Happy Monday, everyone. Fresh off a convincing Iron Bowl victory to cap off the most dominant 12-0 season in modern college football history, the Tide may be getting even better. Terrell Lewis has set off a social media firestorm with this tweet.
Debating if I should pick up where I left off... pic.twitter.com/ENQIuQJj87— Terrell Lewis (@_Real24_) November 25, 2018
Then Mack Wilson doubled down with a little cryptic post of his own.
Seems like we may have a surprise this weekend..— Lyndell “Mack” Wilson Dirty3o™️ (@iam__mw3o) November 26, 2018
As long as he’s truly ready and not rushing it, what a huge boost that would be to a pass rush that has already been excellent.
Wrapping up Auburn:
-- Joseph Bulovas was perfect on extra points though the second one looked like it snuck in there. The field goal attempt was a big moment for confidence and he drove it right down the middle.
-- Alabama sacked Stidham three times and recorded eight QB hurries. I remember seeing Stidham on the field at the end of the game and his all-white jersey was filthy with grass stains.
-- On the blocked punt, Auburn just overloaded the protection. It had four players running free to the punter with three personal protectors. Two Tigers were there to block it with ease.
2.] Buggs goes down with knee injury, holding penalty negates AU touchdownThe situation: Scoreless game, 10:15 remaining in the first quarter. First-and-10 for Auburn from its own 25.
What happened: A holding penalty on Auburn H-back Chandler Cox negated a 75-yard touchdown run by Shaun Shivers. On the play, defensive end Isaiah Buggs fell victim to a cut block, forcing the senior from the game with a knee injury.
Yeah, they overloaded the protection on the punt block, but Big Mike also appeared to be counting all of the stitches on the ball before kicking it. Georgia is going to be coming after you, Mike. Kick the damn thing. Oh, and may the dirty bastard who cut Isaiah Buggs come down with some horrible affliction. This is two straight years that an Alabama player has suffered a knee injury at the hands of those cretins.
The talent all over the field really jumps out in this video of Tua’s six TDs.
Five passing touchdowns. One rushing score.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 24, 2018
Tua Tagovailoa had an Iron Bowl performance for the ages. pic.twitter.com/HuBsuNuSdm
First off, you see why Josh Jacobs is on the field so much. He opens the video by shoving fools into the end zone on Tua’s TD run, then later looks like a WR as he makes an outstanding adjustment to the ball, secures it, then breaks three tackles on his way to the end zone. Jerry Jeudy shows off his speed, Devonta Smith breaks some poor schlub’s ankles, and Henry Ruggs III is just insane.
Speaking of Henry...
Let me introduce y’all to my heart ☺️ “L I M I T E D” Human Edition I love you! Thanks for making this weekend the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER @__RUGGS #IronBowl #MCM #BeatAuburn #RollTide pic.twitter.com/leWRxZwl8e— Rudy Washington (@K_Rudy11) November 25, 2018
Henry’s high school sweetheart, Kiara “Rudy” Washington, is a college volleyball player. Potential future children are going to get scholarship offers while still in the womb.
Of course, we can’t forget the final TD that produced the loudest roar of the season.
Wow. @AlabamaFTBL's Jaylen Waddle hit 21.88 mph. Tyreek Hill's top ball carrying speed this year is 21.95. #lookout pic.twitter.com/XICpb84aDE— Logic Sports (@LogicSports3) November 25, 2018
Jalen Hurts has turned into a folk hero, and talk about speed. This team is ridiculous.
The mentor and protege spoke about the SEC Championship Game.
ON HOW TO STOP AN ALABAMA OFFENSE OUTSCORING ALL OF ITS OPPONENTS BY 20 POINTS OR MORE
”Well, you’ve got to play good. You’ve got to be able to cover people. You’ve got to be able to effect the quarterback. You’ve got to try to make them one-dimensional, but sometimes one-dimensional for them is they’re okay with it. They want to be able to attack you down the field, attack you vertically, and you’ve got to play good football.
”Look, I don’t think there’s anybody that’s going to go out there and stone cold these guys. When you watch them play, you see them score points, so you’ve got to do a great job of creating turnovers, creating lost yardage plays, and you’ve got to make plays on the ball when you’re not looking at it, when you’re not in plays and your back’s to the ball, you’re going to have to make some plays on the ball because they throw the ball vertically down the field.”
ON KIRBY SMART’S GROWTH AS A COACH
“I think Kirby has done a fantastic job, and no surprise to me. Georgia has always had a pretty good program, no doubt, and he has taken it to the next level. They’ve done an outstanding job of recruiting good players, but they’ve also done a really good job of developing the players and getting the players on their team to play at a high level on a consistent basis.
”So I always like to see guys -- hey, we grew up with Kirby, and we were there when his children were born, and I know his family and have a tremendous amount of respect for him and appreciate the great job he did for us for nine or ten years or however long he was with us. You always like to see those guys do well. When you compete against them, it’s really not personal, at least not to me. I’m for trying to get our team ready to play the best that they can play for our players’ sake, and I’m sure he’s going to do the same thing for his team.”
“At least not to me.” We see you, Nick.
Some rat poison for you:
The 75-yard dime to Jeudy felt like a proverbial Heisman moment, but Tagovailoa’s entire season has included plays that seem to punch a ticket to New York City. On the ensuing possession, he floated a pass right into the breadbasket of Joshua Jacobs that ended with six points and many, many more slacked jaws.
The response was peak Alabama, a team that comes on like an avalanche and overwhelms anything it comes into contact with. It was to the point on Saturday night that beating Auburn by 31 felt like an understatement.
Nothing guarantees Alabama’s rush to the championship will continue, of course, but there are no signs of it stopping anytime soon. Whatever questions the team had before have been answered in resounding fashion, from the quarterback to the defense and everything in between. It’s to the point where the only thing being asked these days is where this team stacks up on the all-time list.
Auburn, the last opponent to step in front of the Crimson Tide locomotive in the regular season, played hard but simply couldn’t get off the tracks in time to escape. It’s an idiosyncrasy that’s part of Alabama season — you could watch most of Saturday’s game and say “Auburn is playing pretty well on defense” and then you look and see 52 points on the scoreboard.
What played out Saturday was similar to the other 11 games so far. Alabama hasn’t played a perfect game and probably won’t. “If you look for perfection,” to quote Natalie’s warning in Anna Karenina, “you’ll never be content.”
Yet that seems to be the standard Alabama is playing against. Drama, such as it is, doesn’t arise from the action on the field but from the Crimson Tide’s own pursuit of how good it can be.
As long as this team executes, nobody will make a game terribly close. There isn’t an offense in college football that this defense can’t hold in the 20s, and there isn’t a defense that this offense can’t hang 40 on if necessary.
If you haven’t already seen this video, get out the tissues.
Thursday nights before Alabama games, Nick Saban gets the inside scoop from one of his biggest fans. ( @ExxonMobil) pic.twitter.com/3lNQGDWQWH— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 24, 2018
As always, there is so much to learn from those with special needs. While the rest of us continually bitch about what really is minutiae in the grand scheme of things, Walt wakes up every morning happy to be alive. He clearly impacts Saban and the Alabama players.
Alabama had an outstanding recruiting weekend.
The Tide also got 2020 commits from four-star receiver Javon Bakerand four-star running back Roydell Williams of Hueytown since winning the Iron Bowl on Saturday night.
Braswell would become the highest-ranked member of the 2020 class ahead of Calera’s Jayson Jones, the No. 41 overall prospect in 247Sports’ composite.
They continue to make a huge push for 2019 five stars as well. Nolan Smith, Nakobe Dean, Ishmael Sopsher, Trey Sanders, and Evan Neal all reportedly had outstanding visits on Saturday. If those five somehow all end up in Crimson, this will be the best class in history, and it won’t be terribly close. Add Clay Webb to the list and everybody else may as well go ahead and forfeit the next three years. I maintain that they will land at least four of those six names.
It was a big weekend for Alabama players in the NFL, too.
For the third time in his NFL career, Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake ran for a touchdown and caught a TD pass in the same game on Sunday.
Along with the first NFL touchdowns of Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cyrus Jones and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Foster, Alabama alumni scored four TDs on Sunday -- the same number that former Crimson Tide players scored during the NFL’s Thanksgiving tripleheader on Thursday -- giving Bama eight touchdowns for Week 12 so far.
THE BOMB.#JAXvsBUF #GoBills pic.twitter.com/SGNOryAdu2— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 25, 2018
Don’t look now, but Foster has amassed 199 receiving yards in his last two games. He may be on his way to stardom as a deep threat in Brian Daboll’s offense. The speed was always there. Drake is turning into a legit NFL stud, and Cyrus Jones’s TD came on a punt return:
BALTIMORE'S OWN! pic.twitter.com/e5GuSb1krU— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 25, 2018
Congratulations to the Baltimore native. Hopefully he finds a long career there.
Unfortunately there was some bad news too, as Reuben Foster was cut from the 49ers after his second domestic violence arrest involving the same woman who previously accused him and then recanted. The million dollar question, of course, is why either of them were still with the other after that episode. I’m afraid that Reuben just isn’t very smart.
Last, did y’all see this Dabo quote?
“I’m going to say it one more time: we’ve had eight 10-plus win seasons, we’re 12-0. Third time in the history of this school we’ve won five state championships in a row. And when that’s not enough for some people, that’s sad. That’s sad.
”I ain’t ever going to apologize for a 21-point win over our rival. And winning five straight games over our rival.
”There’s been some articles pushed my way and some comments, I’m not gonna stand for that. Our program is not going to be like that. Our players work too hard. The goal is to win, period. I don’t want to ever be a program -- ever -- that doesn’t appreciate winning.
”Just look around college football, there’s a lot of people that would love to have the program that we have here, I can tell you that.
”12-0 ain’t good enough? Then it’s time for me to seek other places. Make sure you get that.”
Publicly threatening your fans is a bold move, Cotton. Saban laughs at your little spoiled Johnny-come-lately fanbase. Seriously, this doesn’t sound like a man who is handling expectations very well.
That’s about it for today. Have a great week.