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08:20 AM ET 01.04 | Thanks to Nick Saban's policy of keeping his assistant coaches under wraps, hearing from Doug Nussmeier Thursday made for a departure. "Working with Coach Saban, the way he structures everything, the attention to detail, you just can't say enough about it," Nussmeier said. It should come as no surprise then that Alabama will likely reach nearly similar numbers in run-pass ratio as last season. The only real difference is despite quarterback AJ McCarron having fewer passes, the offense has taken more chances because McCarron can throw it accurately and receiver Amari Cooper is a deep threat. "I was talking to my dad the other day, and it was kind of crazy -- I have less pass attempts than what I did last year," McCarron said. "But better numbers."

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January 4, 2013  08:26 AM ET

JMO but I think this kid would be even better if the reins were let out a little.

January 4, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

JMO but I think this kid would be even better if the reins were let out a little.

Saban does not let go of the reins, even a little bit.

January 4, 2013  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

JMO but I think this kid would be even better if the reins were let out a little.

Yep. We as Bama fans are still kinda getting used to the idea of the long pass. Haven't had that in a while.

January 4, 2013  08:45 AM ET
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Yep. We as Bama fans are still kinda getting used to the idea of the long pass. Haven't had that in a while.

For a team that is widely considered to have a great defense, Bama sure seems afraid to risk giving the other team a short field.

Which begs the question. Is the defense that good or do they play defense with their offense to a certain extent?

January 4, 2013  09:08 AM ET

It's called strategy, DC. ;-)

January 4, 2013  09:13 AM ET
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For a team that is widely considered to have a great defense, Bama sure seems afraid to risk giving the other team a short field. Which begs the question. Is the defense that good or do they play defense with their offense to a certain extent?

You get any of that West TX snow, DC?

January 4, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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For a team that is widely considered to have a great defense, Bama sure seems afraid to risk giving the other team a short field. Which begs the question. Is the defense that good or do they play defense with their offense to a certain extent?

It's a whole package. We minimize the chances the other teams have, so no we don't take a lot of big risks. It's helped us do pretty well over the last 4 years.

January 4, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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You get any of that West TX snow, DC?

Yep, but not as much as they got between Midland/EP or Fort Stockton/EP. That area in the mountains where I-10 and I-20 merge is a lot higher in elevation than people realize. Those can become impassable sometimes.

January 4, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Yep, but not as much as they got between Midland/EP or Fort Stockton/EP. That area in the mountains where I-10 and I-20 merge is a lot higher in elevation than people realize. Those can become impassable sometimes.

I saw where they had I-10 shut down in one area, that's fairly serious business right there.

January 4, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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It's a whole package. We minimize the chances the other teams have, so no we don't take a lot of big risks. It's helped us do pretty well over the last 4 years.

Agree...but if I had an all world defense, I would feel confident they could stop the other team regardless...unless I also lacked confidence in my offense making up for it in the event the other team just got lucky and scored. Then I wouldn't want to put the defense in that situation either.

January 4, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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I saw where they had I-10 shut down in one area, that's fairly serious business right there.

Yep...if they can get the mountain passes open, there are enough trucks to keep the rest open unless it gets real crazy. They could have a foot of snow before it is over. Saw where El Paso has had more snow this year than Chicago. That's nuts.

January 4, 2013  10:16 AM ET

Weird weather? It's Texas fault.

January 4, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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Weird weather? It's Texas fault.

Especially West Texas. Joke is West Texas is "if you don't like the weather, just wait thirty minutes. It'll change."

I swear at a track meet several years ago in Fort Stockton. Early March. Meet started in nice sunshine. Mid morning a dust storm blew in. After lunch it turned to blowing snow....or mud. When they ran the finals late in the afternoon it was nice sunshine again. I ain't making that up.

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January 4, 2013  11:03 AM ET

The guy in the picture at the top of this thread could be the difference in the game.

January 4, 2013  11:04 AM ET

Alabama has a terrific offensive line - they hand the ball off and get 5 yards a clip. They are 2nd in the nation in offensive efficiency (points per play) right behind Oregon. McCarron is a very efficient QB.

January 4, 2013  11:04 AM ET

Well to McCarron's last comment "... I have less pass attempts than what I did last year, but better numbers." I would add that it has not been necessary for him to pass as much with the ground game that they have. Nick will always play the percentages and only take risk if he has to.

I still cannot wait for the first time Bama has it first and goal. Like a kid at Christmas I am giddy to see what St Nick is gonna call. Will his ego take over and demand that he rush it in or will he go play action and let McCarron throw it in. With ND only having given up 1 rush td all year something tells me Nick want to show Kelly who's da man.

January 4, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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The guy in the picture at the top of this thread could be the difference in the game.

I would add that if ND is to win this game then we need to see a picture of Everett Gholson at the top of a thread. Just as he was the difference at Norman and Manziel was the difference in Tuscaloosa he will need to be the difference in this game.

January 4, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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We've really mirrored you guys this season. There have only been about 5-6 real shots taken downfield by Golson this year. We've played VERY conservative. I wouldn't be at all surprised if our first play from scrimmage on Monday isn't a play action bomb.

Lucifer has that covered Piratey.

 
January 4, 2013  11:08 AM ET
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Weird weather? It's Bush's fault.

FIFY

:)

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