If you want to know how much college football in general, and Alabama football in particular, has changed since the days of Gene Stallings, we're about to talk about a game in which the Crimson Tide gave up 28 points and yet the defense should feel pretty good about itself.
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Whether it's breathless, first-game Heisman hype for Auburn QB Bo Nix, or how a large chunk of national pundits got behind the idea of Texas A&M-as-championship-contender, it doesn't take more than just a reasonably astute college football fan to be able to spot a red herring when one swims by. In the case of Nix, part of the reason for identifying him as an early Heisman contender was the abject panic many writers feel when faced with trying to identify someone – anyone – besides Tua Tagovailoa who is deserving of the award.
Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Texas A&M 2019. This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded.
Auburn fell hard into a trap game in Week 6 and took the Predictions Dept. with it. While the Gators had looked almost dysfunctionally cute so far this season, they put it all together long enough to knock off an Auburn team that suddenly has all kind of problems on offense. This week, Florida again gets the conference's marquee game, going on the road to face LSU in Baton Rogue.
The Predictions Dept. continues to make progress, scoring a perfect performance in Week 5. Now comes Week 6, the smallest slate of games so far and the first without Alabama playing in one of them. There's only one game of note, Auburn at Florida, and the other two games being talked about (UT-UGA, VU-Ole Miss) are being done so out of morbid curiosity.
In a game that was mostly good news for Alabama – particularly for its beleaguered offensive line and a running back group that hadn't quite lived up to expectations yet – the Tide couldn't escape hand-wringing over a poor defensive performance. As usual, the worry wasn't about today … it was about games down the road against more powerful rivals like LSU, Auburn and potentially Georgia.
Through four games of the 2019 season, the things many observers foretold for Ole Miss this year are coming true. The Rebels are 2-2, with halfhearted wins over a bad Arkansas team and an FCS school, Southeastern Louisiana, and two losses in its other two non-conference games, to decided non-powers Memphis and Cal.
Disclaimer: This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and...
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