I’ve already mentioned that I think Georgia’s mental preparation for the Alabama game is the biggest key on the day. But that cuts both ways, as it sounds like ‘Bama players have done a little soul searching in the wake of their loss to Ole Miss. And they’ve got the pressure of plenty to deal with, too.
If Alabama wants to remain in the national title hunt, it’ll need a good performance this Saturday in Athens against No. 8 Georgia. Another loss would make it unlikely for Alabama to win its division let alone make it back to a playoff semifinal. The ever-lofty expectations would go unrealized with one more mishap.
The Alabama players are well-aware.
Besides trying to eliminate outside noise, the veterans made abundantly clear in the players-only meeting that there was no more room for error.
“We put ourselves behind the eight-ball a little bit,” Jones said. “I think we’ve been in this situation before, so it’s not new. We have to keep trudging on and take it one game at a time to keep that from happening again.”
Unfortunately for us, those guys have more experience dealing successfully with those kinds of expectations than Richt’s guys do.