There are offensive juggernauts, and then there’s what Alabama is doing to opposing defenses thus far this season.
Top-ranked Alabama jumped out to a 41-14 lead at the half earlier this afternoon and never looked back, Taking Arkansas to the woodshed in a 65-31 thumping of the overmatched Razorbacks in Fayetteville. In a little over two quarters worth of work, Heisman Trophy frontrunner Tua Tagovailoa completed 10-of-13 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns — all of the yards and touchdowns came in the first half. Damien Harris led all rushers with 111 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries.
The Week 6 blowout merely served as a continuation of an offensive run the likes of which have never before been seen in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide has now scored at last 45 points in every game this season; they’ve scored 50-plus in five of those games and 60-plus in two of them.
The carnage is as impressive as it is imposing to future opponents:
- Week 1 — Alabama 51, Louisville 14
- Week 2 — Alabama 57, Arkansas State 7
- Week 3 — Alabama 62, Ole Miss 7
- Week 4 — Alabama 45, Texas A&M 23
- Week 5 — Alabama 56, Louisiana 14
- Week 6 — Alabama 65, Arkansas 31
Add it all up, and Alabama has outscored its opponents 336-96, which works out to an average score of 57.2-16.
And it’s not just the points but the yards as well, as this note from the university’s sports information department shows:
Alabama’s 639 yards in total offense against Arkansas marks the sixth time the Crimson Tide has topped 500 yards this season and the 18th time in the last 50 games dating to the start of the 2015 campaign. This is Alabama’s first six-game run of 500-yard total offense performances in program history.
Next up on the “Slow Down ‘Bama?” tour is Missouri, which came into Week 6 tied for 76th in scoring defense at 26.8 points per game before giving up at least 34 to South Carolina this afternoon (that game is in a weather delay as of this posting). After that it’s Tennessee (69th, 25.6 ppg) Oct. 20th before Alabama, coming off their in-season off weekend, heads to Death Valley for a huge showdown with LSU and its 12th-ranked scoring defense (15 ppg).
Eastern Kentucky wide receiver Cameron Catron was shot in the early morning hours of Sunday following a dispute outside a bar.
According to WKYT-TV, Catron and an unidentified man were fighting outside the Two Keys Tavern in Lexington, Ky., when the other man ran to his vehicle, returned with a gun and shot Catron. It is not known where he was shot.
The suspect, described as wearing a blue shirt with dreadlocked hair culminating in frosted tips, is still at large.
“He’s one of the biggest hearted guys I know. Whoever done that to him was just really in a bad place right now,” teammate Gunner Slone told the station.
A Belfry, Ky., native, Catron was a redshirt freshman in 2018; he appeared in two games on special teams.
Catron has already undergone two surgeries to remove the bullet and repair internal damage. A social media post by his mother indicated he is out of ICU and able to walk a short distance.
Breon Dixon has yet to really make a mark in college football, but his closet has become well stocked. A 4-star prospect out of Suwanee, Ga., Dixon signed with Ole Miss and enrolled in January of 2017, but left quickly thereafter.
Given a waiver to play immediately as part of the Hugh Freeze explosion, Dixon was enrolled at Nebraska within 365 days of originally enrolling at Ole Miss. He appeared in four games on special teams for the Huskers this season, but by this spring he was no longer a Cornhusker, either.
In May, the Omaha World-Herald contacted Iowa Western Community College head coach Scott Strohmeier, who said Dixon would become a Reiver. Now, Dixon has confirmed that himself.
He is expected to enroll in classes in July and compete for IWCC this fall, with the expectation he’ll look for another four-year university in the winter. Strohmeier told the World-Herald he didn’t expect Dixon to re-enroll at Nebraska, meaning the player could be looking for a fourth school in as many years come 2020.
It appears Darius Slade has found himself yet another college football home.
In early February, it was confirmed that Slade had taken the first step in moving on from Arizona State by placing his name into the NCAA transfer database. A little over four months later, it’s now being reported that the defensive end is enrolled at South Florida.
For what it’s worth, a USF official declined to confirm Slade’s addition to the roster and the lineman isn’t yet listed on the football program’s online roster.
Slade, who originally began his collegiate career at Ohio State before transferring and landing at ASU prior to the start of the 2017 season, played in 10 games in 2018 after sitting out the previous year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
As a graduate transfer, Slade would be eligible to play for the Bulls immediately in 2019.
On the same day we noted an addition to Marshall’s roster, there’s been a development regarding one of the football program’s personnel subtractions earlier this offseason.
Utilizing his personal Twitter account, Ty Tyler (pictured, No. 1) announced that he is “honored and overwhelmed to announce I am committed to [the] University of Louisville.” Earlier this offseason, the defensive lineman opted to enter his name into the NCAA transfer database after four years with the Thundering Herd.
As Tyler will be coming to the Cardinals as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately for the school in 2019. The upcoming season will serve as the lineman’s final year of eligibility.
This past season, Tyler led the Thundering Herd with eight sacks and tied for second on the team with nine tackles for loss. He leaves Huntington having been credited with 15.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 35 career games, 20 of which were starts.