Seriously, it is TONIGHT! I woke up this morning and ESPN was still covering college football. I fell asleep in front of the TV watching Reece Davis (is that spelled right?) and Mark May talk about football....at 2:30am. Insane, my friends.
But I've got most of it DVR-ed, so I can go back and watch what on earth they were talking about at 4am. Haha.
I'm off work tomorrow, and today's already been pretty crazy, so I apologize if the updates are, shall we say, not up-to-par.
Mike and Jay have posted their picks for the first weekend. They seem to think that Alabama will catch Western Carolina looking ahead to their Southern Conference showdown with Eastern Kentucky next weekend, and we'll escape with a 28 point victory. Riiiigght. Haha.
The defense, this weekend, will only have 4 returning starters. One of those will be the leader, Mr. Simeon Castille. Check out the CW's story about him here.
DJ Hall is beginning his assault on the record this weekend, but for the first time in three years, it's sans Keith Brown. Mike McCoy will be stepping up as a starter this weekend.
The Tide is ridiculously thin on the front seven this year. Like you didn't already know that. Read more here and here. Wallace Gilberry thinks they'll be proving EVERYBODY wrong.
I'm sure most everyone already knew this, but freshman Josh Chapman will more-than-liekly sit out the season opener against Western Carolina because of the whole Hoover-grade-change-scandal.
The LSU Blog checks in and asks the question "What if LSU lost tonight?" Seriously, it could happen. You never know about these sorta things.
THE MIKE SHULA ERA
#2: Alabama 31 Florida 3Oct. 1st, 2005 in Tuscaloosa, AL
There were all sorts of wonderful things about this game, and one really bad one. First off, it was the first win for Alabama over at top 5 team in Bryant Denny Stadium. Apparently we don't get to play top 5 teams all that often, at least in the past. Second, it gave us the cover of Sports Illustrated - "BAMA IS BACK!" and jumped us WAY up in the rankings, which led to the first battle of top 5 teams in Bryant Denny against LSU later in the year. Third...it was just fun to beat up on the Gators.
The only negative was a huge one - losing Tyrone Prothro in the middle of the fourth quarter. We were up 31-3 and Shula was going for blood. I will NEVER question him having Prothro in the game, like a lot of people do, but I do think that, to put it lightly, it sucked. Big time.
We started the game with a DOMINANT defensive effort, but then Prothro muffed a punt that Florida picked up on our side of the field. After another 3 and out and a punt downed at the 13, Croyle hit Prothro on the first offensive play for an 87 yard touchdown to make it 7-0. After that it was one thing after another - linemen getting an interception, Keith Brown going the distance for another long touchdown, etc. It was the perfect afternoon in Bryant-Denny.
¶ 9:43 AM
wow, I'm anxious to see what #1 is. I was pretty sure the florida game would be #1. # posted by JD : 1:25 PM
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