As John Pennington points out, one of the dumber tactical moves we’ve seen this season is players calling out Alabama in one form or fashion.
Speaking of Alabama, here’s a tip for teams going up against the Tide — zip your lips. Earlier this season Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said his team could “put points on them… I think we can put points on anybody.” Final score: Alabama 25, Ole Miss 0. Three weeks ago Tennessee referred to Alabama as “the red team” in practice. AJ McCarron said his team took that as an insult. Final score: Alabama 45, Tennessee 10. Last week LSU receiver Jarvis Landry said of Bama: “Nobody is invincible. Not team is invincible and no defense is invincible.” Final score: Alabama 38, LSU 21. The lesson is clear — shut up. People talk about teams having “swagger” — the most overused word of the 21st century — and showing that swagger with their tough talk. Well, other teams’ swagger hasn’t helped them much against Alabama this season. It’s better to talk after you’ve proved yourself than before.
I take it Ohio State’s Evan Spencer doesn’t read John’s blog.