What We Learned: Alabama Powers Through Florida


What We Learned:

We found out a couple of things on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. First, Alabama is improving week to week and if that continues they will be scary good. Second, Florida is no where close to their 2011 form and they should really be worried. Can anyone in the SEC East play consistent football this season, or will the West dominate all the way to the dome?

We Dem Boyz

Alabama did not play great football on Saturday. They had 4 turnovers and a hand full of penalties, but even with the negatives they were able to go on to a pretty dominant victory. Blake Sims threw for over 400 yards and had 4 touchdowns along with it. Amari Cooper embarrassed the best DB in the SEC (Vernon Hargraves) for 10 catches 201 yards and 3 scores. Lane Kiffin’s offense racked up 645 yards of offense (most ever allowed in Florida history) and without the turnovers putting the defense in a bad position this game would not have even been close for a quarter.

  • Blake Sims: 23/33 445 yards 4 touchdowns
  • Amari Cooper: 10 catches 201 yards 3 touchdowns
  • Henry/Yeldon: 179 yards 1 touchdown
  • Defense: 200 total yards given up

Not Dem Boyz

Florida could not get anything going without the help from 4 turnovers from the Alabama offense. All three of their touchdowns came from an average starting position of the Alabama 33 yard line. If you cannot score when you start there, you do not deserve to have a team. Florida looked lost on defense, Driskel could not get the passing or rushing game going, and the wide receivers were dropping balls left and right. I thought Jeff Driskel was supposed to be “incredibly improved under Kurt Roper”. I saw the same ol’ Jeff, slinging the ball without a care in the world.

  • Jeff Driskel: 9/28 93 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, 59 rush yards 1 touchdown
  • Matt Jones: 18 rushes 59 yards
  • Defense: Gave up 645 total yards (Just pathetic)

What’s Next? 

There is no good news for the Florida team that looked just as pathetic as last season’s team, but hopefully they can bounce back and take pride in the fact they can still win the SEC East. Alabama has been improving week to week, and the defense is coming around and finally causing turnovers. They head to Ole Miss after the bye week, and Blake Sims is looking like the guy. A huge step for a young Alabama team, and as much as you all hate Kiffin, the man can coach a dang offense. Swallow your pride and give the man some credit.

 

-Alex

Posted on September 22, 2014, in Alabama, Florida Gators, SEC. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. | That victory was something else on so many levels. First, Cooper looked as dominant as if this was USM. Second, Sims looked like Manning with legs(that deep throw to Drake was in stride to a short fast RB–not exactly an easy task). Third, four TOs was not enough to keep this from being a rout. Fourth, Driskell was 9-28. Fifth, the running game hasn’t been dominant yet; it was suspected that–with Sims as QB–that Alabama would have to excel in the backfield, but passing has been by far a strength.

    With Alabama’s block of games from now to the end of the season /postseason, they had better get the ball security issue under control. Yeldon should be on a short leash, as he would be 25-30 years ago. In that era, he would already have been yanked. Oddly enough, That could have been a 63-7 rout(without the TOs) or a Gator victory with the TOs and better QB play. One of the few blunder-filled games that actually was watchable and insightful from a college football standpoint: 1. Florida’s season doesn’t look really promising at this point. 2. Sims seems to be not only serviceable(as McElroy and Wilson were), but may be as valuable as McCarron over the space of a year–could be a Heisman cand if the running game doesn’t have one of its typical years. 3. Cooper should be in the top 5 receivers in Alabama’s history(did not have a good season last year, but obviously playing for NFL draft stock), barring injury. 4. Sims to Cooper-Drake could be very hard to stop–especially when you the supporting cast Alabama has. 5. The SEC West seems to be the best subdivision in college football by far; while, the SEC East is one of the worst(with UF and USC possibly reeling and everybody having a loss already).

  2. That victory was something else on so many levels. First, Cooper looked as dominant as if this was USM. Second, Sims looked like Manning with legs(that deep throw to Drake was in stride to a short fast RB–not exactly an easy task). Third, four TOs was not enough to keep this from being a rout. Fourth, Driskell was 9-28. Fifth, the running game hasn’t been dominant yet; it was suspected that–with Sims as QB–that Alabama would have to excel in the backfield, but passing has been by far a strength.

    With Alabama’s block of games from now to the end of the season /postseason, they had better get the ball security issue under control. Yeldon should be on a short leash, as he would be 25-30 years ago. In that era, he would already have been yanked. Oddly enough, That could have been a 63-7 rout(without the TOs) or a Gator victory with the TOs and better QB play. One of the few blunder-filled games that actually was watchable and insightful from a college football standpoint: 1. Florida’s season doesn’t look really promising at this point. 2. Sims seems to be not only serviceable(as McElroy and Wilson were), but may be as valuable as McCarron over the space of a year–could be a Heisman cand if the running game doesn’t have one of its typical years. 3. Cooper should be in the top 5 receivers in Alabama’s history(did not have a good season last year, but obviously playing for NFL draft stock), barring injury. 4. Sims to Cooper-Drake could be very hard to stop–especially when you the supporting cast Alabama has. 5. The SEC West seems to be the best subdivision in college football by far; while, the SEC East is one of the worst(with UF and USC possibly reeling and everybody having a loss already).

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