My local Chattanooga affiliate decided that people would rather watch Braves baseball than the number one football team in the country, so thanks for renewing my hatred of you, Tennessee. I did get to watch it on ESPN3, though, so not a complete loss, although watching Mike’s Hard Lemonade commercials thirty times in a three hour span is not cool. Not cool at all, ESPN.
If you had told me before the season that Alabama would win by five touchdowns and shutout a team who is on an eight game win streak and their last loss was to LSU last year, I would be thrilled with that. But I watched the game, and despite the good (and there was quite a bit to be happy about), the word “sloppy” just kept running through my head. The offensive line was playing like you can block someone with your reputation. It doesn’t work. The defense was sloppy in some of it’s tackles and the defense seemed a bit too willing to allow short passes. They lacked the aggressiveness they played with in week one.
I realize there’s not a lot you can really glean from this game. This game plan will in no way resemble what Alabama will do against Arkansas next weekend, and so in choosing not to pull out all the stops, you allow for certain things. This is still probably the best team in football, but it’s not a team who can beat anyone just by lacing up.
I’ll have more in the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but for now, I’ll take satisfaction in a 35-0 win and 2-0 start to the season and try not to dwell on the plethora of mental errors that were made this afternoon.