I’ll say it now: anyone who says that Alabama threw that second half so the BCS wouldn’t have to defend putting a one-loss team in the national title game over an undefeated Boise State or TCU squad is just sick and wrong.
There’s nothing fishy about the Crimson Tide’s performance in the second half whatsoever.
Holding a huge third-quarter lead, Alabama ran 13 plays in the third quarter that were either pass plays or sacks. But it’s not weird at all that the run-heavy Crimson Tide did that, or that their offensive line mysteriously forgot how to block for the entirety of the second half. Their failures did not, repeat DID NOT, directly lead to quarterback Greg McElroy’s injury late in the fourth quarter. Anyone who says that is crazy.
And certainly Nick Saban isn’t a well-known game strategist. Maybe those low expectations he always has for his players had something to do with the meltdown.
Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson getting 20 combined carries for 60 rushing yards isn’t insane either. Ingram sucked in the Iron Bowl game last year too. Richardson’s numbers might have dipped a little bit from last years’s 51-yard, 1 touchdown performance in this same game, but it’s not like he’s that good or an important cog in the Alabama offense.
Really, there’s no reason to get either Ingram or Richardson a ton of carries. Ingram already got his Heisman, and it’ll be Richardson’s show next year anyway. Plus, this is the age of the spread offense. NO ONE just runs the ball with a lead anymore.
Everyone knows this offense is centered around Greg McElroy anyway. Not only is Saban a long-time proponent of the Air Raid offense, but this has been a quarterback-centered offense from the beginning of the year. Besides, McElroy is amazing. Didn’t you watch the game?
Auburn also totally earned that win. Going through an Alabama team that admitted that it hasn’t played a complete game yet this year is totally more worthy than Boise having to play one of the best rushing offenses in the country.
Plus, Auburn’s defense wasn’t totally exposed in the first half. They played great. No idea what game you were watching. They’ve been totally solid all year. That Alabama +4 spread was completely out of line.
And CBS’s announcers were right. BCS conference teams DO deserve to win all the tiebreakers etc. against non-BCS teams because they DO have to overcome road games at Alabama. Oh, except for Oregon. But whatever.
This isn’t about “facts” anyway. It’s about feel. And Auburn FEELS like they deserve a shot at the title even if they lose to South Carolina anyway, right?
So yes, the SEC proved today that they’re better than everyone because people from CBS and ESPN said so, and they don’t have anything that could bias them like, say, a television contract worth $1 billion. See? The BCS isn’t about money after all.
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