It’s the last night of the season and you deserve a game day post/comment thread.
Consider it done.
FWIW, I think ‘Bama wins, but Clemson covers the spread.
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My heart says Clemson. Clemson looks better than they did a year ago. My head says ‘Bama. They’re still Bama.
My heart says, “Don’t root for those crotch-groping perverts.”
My head says the same thing.
My heart says Clemson.
But, my wallet says Bama.
Same as it ever was.
I’d say Clemson looks better after the Ohio State game, but prior to that they played a lot of close games with mediocre teams.
I’m happy either way because one has to lose. I’m going with Clemson because I don’t see how the game week transition to Sark goes well. I guess Dabo finally proves that a nice guy can finish first.
I don’t see how the game week transition to Sark goes well
Lots of folks have said this all week, but it’s really more hoping than logic. sark isn’t chopped liver (even if he has damaged his liver) and it’s not like he just flown in yesterday. He’s been there all season. Plus, Kiffin called a stinker of a game against Washington. He had to go, imo.
Do you really think Saban wanted to make that decision to get rid of Junior? Regardless of the outcome, changing coordinators the week before the biggest game of the year isn’t what Little Nicky had in mind.
He might have wished that Kiffin would have his heart in it, but if not, he couldn’t stay, and yeah, that was Nick’s choice. Do you think Nick did something he didn’t want to do?
You misunderstand me. If Saban knew Kiffin was going to check out (unlike Kirby), he would have promoted Sarkisian after the SECCG. I’m not saying Saban made the wrong decision. I’m saying he certainly didn’t want it to work out this way.
The matchup to me is whether Clemson turns the ball over. When Clemson looks bad it usually is because of turnovers. We know about Bama’s scoring defense. I think Watson wins this game.
I live in Tampa its pretty cool to see my town go “all in” for the game. I have seen a LOT of Clemson fans around town. The great part is fans here can get to each venue by walking. All the visiting fans have been very appreciative of help in finding where they needed to go etc…
Oh the game…I think Bama’ honestly feels disrespected especially with Dabo and Clemson’s insistence they ran out of time last year. I think their defense is better and Clemson’s isn’t as good as last season. The “X” factor is the fact (love him or not) that Pruitt has faced this team and this attack a couple of times. I think the Bama’ defense feasts tonight oh in about an hour…
Btw – it REALLY stinks that this game is literally in my back yard and my team isn’t playing…
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If Clemson (a program that traditionally is a tier behind us) can do it, then why not us?
“The great part is fans here can get to each venue by walking.”
As a former Tampan (South Tampa/Bayshore), I don’t this. Ray Jay is inland off of Dale Mabry. The only places within somewhat walking distance of the stadium are the strip clubs to the south. The beaches are quite a drive away; so is downtown/Channelside, Bern’s, Intl Plaza, etc.
…I don’t understand this…
I live in South Tampa built my home. The venues are all downtown. The Game is at Raymond James.
Yes except for the Beach Bash. It was in Clearwater otherwise everything for the game was downtown except the game. The beach is about a 20 minute drive from the game venue and the Raymond James is about 15 minutes from downtown. They have really improved the roads for the most part.
I want Clemson to win but not in a “changing of the guard” way. More of a alabama crashes and burns or on a fluky play. A “kick 6” type ending would be perfect.
Clemson gave up 35 to a decent Hokie team.
Double forfeit is the only good outcome for me.
How about a giant sinkhole that opens right underneath the field?
No deaths or injuries just the pain of not winning the MNC. If Lane was still there it would be nice for Saban to bust him in the mouth.
I would take both the R.E.C. and IPTAY getting both of them put on probation where both teams had to vacate all of their wins.
Living in Bama makes you loathe the Tide. However, I think Sark runs the ball a ton and Bama D plays well enough to keep the dynasty alive. All said with a little bit of vomit coming up. Go Daegs anyway.
Living at all makes you hate Alabama
Bama’s due a loss, right?
The ESPN pregame show was embarrassing. Who the hell is that “Marty” guy? Somebody needs to tell him he’s trying too hard.
Marty was good back when he was an up and coming Nascar reporter. Now (like you said) he’s trying too hard and is starting to remind me of Tebow.
Good gracious this has been a big to do about nothing so far. Overhype. ESPN, shut up and get the game started.
College football decided it wants its ultimate game to be just like the SUper Bowl. An overhyped letdown.
And so it begins…7-0 Bama.
Who is Lane Kiffin pullin for?
Umm, Lane Kiffin. Isn’t it obvious?
Not impressed with Sark’s plan so far, they remind me of UGA’s 2015 offense with no ability to stretch the field but enough running to put a few up. They have had good field position all night (to this point)( but leave Clemson hanging around. Several batted balls at the line, why not use his legs to get him outside to run/throw?
It doesn’t matter who is playing, Herbie sucks. Turning sound off.
And that is a fact. Maybe the worst color guy in the WWL stable, adds no insight, simply states the obvious….over and over. His “color” is colored by his biases as well. They have the best color analyst in the CFB game is Todd Blackledge and subject the nation to Herbie’s simplicity in the biggest games.
Watched it on TV with Blackledge and Sean Mcdonough’s call on the radio.
Man, wish I had known that was available. What a finish, think Clemson would have won in OT anyway, Bama’s defense had no answer for Williams or Renfroe, and their offense had nothing going for it all night.
I watched the coaches show, it was a lot of fun. The game is not shown as well. But you get actual good commentary instead of the those two on the national broadcast.
Where do you get that, over the internet, or was their an additional broadcast channel for this game? Have seen that before for big, stand alone games, but didn’t see that advertised.
It was on ESPN 2 (or ESPN NEWs) and was pretty good. Lot’s of interesting comments about targeting, PAT’s, and RPO reads, etc. I wish I had recorded it to review but nobody told me it would be another instant classic!
Thanks, guess I don’t watch ESPN enough to see the promotions for alternate options. Confident your decision was the better choice.
I don’t know what’s become of “Joyridingdog”, but if she’s still around and reads this, she’s going to beat y’alls asses.
2 years in a row these teams have not disappointed. Credit where credit is due.
Clemson has an embarrassment of riches at receiver.
Congratulations to Clemson.
I’m happy for Clemson and especially Watson. Sick of Nicky and his ill-tempered approach. Nice to see Pruitt lose too, frankly.
Let me know how happy you are next time they raid GA.
I was thinking more along the lines of, you know, Watson.
I guess you can make your won determination re: the comments downthread about whether we tried hard enough to get him or not. But being upset about “raiding” Ga? Ho hum.
Any concerns about the obvious pick plays for 2 TDs? As noted earlier, I think Bama’s offense and defense were both terrible but you almost could not miss those, happened right in front of the officials. If those are allowed to be run, every team would score inside the 5….even UGA. Chaney could look like a genius if the players over ruled the call sent in. 🙂
It makes up for the fact that Reuben Foster didn’t get ejected twice in the first half.
The last one wasn’t a pick. I’d have to rewatch the earlier one to make a judgment. A pick requires the wr to make contact with a defender other than his own.
Not everybody plays man there. Had they been in zone, the play would have either been defended or they may have called a pick. As it was the outside defender made no effort to cover the intended receiver so no pick.
Agree about 2nd one. This play seems to be one of the most missed by officials and has a big impact on the new imbalance between offenses and defenses that bothers me. Primarily because of where the play usually occurs but also because it goes in the larger bucket of how imbalanced offensive pass interference is relative to how the defense is treated.
It’s definitely not fair which is why you absolutely have to have a qb to take advantage of those advantages. If you have a qb with good judgment, an accurate and strong arm and either balls or ice water in his viens, you can win. If you got a weak armed stiff or a strong armed guy that can’t hit the roadside of a barn or a coward at the position, you can’t compete.
I know the guy we have has all the physical skills and I don’t think he’s scared. He needs to work on the mental aspects of the game so that he gets more comfortable which will hopefully lead to greater accuracy.
Clemson wins a natty with a qb the former coaches thought wasn’t good enough while we end up with a qb now playing at Iowa St and the other who is currently a back up punter………..sigh SMH
That is not true. At the time Richt did not recruit guys who were not at least in the 11th grade. Were Dabo recruited Watson since he was in the 9th grade. Watson was one of the reasons Richt changed his mind about recruiting earlier than 11th grade. Hell, Bobo tried hard to steal Watson.
Im guessing you didn’t see his tweet where Watson himself said specifically that Bobo didnt think he was good enough to play qb at UGA.
Richt/Bobo recruited a guy they didn’t think was good enough to play? No wonder Richt got fired.
A stat many have discounted decided this game :TOP. Some sustained drives and a fresh defense at the end and Bama wins. Clemson’s defense is pretty good also.
Thought it was definitely a factor, Clemson ran 100 plays. But given Bama’s depth from past recruiting, it should not have been a huge factor for them. Clemson offense had to run that many plays with lesser depth. Williams and Renfroe just roasted the Tide defense in the 2nd half and Pruitt couldn’t dial it up.
The entire saga, from Clemson’s recruitment of Watson as a high-school sophomore thru last night’s unbelievable game, seems almost too perfect, like a riveting screenplay staged in high definition by a superb cast.
Sometimes I wish we could just have good 2 1/2 hour football games, the kind that can be enjoyed either in person or on TV, without the superheroics and the endless commercials and replays that modern top-level college football keeps giving us.
Don’t think ESPN could’ve ordered it up any better, and that bugs me somehow.
And if I thought He was really on the side of the WWL, I also would be very concerned. But I don’t think that is the case so I will just hope they go the way of the dinosaurs, or Enron, or….
It was dramatic though, and certainly fits the over used definition of an “instant classic”. Compelling TV, with some great subplots.
“We’ve got some grown men up front that don’t let you run it,” Smart said. “We force you to throw it, and then we stop you throwing it.” -- The Athletic, 1/13/22
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