Happy Monday, everyone. It’s LSU week and, as you might expect given the trajectory of the two teams, Vegas has installed the Tide as four touchdown favorites. That’s a hefty number against any SEC team but seems appropriate here. The game will be played under the lights.
Alabama will play in its fourth consecutive night game Saturday when it hosts LSU at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.
The SEC made the announcement Sunday after CBS chose Auburn vs. Texas A&M as its 2:30 p.m. CT game of the week. Georgia vs. Missouri, the other game with a kickoff time yet to be decided last week, will begin at 11 a.m. CT.
So it turns out that the best way to get more night games on the schedule is to have some of your conference opponents suck so that CBS won’t pick your game.
Tom Fornelli says the Tide shouldn’t get too cocky this week.
LSU at No. 3 Alabama (-28): Life comes at you fast, doesn’t it? Most years, this is one of the biggest games of the regular season. This year, Alabama is favored by four touchdowns as LSU plays out the string under Ed Orgeron, and nobody is even sure it’ll be able to reach a bowl game. Of course, crazier things have happened, and we shouldn’t take anything for granted in this rivalry.
Sage advice there. Alabama will be playing against themselves through November. Hopefully they can go undefeated.
Bryce Young still leads for the Heisman.
Walker ran for five touchdowns in Saturday’s upset win over Michigan, shortening his odds from +1600 last week. Williams, a freshman, has thrown for 14 touchdowns and run for three more in four games since replacing preseason Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler against Texas on Oct. 9.
Young ranks fifth in the country in passing efficiency rating (177.1), behind both Williams and Stroud.
Bryce’s deep ball is the only thing keeping him from putting up a passer rating number near 200 as we saw in the previous two seasons. While it’s true that he is behind both Williams and Stroud in that metric, it isn’t by much and Young has thrown the ball more against a much tougher schedule. Kenneth Walker is the guy who is kind of coming out of nowhere and has some momentum after scoring 5 TDs against Michigan.
The two biggest stories from the NFL weekend involve former Alabama players and neither is terribly positive. First, Calvin Ridley announced that he will be stepping away from football indefinitely.
Man, this is tough. Obviously the first thought has to be concern for Calvin. Just yesterday on Fox NFL Sunday, Eagles OL Lane Johnson spoke about his battle with anxiety and depression. He stepped away for three games, was able to return and is playing well. It was a very positive story and Lane was praised for having the courage to speak out. Perhaps we will know more at some point about what Ridley is dealing with.
On the other hand, these guys only have the ability to take time off in such a fashion because of the contracts that make them wealthy beyond comprehension for the average fan whose eyeballs are funding them. The Falcons traded Julio Jones to make Calvin the franchise wide receiver this season and used him heavily in marketing. We are eight weeks into the NFL season, leaving only 10 more. It’s fair to ask if a player should be able to find a way to leverage the vast resources at his disposal to manage the issue and stick it out for a couple of months, then fully step away at the end of the season.
In any case, here’s hoping he’s able to overcome whatever it is and end up in a better place.
The news that really shook the NFL yesterday was just awful.
Henry rushed 28 times for 68 yards against the Colts. It wasn’t his typical outing, as he leads the NFL in rushing yards (937) and rushing touchdowns (10). He was seen talking with trainers on the sideline in the first half while walking without one of his cleats, but he returned to the game and finished it out. Henry has been able to avoid the injury bug for the majority of his career, as he has missed just one game. Now, the MVP candidate is facing the possibility of missing a lot more.
Of course he played the entire second half on a broken foot. That’s what Derrick Henry does.
Still, this is just terrible news for him and the Tennessee Titans. I guess nobody is indestructible.
Najee had a nice day with 120 total yards and this touchdown.
Last, Coop made this crazy catch...
...and then this one to seal the victory.
Amari Cooper. Game winner. pic.twitter.com/RBEvl0XEWc— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) November 1, 2021
That’s about it for today. Have a great week.