A few scattered thoughts, before we start thinking about Tennessee:
— The best thing about Saturday's defensive performance: much, MUCH better tackling. The fear that Jeremiah Masoli and the rest of the
— Things that seem to have inexplicably disappeared from the offense in the last few weeks: the
— The crowd was remarkably flat Saturday, the most deflated I've heard a 'Bama crowd for an SEC game since maybe 2006. The explanation is (probably) multi-faceted: Homecoming was a healthy distraction for everybody; Ole Miss is sort of a nondescript opponent ("Ho hum"); the weird start time threw everybody for a loop (at halftime it was already 10 p.m.). A good number of fans bailed before the fourth quarter, and this game wasn't exactly in the bag at that point.
— Dad came to the game with me, his first time in the stadium this season — meaning his first time listening to all the ridiculous pumped-in noise, the multiple videos for no reason and the rest of the general idiocy dreamed up by whatever jackhole decided fans can't be content just watching a football game. Let's just say, he's not a fan.
— The best part of Trent Richardson's game-sealing screen pass: William Vlachos, 50 yards downfield, attempting to throw a block. I don't think he blocked anyone else the rest of the game, and frankly, I don't blame him.
— In the second quarter, after Marquis Maze's fumble set up the Rebs deep in 'Bama territory, coach Saban spent a timeout in frustration, owing to improper personnel on the field. This is significant because the play Ole Miss was attempting to run was a screen to an offensive tackle lined up in the slot. Had to watch this play 3 times on DVR to realize what was happening.
— If we were to play Auburn right now, we might be getting 14. Seriously.
— That bye week can't get here fast enough.
That's all for tonight. It's Tennessee Week. Roll Tide.