Check out scenes from on the field after Alabama’s 42-14 win over Michigan including the Rammer Jammer cheer:
Alabama is just trying to salt the game away at this point, going with a more conservative approach on offense. Michigan got another big play, but that was about it for the third quarter.
Alabama kept rolling in the second quarter, with a blown coverage leading to Michigan’s only score of the game. Here are some thoughts after a wild first half in Dallas:
Alabama put together about as good of a first half as you can and finds itself up 21-0 already against Michigan. Here are a few thoughts from the first quarter:
The big game between No. 2 Alabama and no. 8 Michigan is only about 24 hours away from kickoff and the hype surrounding the matchup is reaching its peak. Despite it being a matchup of top-10 teams, Alabama is a two-touchdown favorite and few outside of Ann Arbor are giving the Wolverines a chance against the Crimson Tide. ESPN analyst David Pollack took time to break down some of the key aspects of the heavy weight matchup.
Here is some of what he said:
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit met with reporters on Friday ahead of Alabama vs. Michigan at Cowboy’s Stadium. Here’s some of what he had to say:
The matchup that will be under the spotlight for this week’s Alabama vs. Michigan game is Michigan’s explosive offense, led by dynamic QB Denard Robinson, going up against Nick Saban and Alabama’s vaunted defense.
So the question we’re posing today is simple: how many points will Michigan score?
For reference, here’s how many points Michigan scored in its 13 games last season:
Western Michigan: 34
Notre Dame: 35
Eastern Michigan: 31
San Diego State: 28
Michigan State*: 14
Ohio State: 40
Virginia Tech: 23
* – denotes a loss
Big Ten conference commissioner Jim Delaney is well-known for speaking his mind when it comes to issues that deal with the national landscape of college football – namely a playoff. But his latest comments indirectly directed at Alabama may come back to haunt him.
“I don’t have a lot of regard for that team,” Delany said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I certainly wouldn’t have as much regard for that team as I would for someone who played nine conference games in a tough conference and played a couple out-of-conference games on the road against really good opponents. If a poll doesn’t honor those teams and they’re conference champions, I do.”
That team? Delaney is talking, of course, about the Crimson Tide, which won the 2011 national championship despite finishing second in its division.
Think Alabama players aren’t taking notice? Think again.
— Vinnie Sunseri (@vsunseri3) May 11, 2012
It’s no secret that Alabama has been thinking about its season opener vs. Michigan in Dallas all offseason. Head coach Nick Saban referenced Michigan multiple times in his spring practice press conferences.
The motivation is certainly already in place for Alabama. But Delaney may have just given the Tide a little something more. And he may have doomed one of his own teams in the process.