Hail to the King

Alabama looked beatable on Saturday, until they showed the world why they’ve been the top dog all along.

By John Griffin

@JohnRGriffin

In an instant it was over. LSU’s championship dreams were shattered, Tiger Stadium silenced after a 28-yard screen pass from AJ McCarron to TJ Yeldon lifted the Crimson Tide in the waning seconds of their 21-17 victory. Alabama will remain #1, now battle-tested and seemingly prone to mistakes. McCarron had only completed 1 pass in the second half until Alabama’s game winning drive. The Alabama defense gave up a season-high 435 yards, and even oft-bemoaned LSU QB Zach Mettenberger looked good against the vaunted defense of Nick Saban. LSU held Alabama to just 331 yards, almost 100 under their season average. Yet McCarron, Yeldon and the Tide found a way.

Give credit to the Alabama quarterback. It’s frequently been said that he’s never had to win games on his own. Well, scratch that criticism. When it really counted, McCarron turned on, hitting 4 of 5 passes on his final drive to seal the game. However, some cracks in the armor have emerged. Were you watching, Oregon?

The Ducks rocketed past #7 USC, 62-51. Oregon accumulated 730 yards of offense, and between the 2 teams there were 2 punts. The victory likely secures the #2 spot for Oregon, who still has one test remaining in #11 Oregon State. Should Chip Kelly and his team jump that hurdle, a showdown with Alabama in the national championship seems inevitable.

So, speaking of Oregon, do you know who leads the country in total offense? It’s actually Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs are 8-1, ranked #20 and average 570.9 yards a game (that’s almost 10 more than Oregon). Has the competition been stiff? Not really, but how about a round of applause for La Tech reaching the highest ranking in school history?

Players of the Week

Alabama QB AJ McCarron’s stats: 14/29, 165 yards and a touchdown are actually pretty pedestrian. But Alabama’s final drive was a thing of beauty, and McCarron orchestrated it.

TCU WR Josh Boyce came up huge in TCU’s upset of #21 West Virginia in double overtime. He racked up 180 yards on 6 receptions with 2 touchdowns. One of which was 94 yards to tie the game with 90 seconds remaining. Then for fun he caught a 2-point conversion to win the game.

Play of The Week

This was the ultimate punch to the gut for LSU fans.

The Week Ahead

Can Texas A&M vanquish the Crimson Tide? Probably not, but I’d give them a fair chance.

#11 Oregon State vs. #14 Stanford. Beavers vs. Cardinal. Which mascot is dumber?

 

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