Even after Alabama had hit a miraculously long field goal to cut Georgia's halftime lead to 24-20, if you had been able to get anyone in the stadium to place a bet that Alabama would shut out the Bulldogs in the second half and eventually win by three scores, that person would have been immediately drug underneath the catacombs of Bryant-Denny Stadium and administered a test not for Covid-19, but for either drunkenness or basic sanity.
Georgia is coming into town, and while the Bulldogs don't have the kind of dynamic playmaker at quarterback that Ole Miss has in Matt Corral, the Bulldogs have a much better defense, and Alabama likely won't be able to count on matching score for score with the Bullies.
The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded.
Covid-19 is finally making a direct impact on the 2020 season; Alabama head coach Nick Saban will miss the Crimson Tide's game against Georgia after a positive test for the illness, while Florida-LSU and Vanderbilt-Missouri are both postponed.
On one hand, Alabama has frequently had a case of the yips under Nick Saban in the second or third game of the season, which Saturday's game against Ole Miss was. On the other, this is an all-SEC schedule in 2020, without many breaks, so if giving up 48 points and 600-plus total yards of offense to the Rebels qualifies as the “yips,” then Alabama might be in for real trouble in the coming weeks.
In yet another “2020 thing,” Alabama's matchup with Ole Miss this week depends on the meanderings of a hurricane that some people probably think is named for an airline.
This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded.
This football season has been hard enough to pick, and now, a hurricane is threatening to blow up the Week 3 schedule. LSU-Missouri has opted to flip locations from Louisiana to Missouri now that Hurricane Delta is lining up to threaten Baton Rouge. It seems LSU and Missouri were ready when Delta was. But Alabama and Ole Miss may not have any good options, as both Oxford, Miss., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., are vulnerable.
Alabama ran up 544 yards of total offense, scoring almost a point for every snap in the game and averaging nearly 10 yards per snap. Quarterback Mac Jones set all kinds of high marks in the game with 435 yards and 4 touchdowns.
While Alabama has certainly had its fair share of bad outcomes against division rivals LSU and Auburn, one of the more underrated matchups every year in the SEC is watching Alabama take on Texas A&M. Former Aggie QB Johnny Manziel made it that way; prior to Manziel arriving, Alabama seemed to dispatch Texas A&M regularly and without a lot of fanfare. Manziel seemed to reset the cosmos in College Station, and subsequent quarterbacks have tried (mostly in vain, admittedly) to follow in his footsteps.