Alabama Review: A torrid end to a torrid season
I have to say, I thought I’d be able to take the oncoming Iron Bowl slaughter no problem, but I’ll admit that there were times where my anger did get the best of me — just because it was Alabama.
It’s never easy falling to your main rival in a game, sometimes close losses are more heartbreaking than the beat-down we suffered on Saturday. You get given time to adjust to the loss as opposed to having your heart broken on a last minute play.
The game itself went exactly how we all imagined it would. Alabama found a new life when they were vaulted to no2 in the polls, and after Alabama climbed out to a reasonable lead, there was little chance — no matter what fight Auburn had left — that Auburn was going to even sniff another comeback.
The Auburn offence struggled, as it only garnered 163 yards, the majority of which were rushing yards. Tre Mason reached the 1000-yard rushing mark, which was the only bright thing to take from this game. Mason has had a pretty remarkable season all considering, and with his confident comments about fitting into any system, I doubt there is a chance he will seek playing time elsewhere due to the coaching change.
Jonathan Wallace struggled for the most part. Apart from the two consecutive downfield passes to Emory Blake, he didn’t have much else to write home about.
Defensively, Auburn got beat quickly. Soft play and missed tackles reared their ugly heads yet again, one play which stands out was when three Auburn players went for the same tackle and all three of them missed, which resulted in an Amari Cooper touchdown. That pretty much sums up the tackling in the last four years.
All in all, it was a miserable day for an Auburn fan, and likely a fun one for the bammers. Finishing 3-9 wasn’t in anyone’s plans for this season, but it’s happened and we’ll have to accept it. Now the big question is who will replace Gene Chizik as head coach, I may have a post up in the next few days detailing my personal choices. Although, if you follow me on Twitter, you probably already have a clue.
So now we play the waiting game, you have to wonder what impact this “search committee” will have on the coaching search. Who knows.
That’s yer lot, enjoy your week.