Our journey to the SEC Championship game is pretty much over. Sure, there’s plenty more football to play, but the last team left on our schedule with any chance of beating us is Auburn. While no episode of this biggest of rivalries is ever meaningless, Texas A&M needs us to lose twice. Not happening.
And then we get a SEC East team in the SEC Championship despite none of them playing like they belong there. They didn’t write the rules, I guess. Besides, barring an “any given Saturday” kind of situation, we’ll prove it!
How did we get here? Other than the narrow escape from the third straight loss to Ole Miss, the Alabama Crimson Tide has been beating up on inferior opposition. As I said a week ago, this very much includes the Vols, thanks to the weakness of their division this year. The Texas A&M Aggies were supposed to be the last real threat. But they went down 33-14. Why? Other than that they were up against Alabama, the reason is that Trevor Knight is not a National Championship caliber quarterback, though if he is fortunate enough to enter the NFL, he’s probably got a few years to straighten up before any hope at all dissipates.
The reason I say this is because the Aggies are nowhere near as untalented as they looked today. Both Knight and Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts were under pressure all game, forcing their coaches to rely heavily on the run. But while Hurts generally adjusted to this situation well, Knight was throwing a pick that flushed a short field down the toilet and being partly responsible for a fumble that Jonathan Allen returned for a touchdown.
And those are just the obvious screwups. He was constantly holding onto the ball too long, making bad passing decisions, and misjudging where to run. That pretty much settled this game because we don’t beat ourselves. If you want to beat us, you’ll have to do it yourself. We will not do it for you.
So this is great day, Alabama nation! Not only are we in the driver’s seat of the SEC West, we just might go undefeated in the regular season! ROLL TIDE!!!