“At Alabama, we worry about Alabama.”

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.

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40 responses to ““At Alabama, we worry about Alabama.”

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Not to mention the fact that if you fail at Bama, you’re shamed, ostracized, shunned, and exiled throughout the state. Not even your high school coach will talk to you if he knows what’s good for him.

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    • Mayor

      Plus you lose your scholarship for next year when Saban replaces you with a new recruit.

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      • ASEF

        Georgia is turning over its roster as fast as Saban these days. Our QB came here at the expense of someone else’s spot on the 85.

        We really can’t have this both ways.

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        • Mayor

          Excuse me? There was an open scholarship and CMR gave it to Lambert. How is that “at the expense of someone else’s spot?” We had guys leave, get kicked off the team and flunk out. Happens. But there is no oversigning program to usher players out the door to make room for CMR to sign somebody he likes better like there is at Bama.

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          • ASEF

            SB even posted on this: who’s leaving to make room for Lambert?

            You can find the post with 5 min of searching. I’m not wasting the time.

            Saban’s “oversigning” rep came from the period he was turning over Shula’s roster and a web site bought and paid for by Jim Delany. If a team is going to hover at a full complement of 85 scholarship players, those teams are going to look a lot like Alabama has for awhile and Georgia has the past 3 years.

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  2. Granthams replacement

    Pressure creates diamonds and boiler disasters. I’m hoping Saban’s head explodes and Greyson Lambert gets engaged Saturday night.

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  3. ClydeBoogie

    Bama reminds me of the bully of my high school edwin williams, Who scared eveyone spitless until linda woods whipped that ass one day yep, that’s right a girl for teasing her. Soon, we were all taking turns beating his ass, hopefully the Dawgs can start the ass whippings for lil nicky.

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    • Mayor

      There is an element of that going on here. If we beat Bama this week it will be the second loss and demonstrate to the rest of the conference that they put their pants on one leg at a time just like everybody else. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the ole Saban mystique disappears then.

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      • Dog in Fla

        You keep that mystique disappearing stuff up and you’re never going to eat lunch at Dreamland Tuscaloosa/Northport again

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      • Will (the other one)

        I think that only happens if we win by more than 8. Gotta go back to 2010 to find a regular season Bama loss by more than one score, which is damned impressive (also glad we don’t face their 2011 defense, which only allowed 20 or more once, and that was to Southern.)

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    • I’ll bet no one messed with Linda.

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  4. If Alabama loses, their title hopes are done by week 5. If UGA can just force some field goal attempts early, it might be enough to get in Bama’s collective heads. Their kicker is a 58% kicker in their wins and a 40% kicker in their losses. If he misses one early, the sphincter-tightening may become severe.

    Alabama’s QB issue has weighed heavily on its offense. Look at their YPP. That is certainly trending in the wrong direction. Combined with UGA’s defensive YPP, there may be something there.

    UGA can survive a loss in this game. Alabama cannot. If UGA can match Alabama’s focus, their focus may turn to desperation, and desperation leads to recklessness.

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  5. Macallanlover

    Much more pressure on Bama for sure. But even their fans realize that this isn’t a Bama team that looks like a Final Four team anyway, especially a successful one, there are more losses ahead. They are fighting to stay in contention for Atlanta, just like we are, and just like any SEC team should be doing at this time of year.

    UGA is 3-2 against Bama in this century and I am hoping we increase that on Saturday and close the gap in the all time series and number of SEC titles. We want to win this game, but we don’t have to. Would be nice to bring the bandwagon folks back on board with us.

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    • dawgtired

      If we beat Bama by at least 10pts, we may only drop one spot in the rankings… 😉

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      • Macallanlover

        And you won’t see a single complaint from me. A poll with 2 Big? teams at the top and Utah not in the Top 10 doesn’t matter to me. Bama is a Top 10 team and I hope our guys know it. We may, or may not, be.

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  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    What worries me going into this thing is that there seems to be a feeling that Bama has won because of some kind of juju spell cast by Nick Saban.

    Seems to me Bama has won a lot of football games cause they had good football teams, populated with really good football players who were coached by really good football coaches.

    I don’t have any particular desire to beat Bama because they are Bama, I will leave that shit to Uncle Roscoe and his mighty quiet Auburn clansmen.

    I want to beat Bama cause they are next up on the schedule.

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    • dawgtired

      “I want to beat Bama cause they are next up on the schedule.”

      That is certainly a ‘going-bout-business’ attitude. I believe one of our players (can’t remember which at the moment) said basically the same thing. Let’s just go play our game and let the chips fall. It should be good enough.

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      • Will (the other one)

        It was Mitchell or Theus I think. Either way, it gave me hope that they realized at least part of the problem with the “don’t give this team our full attention then UGA faceplants in a game they should have won” issue.

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  7. If we can stop them from running up the middle and passing over the middle(i.e. TE Howard) we win . If they can use their size and strength (See ULM player comments) to go up the middle they win. Play Dooley ball….. hang around and wait for their sphincter’s to tighten. This all VERY simple ,I wonder if they will let me replace Butch Jones. I’ll do it for half the money.

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  8. AceDawg

    If UGA can rattle Coker before Bama rattles Lambert, the folks in Sanford will witness a night to fondly remember. Our defense isn’t nearly as sound as Bama’s but has a knack for big sacks and turnovers. It’ll also help to have McKenzie focus his Chilis anger towards terrorizing Bama on a kick return.

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  9. The best part of this article is the writer digging up Bill Curry for a quote.

    Really? The dude hasn’t coach there in almost 30 years. Give him a rest.

    BD

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    • Mayor

      Literally “digging up Bill Curry.” I didn’t know corpses could talk. You mean that guy is still around? He played in the first Super Bowl in January, 1967 and he wasn’t actually a kid then.

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  10. Yes, we were ranked high in the pre-season, but most Alabama fans I know realized we were in for a tough ride this year. A tough schedule combined with a quarterback we had no confidence in spells 2 – 3 losses easy, and possibly more if things get rough.

    Four weeks in, the schedule looks less intimidating, but the QB problems are real.

    Last year, Sims threw about 7-10 picks early on that were dropped, struggled on the road and finished fairly strong. He also had Cooper. This year, Coker has looked rather pedestrian and Cooper plays for the Raiders.

    I think our guys should feel and play desperate; heck the season is riding on it. But in the long run, a loss won’t kill the program.

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    • Mayor

      Saban and/or Kiffin made a mistake that led to the loss to Old Piss. They had to decide on a QB and couldn’t. Playing Coker the first 2 games then sitting him for the first real game of the season and going with the other guy was a screw-up. Coker is clearly the better QB warts and all. Hell, Coker almost pulled the game out. If Coker had played the whole game I think Bama is undefeated right now.

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  11. Spike

    Georgia is not man enough to beat Alabama. Yea, I went there..

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  12. BCDawg97

    I need some pepto after reading these comments. I think our mindset is good to go toe to toe with Bama but I just wonder if we can exploit their weaknesses (perhaps a less steady QB) better than they can ours (soft middle on the run and pass). I do fear the experience factor Bama has but if our coaches play loose and to win rather than not to lose, being at home, at worst, I think this will be 2012 all over again, though perhaps minus the heart crusher at the end. Definitely a one score win for either team.

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  13. Cojones

    Think Schottenheimer has a plan. And it’s a good’un. If so, we may need to send our “terrorist” on a ST mission since they will never see him coming. And he has friends.

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  14. Macallanlover

    But he needs to keep his backup more than 5 feet away or they may experience collateral damage. Guess 5 UGA football players weren’t enough to kill one waitress. Even the Athens Police figured that didn’t make any sense. Now if he had said he was calling Brendon and Quayvon in….

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