them off. LSU might have been able to as well if Les didn't screw it up some how! That means half of the SEC could have beaten the "so called" number 1 team in the country! Sad.

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to emailnodata:

Got a little sick of the post-game talking about Saban having his players "programmed". He recruits quality kids, teaches them football, and poise.

Sure as hell wish we'd been able to hire him.

Programmed and pumped with chemicals. It's The Plantation. Round faces and receded hairlines.

oldster writes:

Just think, in the days before the BCS, when the Sportswriters voted for the national championship, Notre Dame would have won it. Could they beat Georgia? How about LSU? Texas A&M? Gators? How about Oregon or Kansas State? I think only in the minds of Yankees.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

The SEC rules yet again. Notre Dame was fortunate to be there especially with the missed field goal in O T by Pitt. Saban just does what he needs to do........to me, Kelley came across as a little brash and well.....we see the result.

Was curious as to who the ones calling the game would be, and there he was.........Musberger. Herbstreit is okay, but Brent.........along with on 2 occasions, spotting the line of scrimmage with incorrect comments about where the ball was........acted as if he'd never seen a beautiful girl ( McCarron's girlfriend ) as he went on and on about her. Still, we could have had Vern Lundquist so it could have been a little worse.

Anyway, we already know how Bama did with Texas A & M, so they didn't get a mulligan with them as they did with LSU last year. A game with Oregon apparently would have been very interesting. Anyway, don't be too quick to give the crystal ball to them in 2013. A trip to College Station looms on Sept 14, and A & M has this Heisman Trophy winner waiting.

A thorough dismantling of Notre Dame which left no doubts. You have to have the players first........then be able to coach them. Alabama had both.

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

I have to hand it to ua, and please know that for my generation they are the biggest UT rival, not uf. Saban has every facet of the game coached up to the highest level. And his players don’t play like thugs the way the punks at uf do - cheap shots, talking smack every play. They just kick your butt so hard your helmet turns around and you are looking out the earhole, and they walk away. That highly touted nd linebacker looked like he had seen a ghost when the camera caught him on the sidelines. And all the hoopla about missing tackles, good grief, it was talent level and coaching difference Herbie.

Coaching matters, and yes, stars matter, as the team rankings in one recruiting index shows for the past 4 years: 2012 ua #1, nd #20; 2011 ua #1, nd #10; 2010 ua #5, nd #14; 2009 ua #1, nd #21.

And isn't it something to see a big RB break tackles and make something when nothing is there? Yeldon and former ua RB Richardson 5*, Lacy 4*.

Stars matter, and with the great O line we have coming back, get us a big 5* RB for the 1st time in many years (maybe after ua, uf, uga, oh st, tx and nd get theirs, 1 will be left for us), and we'll see how much the ground game improves and allows our new QB time to learn and grow into his leadership role.

8inarow writes:

Notre Dame was so bad, that I think that the Vols could have held their own against them, at least for a quarter.

Vandy would have killed them.

VOL1972 writes:

The AL win and final poll are clear proof of where the SEC is. This is the competition UT has to face this fall. 7 wins will be quite an accomplishment. Good luck CBJ. Some of us get it

TKO writes:

Congrats bama. Please upgrade to Target this year

TheBigGipperNRealSports (Inactive) writes:

Its not always about x's and o's, its about Jimmies and Joes.

traderjoe writes:

Brian Kelly looked worse than Derek Dooley against Bama. Makes you wonder about all the hoopla from the squirt league. But we have no worry cause Saban's second best to our bestest staff in the country...couldn't resist. I guess we'll find out soon enough whether we got bravado or the real deal.

ktownorange32 writes:

I have to say even at 32 yrs old, im still young when it comes to the Tenn/Bama rivalry. By no means do i not understand tradition and hope this steps on no ones toes, but I grew up in the heat of the Tenn/Fl hatred years and to be honest i wouldn't mind not playing Bama every year. It doesnt help our program to face that kinda team every year. Like i said, to all the vintage fans that LOVE that rivalry please keep in mind that when i was a teen we beat Bama 7 yrs in a row and split with em up until Saban's arrival, so for me i just don't think Tenn/Bama is what it used to be. I'm thinking only of Tenn's growth and if we gotta take a loss to them every year that could potentially knock us out of contention of just getting to the SEC championship (which we would probably have to face them there anyways lol), why continue a every year meeting. Under the current structure we would be forced to meet them twice in every 4 year gap anyways. I don't see Saban leaving anytime soon. 5 mil a year and he's a god in tuscaloosa. If this was the 90's for the Vols i wouldn't even be making this speech. And sure this sounds like I'm scared for my team to play Bama, but if we are all honest with ourselves, for the last 6 years, every 3rd sat in Oct, whether we say it out loud or not..... we've thinking "bleep, i wish we didnt have to play this game". I felt that way about Florida as well for several years but we are in the east with em and can't do anything about it. I swear im VFL. Im sitting in my office surrounded by orange of all types...... Im just thinking we are at a crossroads and scheduling someone every year that everyone in tenn has to pray for a miracle to win is not in the best interest of growing the program.

david_light_38230#225602 writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

As a lifelong Bama fan its very difficult to single out one kid when the program has always been all about the team. However Barrett Jones from Germantown, Tn leaves the Capstone as perhaps the most accomplished student athelete in SEC history. BJ was a 4 time academic all american graduating with a BS and MS in accounting. He won the 2012 Campbell Award also known as the Academic Heishman. 2011 Outland trophy and 2012 Remington trophy winner, all SEC OL 3 yrs and consensus all american 2 yrs. In 5 yrs his teams won a national record 61 games in 5 yrs and a SEC record 49 wins in 4 yrs. As a captain of the 2012 team he played in the BCSCG with torn ligaments in his left foot and will have surgery this week. He will be out 3/4 months and miss the NFL combine, but despite this he lead his teammates without regard to his immediate NFL career. Great job young man, best wishes for a speedy recovery and from all Tide Nation in East Tn, THANK YOU. Roll Tide

Well said . . . this young man is a Champion on and off of the field!

Congratulations to Alabama!

GO VOLS!

D60 writes:

Now CBJ you see what you got to do,your old boss didn't fair so well. You better start recruiting some 5 star atheletes

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to ktownorange32:

I have to say even at 32 yrs old, im still young when it comes to the Tenn/Bama rivalry. By no means do i not understand tradition and hope this steps on no ones toes, but I grew up in the heat of the Tenn/Fl hatred years and to be honest i wouldn't mind not playing Bama every year. It doesnt help our program to face that kinda team every year. Like i said, to all the vintage fans that LOVE that rivalry please keep in mind that when i was a teen we beat Bama 7 yrs in a row and split with em up until Saban's arrival, so for me i just don't think Tenn/Bama is what it used to be. I'm thinking only of Tenn's growth and if we gotta take a loss to them every year that could potentially knock us out of contention of just getting to the SEC championship (which we would probably have to face them there anyways lol), why continue a every year meeting. Under the current structure we would be forced to meet them twice in every 4 year gap anyways. I don't see Saban leaving anytime soon. 5 mil a year and he's a god in tuscaloosa. If this was the 90's for the Vols i wouldn't even be making this speech. And sure this sounds like I'm scared for my team to play Bama, but if we are all honest with ourselves, for the last 6 years, every 3rd sat in Oct, whether we say it out loud or not..... we've thinking "bleep, i wish we didnt have to play this game". I felt that way about Florida as well for several years but we are in the east with em and can't do anything about it. I swear im VFL. Im sitting in my office surrounded by orange of all types...... Im just thinking we are at a crossroads and scheduling someone every year that everyone in tenn has to pray for a miracle to win is not in the best interest of growing the program.

Others can fill you in more on why the rivalry matters.

I'll be a bit technical: in this era, with limited scholarships, there are a lot of good players out there who won't be going to Bama. One way for them to make a name for themselves is to go to a school where they PLAY Bama. Playing well against the best matters.

That kid from ND, the LB who got lit up?? He's an example of a kid who's never played football at SEC level, much less the "best" SEC level.

MGVOL22 writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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I love the "Joe Coach" comments ... So let me guess, if they implemented your plan they ND would have either 1) Won the game or 2) Made it a close game like 28-24....

So why are you not coaching? or You are the coach of what team?

Wait, I will answer the questions .... You arent coaching because you have never played football or coached, but yet you know everything there is about coaching/playing football....

If you had Bama's O and D figured out, why didn't you just go to all their opponents and give them your game plan....IDIOT, haha

brokendownoldvol writes:

What a joke. Notre Dame would have finished 7th or 8th in the SEC.

tgiles1944#654264 writes:

Talent 85% Coaching 15%

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to MGVOL22:

I love the "Joe Coach" comments ... So let me guess, if they implemented your plan they ND would have either 1) Won the game or 2) Made it a close game like 28-24....

So why are you not coaching? or You are the coach of what team?

Wait, I will answer the questions .... You arent coaching because you have never played football or coached, but yet you know everything there is about coaching/playing football....

If you had Bama's O and D figured out, why didn't you just go to all their opponents and give them your game plan....IDIOT, haha

@MG
So what?? He put the effort into thinking and writing his ideas.

While you put your effort into being a flamer??

Clue you in: being an a## in real life doesn't mean you have to be one online.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to tgiles1944#654264:

Talent 85% Coaching 15%

@TG
No, sadly, that would have been UT ins Phil's best days.

Did you not notice the amazing poise??
No
-late hits
-offsides
-motion penalties
IN fact, the QB/Center flareup was about the only crack-up. Of the penalizes called on the Tide, at least 3 were questionable, basically "mercy" calls.

8inarow writes:

Congrats to #23 Vandy! Go Dores!

dvhill100 writes:

College football is the SEC's world and everyone else is just renting space.

Supersayin1 writes:

in response to HopeisNotaCourseofAction:

I have to hand it to ua, and please know that for my generation they are the biggest UT rival, not uf. Saban has every facet of the game coached up to the highest level. And his players don’t play like thugs the way the punks at uf do - cheap shots, talking smack every play. They just kick your butt so hard your helmet turns around and you are looking out the earhole, and they walk away. That highly touted nd linebacker looked like he had seen a ghost when the camera caught him on the sidelines. And all the hoopla about missing tackles, good grief, it was talent level and coaching difference Herbie.

Coaching matters, and yes, stars matter, as the team rankings in one recruiting index shows for the past 4 years: 2012 ua #1, nd #20; 2011 ua #1, nd #10; 2010 ua #5, nd #14; 2009 ua #1, nd #21.

And isn't it something to see a big RB break tackles and make something when nothing is there? Yeldon and former ua RB Richardson 5*, Lacy 4*.

Stars matter, and with the great O line we have coming back, get us a big 5* RB for the 1st time in many years (maybe after ua, uf, uga, oh st, tx and nd get theirs, 1 will be left for us), and we'll see how much the ground game improves and allows our new QB time to learn and grow into his leadership role.

So true so true!!
So many of these guys here believe that all you have to do is COACH up 2and 3* Players and you can win National titles!! Sorry but you can't and stars do matter!!!

Also Alabama proved that 2 Big powerful backs are neede, so why are we always recruiting these 175-200lbs RB's with no power, awarness,toughness,speed,and tackle breaking ability?

Everytime I see a 190lb RB get an offer from us I cry a bit inside.

Bama looks like a pro team out there in every area, thats how we should like!

Your comment is spot on!

BruisedOrange writes:

in response to MGVOL22:

I love the "Joe Coach" comments ... So let me guess, if they implemented your plan they ND would have either 1) Won the game or 2) Made it a close game like 28-24....

So why are you not coaching? or You are the coach of what team?

Wait, I will answer the questions .... You arent coaching because you have never played football or coached, but yet you know everything there is about coaching/playing football....

If you had Bama's O and D figured out, why didn't you just go to all their opponents and give them your game plan....IDIOT, haha

So instead of critiquing WHAT he said (maybe because you don't know?) you critiqued WHO he is--which you certainly don't know.

What DO you know?

Next time, bring something you know or an opinion about the topic.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

One thing I noticed this bowl season:
SEC defenses got torched a bit.

Don't know the "why", but teams like Clemson and Louisville were able to exploit the D's they faced big-time. In many of the SEC bowl games, the other team moved the ball well.

Even sad-sack ND moved the ball at times.

Anyway, just found that odd.

Show-me-your-TDs writes:

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MGVOL22 writes:

in response to BruisedOrange:

So instead of critiquing WHAT he said (maybe because you don't know?) you critiqued WHO he is--which you certainly don't know.

What DO you know?

Next time, bring something you know or an opinion about the topic.

My opinion is all these dummies talking like they know a thing or two about coaching and what goes into game planning...thats what I do know...

I also know that I coached and played college ball; therefore even though I can't stand ND, I can't stand idiots who think they know what goes into making a game plan and think they have better ideas when all they do is watch it on TV and "follow the ball"

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to MGVOL22:

My opinion is all these dummies talking like they know a thing or two about coaching and what goes into game planning...thats what I do know...

I also know that I coached and played college ball; therefore even though I can't stand ND, I can't stand idiots who think they know what goes into making a game plan and think they have better ideas when all they do is watch it on TV and "follow the ball"

So, you "can't stand idiots" yet you are on a fan site where, basically, that is what fans do.

Hell, kid, I'm sure there is a site out there for experts.

Me? I'm dumb enough to understand zone blocking and trap blocks and the like, but I'm happy to be dumb.

ktownorange32 writes:

in response to emailnodata:

Others can fill you in more on why the rivalry matters.

I'll be a bit technical: in this era, with limited scholarships, there are a lot of good players out there who won't be going to Bama. One way for them to make a name for themselves is to go to a school where they PLAY Bama. Playing well against the best matters.

That kid from ND, the LB who got lit up?? He's an example of a kid who's never played football at SEC level, much less the "best" SEC level.

I do agree with what you're saying. I'm only speaking to the state our program is in at this point and time and what growth will require. I promise i have back read my teams history and understand the signifigance of the rivalry in the past. I'm not saying cut the game out completely. We will still be forced to play them 2 years out of every 4. My problem is look at the stigma "streaks" cause. Our streak against Kentucky "was" a huge motivating factor for our strength in that smaller rivalry. And the same goes for Vandy. I just don't think its a healthy situation for a program that wants to rise to the top to have the stigma of being beaten x number of times in a row by any other team. As much as i love my Vols, im a realist. It doesn't help us build back up no matter how much CBJ improves the program (which i think he will)to have streaks against us that can and DO sit in the players heads. This is the SEC. What you're saying about the players playing against the best will happen year in and year out. 3 SEC east teams finished in the top 15 and 5 SEC teams total finished in the top 25. Tenn players will face top tier teams without having Bama on our schedule every year

traderjoe writes:

in response to Supersayin1:

So true so true!!
So many of these guys here believe that all you have to do is COACH up 2and 3* Players and you can win National titles!! Sorry but you can't and stars do matter!!!

Also Alabama proved that 2 Big powerful backs are neede, so why are we always recruiting these 175-200lbs RB's with no power, awarness,toughness,speed,and tackle breaking ability?

Everytime I see a 190lb RB get an offer from us I cry a bit inside.

Bama looks like a pro team out there in every area, thats how we should like!

Your comment is spot on!

LOL...you got it. We recruit the leftovers apparently hoping that smallness equals invisibility. Well, I see we got a 4 star receiver. Are we even approaching the 5 stars? The Bama running backs the last few years have been incredible...tough and punishing runners. We have so many needs CJ better make the best of his first recruiting year because it's going to take at least 3 years to come close to what Bama has sitting on the bench. I doubt if Hart or CJ last beyond 3 years if we're not winning. A hundred thousand seat stadium can look very empty when the forever faithful stop paying to see what we had on display the last 3 years.

LCPanthers (Inactive) writes:

It just proves Irish were not a number 1 team.They never played the caliber of teams in SEC.Maybe they were a number 5 team.ALabama had the best defense and frankly all phases of game.

hikerdude writes:

Musberger has got to be the worst sportscaster ever.

HighPlainsVol writes:

in response to emailnodata:

Others can fill you in more on why the rivalry matters.

I'll be a bit technical: in this era, with limited scholarships, there are a lot of good players out there who won't be going to Bama. One way for them to make a name for themselves is to go to a school where they PLAY Bama. Playing well against the best matters.

That kid from ND, the LB who got lit up?? He's an example of a kid who's never played football at SEC level, much less the "best" SEC level.

All the hype Teo got was ludicrous and based on the ND bias of the media. He is not close to being in the class of Clowney or Jarvis Jones or several others in the SEC. ND has always been the team I disliked more than all others. They have been an overrated,overhyped team since the Parsegian era.

The1 writes:

Saban starts at Alabama in 2007. We fire Fulmer in 2008. What if we'd fired Fulmer a year sooner? Would Saban have been coaching at TN for the past 5 years?

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