Think about this for a moment....the host of the XM college show was sitting by a longtime Bama fan last night. Early in the game when things were looking easy for Bama he says, "damn....how is Saban going to motivate these guys next year?"
Yeah, there were some missed tackles here and there and that's going to happen in a big game like this but I remember watching and thinking man those guys are fast.
That's what happens when most of the starting 11 on both sides of the ball for both teams are 4 or 5 star recruits. Recruiting does matter and with Oklahoma having about 17 4 star recruits in this current class, that could very well be what we point to in 2 or 3 years down the road for Oklahoma being in the national title game and even perhaps winning it.
Damn near every commentator agreed with Watson as well but what do they know most of them just played the game.
Also, one could say the Bama DB bear hugged the WR running at him and gave him no chance to run a route. It was a pick/rub play but nobody picked anybody. The DB slipped trying to get over top. My question is this....if pick was called, 10 seconds come off the clock? Or, since the clock was stopped prior to the snap, is it no runoff? If it's no runoff, it's a good call tho with little risk accept that of Watson throwing the ball too late, too high, throwing ball away if WR isn't open and clock expiring.
"even if the DB engages the WR first, the WR must show that he is attempting to run a route"
Saban should file a complaint with the NCAA about teams that cheat and pay players. Oh, wait a minute.
Saban is a ****ing hypocrite.
Big difference I see on first blush is #3 was a good 4-5 yards off the WR that engaged him. The Tate (I guess) was the width of the LOS away from that DB.
Calls really shouldn't be discussed from Bama side tho. Plenty of missed calls, especially early, on Bama. Total of 45 yards in the first qtr alone.
In Clemson's case, the WR was making his cut on an inside slant route when the DB bear hugged him. If anything it should have been defensive holding or PI.
So Clemson took advantage, running what offensive coaches will call a “rub route,” or what defensive coaches will term a “pick play.”
Watson called it a “pick.” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney called it a “rub.” But pick plays are not necessarily offensive pass interference, even though those terms are often used interchangeably.
And Clemson ran the play to perfection.
The outside receiver on the play runs a quick slant, and the outside cornerback initiates contact and grabs him. This forces the inside cornerback to take a circuitous route to cover the inside receiver, who initially fakes inside, only to quickly cut outside. He is wide open. The throw is perfect. Clemson dethrones the Tide.
If the outside receiver had initiated contact, or had not made an attempt to run a route, offensive pass interference could have been called. Heck, if the defender had not initially grabbed the outside receiver, it probably gets called.
And I'm not taking up for ND on this, and I'm not saying that last night should have been a penalty. I'm saying in both games the DB ( and maybe I need to go back and look at last night's game) engages the WR first.
My only point was saying that I agree with you and remember this rule well because it was a big deal to me 2 years ago in that how does one run a route if the DB grabs him first?
Does Alabama have to play the Browns next...???
LOL, the ****ing Bama fans have pinned the loss on the Big 12 officials supporting our style of football and negating their defense. They're mourning the death of defensive football.
I wish it had been us to do it on the big stage instead of the Sugar, but I love to see a strong offense persevere and wear down those scary good defenses. Makes me feel slightly better about the dismissive attitude toward teams that play offense.
The reality is that you need balance on both sides like Clemson. Fielding an NFL defense and a high school offense doesn't get it done.
Perhaps we need to change it to: Defense wins championships*.
the only formal complaint that needs to be made is against Big 12 officiating as a whole. We all know it's God-awful.
You know the OU staff watching that game was like after every penalty or non-penalty and every review.
I thought the officials did a nice job of giving Bama's big, tired defense a chance to catch their breath while killing Clemson's momentum on nearly every drive. And how many missed targeting calls? About 15?
It has been proven Saban cannot handle quick no huddle that make you defend the while field.