Alabama football fans want to be bold against Dawgs

Does the old adage that luck favors boldness apply to Alabama Football on Saturday? Boldness is often rewarded in college football, but not always. As Lane Kiffin has shown this season in his pursuit of first, fourth at his own team’s 30-yard line, sometimes boldness is simply stupid.

While never stopping trying, Gus Malzahn’s coaching career has proven that gimmicks can win regular matches but they don’t lead to championships. Which brings this conversation to Nick Saban, who is more Kiffin and Malzahn than anyone else.

In most cases, Alabama football fans appreciate Nick Saban’s steadfastness, fueled by his strong determination to follow his own path of unparalleled greatness. There are a few exceptions, and this week is one of them as Crimson Tide fans believe more than usual about Nick Saban’s audacity.

What makes this week so special? Thanks to data from Phil Steele, reported by Brad Edwards It is easy to see why.

  • Alabama Football is an underdog team for the first time since 2015.
  • The last time the Crimson Tide was beaten by a top 5 team was the 2009 SEC Championship match.
  • This week’s Georgia game was only the third of the Alabama Crimson Tide as the underdog in an astounding 13 seasons.

Time for the audacity of Alabama football

It’s no wonder some Crimson Tide fans are a little nervous. We don’t have much practice to think about why and how the Crimson Tide won over a disappointment.

Alabama Football’s fierce followers are speaking out. Many of them believe that Tide has to do something different to beat the Bulldogs. Differs, not only in execution, but also in plan. Tide second-guess coordinators, Pete Golding and Bill O’Brien are routine, like many of their predecessors. Apply the same scrutiny to Nick Saban’s boundary for heresy.

There are reasons for Bama fans to be pessimistic about Tide’s play and passing defense against the formidable, Georgia defence. If past performance predicts future results, then Tide needs to try something new against Dawgs.

That new might be pacing, plus a heavy reliance on RPO. It can include the opposite of maximum protection, continuously going with four widescreens and combining to spread and slow down the Georgia defense. While most of the ‘be bold’ exhortations are geared towards the Crimson Tide offense, more frequent use of blitz packs is being claimed for protection.

Thankfully, pressure from fans didn’t go away for Nick Saban. It may take some unconventional audacity against Georgia – but not the kind of decision-making like a fake trick run by a reserve midfielder. Alabama football fans want to be bold against Dawgs

Olly Dawes

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