Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dressed to Impress: Statement time for one-loss Tide

With only three games remaining in the 2011 regular season, the Alabama Crimson Tide have no other “self-controlled” option than to obliterate Mississippi State, Georgia Southern…and Auburn.

Alabama can’t control who they play, but they can control how they play.

Now is not the time for the Crimson Tide to exhibit “poor me syndrome” but rather time to focus on the task at hand.

Alabama will need to impress from here on out, and the Crimson Tide “beauty contest” will begin Saturday night in Starkville against a
multi-faceted Mississippi State offense.

Two-Quarterback Bulldogs

The Mississippi State Bulldogs continue to utilize a two-quarterback system and the Alabama defense will have to be prepared to face the option attack (QB/RB) and the standard passing attack.

Chris Relf is often called upon to run the football, while Tyler Russell is the more traditional passing quarterback and only presents a marginal threat on the ground.

Both quarterbacks, especially Relf, have experience and know how to operate the MSU offense.

Priority Rushing

As has been the case with MSU for many, many moons, the running game is the heart of the offense.

Led by Vick Ballard, the Bulldogs will attempt to run the football against the Crimson Tide and do so in a variety of ways.

Expect MSU to display various offensive formations and wrinkles to keep the ‘Bama defense guessing and perplexed.

Passively Passing

The MSU aerial attack has never been a thing of beauty, but State does possess several talented receivers who can make explosive plays in the open field.

Given the inconsistent passing game within the MSU offense it is certainly difficult to have a steady and cohesive receiving unit. Nevertheless, the Alabama secondary will have to be attentive and prepared.

Any mediocre (passing) quarterback can transform from “zero to hero” courtesy of a busted coverage in the secondary.

The Alabama defense has been known to take a “secondary siesta” from time-to-time and allow long plays in the passing game.

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