NCAA College Football 2018-19: Official Thread

Not one person at work mentioned this game. Not the Clemson fan who sits ten feet from me, not the SEC football fans on either side of me. Bama - Clemson fatigue?

Clemson now has as many points as they scored in their entire game against the Texas Aggies, FWIW. How 'bout that Aggie D?

Hm should have bet the over

Ah, the National Championship halftime show, being performed miles and miles away from where the game actually is.

Rat Boy wrote:

Ah, the National Championship halftime show, being performed miles and miles away from where the game actually is.

Am I wrong to imagine dragons swooping down and setting this halftime show on fire?

Thoughts as we head to the 4th...

Guess that SEC schedule doesn't prepare you for Clemson?

And maybe Notre Dame is good after all?

So I just looked at the score.. barring a come back from Alabama, is this really a more memorable game than the Cheez It Bowl?

Stele wrote:

Thoughts as we head to the 4th...

Guess that SEC schedule doesn't prepare you for Clemson?

And maybe Notre Dame is good after all?

Jesus. Clemson and Trevor Lawrence (and his receivers) come to ND stadium in 2020. They’re gonna spank us.

But, hey, the ND defense gave up fewer points than Alabama??

Remember when the pundits said Bama was the best team ever and Clemson hadn’t played anyone??

Wow. That was amazing. I don't think anyone expected that kind of game tonight.

After some of Alabama's victories this year, I would never have thought they'd get crushed like that.

firesloth wrote:

Remember when the pundits said Bama was the best team ever and Clemson hadn’t played anyone??

Clemson 28
Texas A&M 26

Print the shirts!

Watching parts of that game last night made me think that the real second pro football league should be for players out of high school that don’t want to play for free (scholarship) but rather for a decent salary and a deferred scholarship to a state college after their careers are finished.

I would pay 18-22 year olds up to $1-2M for 4 years and carry an 8-12 team league and target the top 200 or so HS players. I gotta think even with all the overhead there would be a profitable market for that.

After Bama being considered one of the greatest teams in SEC history, to see them being turned into just another ACC team is amazing.

I can see why Jimbo went to the SEC, he got tired of losing to Clemson every year in a conference game and wanted to have an easier path...

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Clemson 28
Texas A&M 26

Print the shirts!

Hmmm...does a loss still count as good if the winner wasn't in the SEC, though?

That was Saban's worst loss since he came to Bama. It was also the first time he has lost by more than 14 points with the Tide.

Abu5217 wrote:

That was Saban's worst loss since he came to Bama. It was also the first time he has lost by more than 14 points with the Tide.

Good gracious. That's impressive.

Post game interviews were pretty interesting. Bama players blamed themselves for not executing. Press thought they were confused or Clemson was different than what they had studied, but the players said Clemson did what they expected, Bama players just weren't doing their jobs.

Looking at the stats (pre 4th quarter as I don't know the final numbers) Bama was winning the game in everything but score.... just really weird that we couldn't punch it in 3 times in the red zone. Not to mention the 2 interceptions. I still felt Bama could win until our last failure in the red zone.

I definitely think Saban will be able to use this as ammunition next year though...

Also sucks doubly as I am a Bears fan that had hope this year too... normally Bama cheers me up after the Bears do nothing...

manta173 wrote:

Also sucks doubly as I am a Bears fan that had hope this year too... normally Bama cheers me up after the Bears do nothing...

No kidding! Feel bad for you guys. Great year. Ran into a buzzsaw on this night. I was surprised that Bama's O-line didn't do better against the Clemson D-line (at least in my relatively casual watching of the game). I get that the Clemson D-line is great, but I would have expected the Bama O-line to be as well (didn't watch much of them this year, so maybe that's a faulty assumption).

Also, did anyone else think Saban should get as much criticism for that fake FG attempt as Kirby Smart got for the fake punt? Both cases were so obvious as to be not worth trying, and both cases smacked of desperation.

I'm really surprised by the Alabama attempt last night: if you think you need to convert a 4th-and-6, put it in the hands of your superstar!

Saban talked about the fake last night and mentioned that a player didn't block who he was supposed to which caused the play to be a much less good idea.

I feel like our linemen were the weak point last night, but I don't have a lot of evidence to go on. Just seemed like they didn't block correctly when we needed them to. Maybe Clemson was overpowering them, but to be honest I doubt Clemson was "that" much better physically than Bama.

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In 285 seconds, there was more scoring than the more nationally prominent Oregon-Michigan State Red Box bowl, but McMurphy picked the most memorable bowl of the 2018/2019 season for his comment.

#AndIWasThere

GO BEARS!

firesloth wrote:
Abu5217 wrote:

That was Saban's worst loss since he came to Bama. It was also the first time he has lost by more than 14 points with the Tide.

Good gracious. That's impressive.

I think I read somewhere that the last time Alabama lost so badly it was ... to LSU when it was coached by Saban.

Anyway, congrats to Clemson. Glad to see an ACC team win, but it means everyone else in the conference is playing for second (assuming Clemson doesn't field its second team as a separate ACC team).

All I know is, Fresno State is going to get beaten down on October 10!

Fedaykin98 wrote:

All I know is, Fresno State is going to get beaten down on October 10!

Last time it took you all 3 overtimes to squeak out a win, on your home field.

"It ain't like it used to be! It ain't gonna be like it used to be!" - Jimbo Fisher

Impress your friends with Superbowl trivia:

Name the only school that has produced five different starting superbowl QBs.

Hint (1)
The answer rhymes with the only original Pac-8 school to have not gone to the Rose Bowl since the Superbowl Era began.

Hint(2)

Spoiler:

Joe Kapp, Craig Morton, Vince Ferragamo, Aaron Rodgers, Jared Goff

Hint(3)
Their ex-coach went to a Mountain West school and turned them into California's top ranked football school in 2018.