The Glory Years Just Got Better at Alabama
By: Larry Burton
Watching Alabama dismantle Ole Miss’ defense in the first half of last week’s game was a shocking revelation. Just when you thought thought that the glory years that Alabama was having under Nick Saban couldn’t possibly get any better, they do.
With Tua Tagovailoa under center, it is now not outside of the realm of possibility that Alabama can score each time they possess the ball.
Alabama could have hung 80 points on every team they’ve played so far this season if Saban had chosen to keep his foot on the gas and just let Tua does what he does so darn well.
Alabama is like the old gorilla joke in golf, “Yes, he can drive the ball four hundred yards each tee shot, but he four puts on the green.” They’ve always been a team with a killer defense but an offense that sputters. Now they have a putter and opposing teams can only shutter at what they see coming at them.
Try and defend any one of the talented receivers one on one and Tua will burn you with the man you left man to man. Play a nickle or dime package on them and they’ll kill you with the running backs they have in equal abundance.
Whether it’s Damien Harris breaking a 75 yard run or Tua throwing a 75 yard TD, this is an offense that just needs to be admired while it’s still in existence and just marvel at what they can do.
As Alabama faces tougher SEC opponents, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind at this point that even the best SEC defenses and they are some of the best defenses in the nation, have any clue how to stop this offensive machine that is cranking out scores at will. Most won’t even have a clue how to slow it down.
While on the other side of the ball, Alabama’s “Nasty Boys” defense is putting together another one of those years where they just go out and impose their will on offenses and limit not only production, but scoring as well.
Folks, I am 61 years old this season and have lived through and written about an awful lot of good football teams and have never seen a team this complete on both sides of the ball in my life. OK, the field goal kicking isn’t perfect, but when you’re putting up 60 points plus on an SEC team, you may can overlook that small flaw on the team.
Earlier this year a coach was overheard saying, “If this team lives up to what they’re capable of, they’ll score on every drive.” I thought that was a little too optimistic at the time, but now I see why they felt that way.
And folks, so many of the stars that are that making this offense the unstoppable juggernaut that it is are only sophomores. Can the glory years get any better? I’d say it’s certainly possible.
Right now there’s Alabama and every other team is playing for second place. If there’s a team out there can beat this team, they haven’t shown it in the first three games.
Enjoy this season folks, this may be the one I tell my grandkids about some day and they may have to look it up to believe it. I can hardly believe it myself.
Larry has been published in almost every media outlet for college sports and now primarily writes here for Touchdown Alabama. Follow Larry on Twitter for inside thoughts and game time comments at https://twitter.com/LBSportswriter