The offensive woes of Michigan, the SEC West dominant performances and the overreaction to Week 1 results … in the Cavalcade of Whimsy.
Sorry if this column sucks, it’s not my fault …
As the report found and President Drake said, it did not lie at Big Ten Media Days. The Investigative Report found: “And we credit that Cavalcade of Whimsy, in answering reporters’ questions on July 24th. It clearly misspoke and made misstatements, but the reasons that happened are complex.”
“Lucky we didn’t say anything about the dirty knife.”
Nick Saban, you go on being Nick Saban.
No, you didn’t have to be Captain McJerkerson with Maria Taylor – she phrased the question she had to ask in that situation about the quarterbacks dead-on perfectly – but from everyone else, you’re right to be annoyed by the constant bombardment of questions about your QB situation.
Even after everyone knew the answer already – both Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts were going to play – and even after Tagovailoa started against Louisville and was brilliant, people are still asking about how you’re handling your two talented players.
And to the media that’s jumping on Saban for being so grouchy, no, he doesn’t get a free pass to be rude, but this is where we all have to separate the real world from the football world.
Real world. Just because a football coach happens to be a legend – like, say, a certain guy in Columbus – he has no credibility when it comes to legal matters, or just about anything else, and he should never, ever, ever get any benefit of any doubt about anything other than dumb football stuff.
Football world. If a coach is among the greatest of all-time – as long as it doesn’t involve a Maryland-like situation, or anything that might put a player in harm’s way – yeah, for the most part, he gets to handle purely football-related matters however he wants. Of course he can be questioned or criticized, but if Saban always being on edge is how this works to keep Alabama at this impossibly high level … I might not like it, but okay.
This is the No. 1 team in the country with an unbelievable collection of talent across the board. Saban will talk about football things, but for some reason, he’s all wacky about this quarterback situation. There are other aspects of Alabama football to ask him about, too.
In this current hubbub with Saban, is anyone getting hurt? Is the free press being suppressed or denied access to anything? Is anyone being stopped from asking him about his quarterback situation if they really want to? Most importantly, is there anything here that really and truly matters?
Real world … football world …
And why does Saban get a break when it comes to acting like a worried weenie …
“Nice to have you back, Andy. The place wasn’t the same without you.”
The SEC is looking like it’s quickly bouncing back into Best Conference In College Football form.
Alabama was Alabama against Louisville. Don’t blow that off. Appreciate how amazing it is to be expected to beat a top 25-caliber team 51-14, and then go do it with such frightening ease and efficiency.
Tennessee might have had an ish against a loaded West Virginia team, and the league came up with a whole lot of wins over FCSers, but from Auburn’s win over Washington – technically, according to the rankings, the best win of the first week – to LSU’s dominant performance to all but delete the Miami account, this SEC season is going to be a thing.
And now, what looked like a clear path to the College Football Playoff for Alabama doesn’t look so smooth.
Did you see that Ole Miss offense against Texas Tech? The Tide have to go to Oxford in two weeks.
Arkansas can wing the ball around – Bama goes to Sooeyland on October 6th. It gets Texas A&M and Auburn at home. And on November 3rd, now, going to LSU looks like it’ll be one of the biggest moments of the season.
If nothing else out of this first week, we learned that the SEC will be required watching again.
After last season, glad to have you back.
And on the flip side …