Alabama Is Not “The Boogeyman”

Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide

Matt Topolewski

I’m a real sucker for upsets and underdogs when it comes to college football games.  So I was a little disappointed when Oregon State, Michigan and USC, were all just barely able to squeak out wins in their games last Saturday, albeit highly entertaining games. Even Stanford had a run for their money late in the game as the Sun Devils never took their foot off the pedal and kept things really interesting.  But joining this list of teams who had close games was, to everyone’s surprise, Alabama.

Colorado State University Rams

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Colorado State University Rams

No, they weren’t playing another SEC powerhouse.  They were playing, instead, an unranked, and largely unknown, Colorado State University team.  Of course, when the game began, and Alabama blocked a punt to score their second touchdown, I remember thinking to myself, “Well, this is going to be a blow-out.”  But going into the 4th quarter, the score was 17-6 and the Colorado State Rams were still down only 11 points.  Impressively, they had held ‘Bama’s offense to just 10 points for three quarters.  The main storyline coming out of this game was by no means the Crimson Tide putting things away in the 4th by scoring two touchdowns, but rather it was how well this obscure Colorado State defense managed to stay with ”the greatest college football program known today.”

So what did this game prove?  Well, most of all that Alabama is by no means the ‘boogeyman.’  They are, instead, just as imperfect a team as anyone else out there, still working out the kinks in their system, and therefore are very defeatable.  They are also another SEC team, as Colorado State unquestionably illustrated, that our defense should have no troubles managing and that our offense can run circles around.

See you in January, ‘Bama.

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Mathew Topolewski

Mathew Topolewski

Mathew recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a major in both English and Cinema Studies. Growing up he played Hockey his entire life, and was able to reach the Junior A level of play his Freshmen year of college. He therefore not only has an intense passion for sports, but has a unique understanding and appreciation for all athletes.

  • Bama Fan

    Even though I believe the Oregon Offense is impressive with its strategic execution. Please don’t undermine the Crimson Tide. Yes, they are a new team that is learning how to be as great as the team’s past. However, do realize that they have the leadership of 3 championships behind them under Nick Saban and AJ McCarron. That and that our schedule is easy enough to grow into a powerful machine by the end of the season. Remember we have a lot of talent, a medium experience. Once those two match, you will remember why we have more BCS championships than anyone else in the country.

    • Auburn > Bama

      You’re an idiot.