Coming off of a dominate win over the 21st ranked Ole Miss Rebels, the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, prepare for its third straight home game against the Georgia State Panthers. In its 4th year of existence as a football program and first you in the FBS, the Sun Belt team is massive overmatched and the last time they went up against Alabama it was a 63-7 slaughter in the team’s first year.
There really aren’t three keys to this game that you can point to; Alabama should win this game with its backups. That’s just the facts of life. Alabama is more talented, deeper, and just a much bigger program, but does that mean that tragedy can’t strike? No, we’ve seen it time and time again, a smaller team jumps up and bites a cocky, overconfident much bigger team. No one needs to be reminded of FCS school Appalachian State beating mighty Michigan a few years ago.
Alabama was focused, determined, and just flat out dominating against Ole Miss last weekend. This weekend the Tide needs to come in with the same level of domination against the smaller Panthers. Nick Saban has preached consistency and staying away from complacency all season long, and these are the types of games that he has been trying so hard to keep the intensity level up for his squad. The team has no problem getting up for games against the likes of Texas A&M and Ole Miss it seems, but seemed to be disinterested against Colorado State.
The entire team needs focus to show that it can keep up the level of dominance it has shown it can certainly have. That dominance needs to be displayed early and often so that young players and freshman have a chance to get some much needed experience. Quarterback Blake Sims needs a lot more game experience and I think most people would love for him to have an opportunity to get extended playing time as long as the Tide gets a big lead early. The theme for this week’s game should be “dominate.”