Banal Gameday Predictions – Alabama Edition

Tbone says: Bama 31, The Other SC 16. Much has been made of the loss of Eric Norwood, and its apparent that the defense suffers without him, But this game will underscore the absence of another NFLer, Darian Stewart. D-Stew brought a physical presence to our secondary run supportthat showed in big games like this one. Look for our ground game to struggle against their stout dline, and Bama’s backs to roll over our underperformers. What will stillbe a relatively close game in the 3rd quarter will come unravelled as we resort to throwing on every down.

Buck says: Alabama 27, USC 9. I wrotelast week that this is the only game on the schedule we cannot win. Knowing sports the way I do, I know that’s not true, because stranger things have happened. But I can’t come upwith a scenario that doesn’t involve miraclesthat results in us winning this game. I think we’ll get out-muscled on bothlines of scrimmage.I see long, sustained drives by’Bama, which will actually help keep us within striking distance for a while. But like Tbone, I believe our inability to run the ball will rear its ugly head once again. On the bright side, it should be a spectacular fall day, so enjoy it regardless of the outcome.

G-Man says: Bama 30, USC 20. Here we go, a shot at #1. As Buck said recently, Bama is building a dynasty. The dynasty in making rolls into Willy-B tomorrow. Could this be a trap game as some have predicted? Perhaps, but only with a perfect game by the Cocks and a sub sub par game by the Tide. We need 3+ turnovers and a special teams TD (yeah, right). As much as I’d like to see it happen, I have to agree with Buck and T-Bone that Bama will gradually wear us down with a relentless ground game and a stout D. Toomuch Ingram. Too much Richardson.Toomuch O and D line depth. AsI see it, we are muchbetter than we have ever been since joining the SEC, butthe Tide is justtoo good.Hope like hell I’mproved wrongabout this one.