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).
Sadly, there’s yet another deadly shooting involving a college football player on which to report.
According to multiple media outlets in the Sacramento area, Sierra College defensive back Chancelor “Chance” Fields-Colbert was shot and killed very early Sunday morning following an incident during what was described as a college sendoff party in Fair Oaks. Fields-Colbert was shot once inside the residence in which the party was being held and managed to get out of the house before collapsing in an intersection a short distance away.
The sophomore from Fairbanks, Alaska, was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“It’s disbelief and shock,” the junior college’s head coach, Benjamin Noonan, told ABC’s Sacramento affiliate. “It’s been a nightmare these last 48 hours and the kids are, you know, pulling it together and just want to be around each other.”
As a freshman this past season, Fields-Colbert played in five games for the Wolverines.
With eight semifinalists from a year ago gone, the Outland Trophy’s 2019 preseason watch list takes on a decidedly fresh look this go ’round.
Headlining the 83-player group of the nation’s top interior linemen is Oregon’s Calvin Throckmorton, who is the only Football Writers Association of American All-American from a season ago on this year’s watch list. Throckmorton is one of 12 players from the Pac-12 listed, which is tied for third among all conferences with the Big 12; with 13 apiece, the Big Ten and SEC lead all leagues.
The ACC’s 10 is the fewest among Power Five conferences, while Group of Five leagues are paced by the AAC’s six. All 10 FBS conferences are represented, including the Mountain West (four), Conference USA (three), MAC (three) and Sun Belt (three). Independents account for four as well.
Throckmorton is one of four linemen from Oregon, tied with Michigan for the most of any single school. Georgia has three, while another 15 schools have two each.
A total of 32 offensive tackles are on the watch list, the most for any single position. That group is followed by 19 defensive tackles, 18 offensive guards and 14 centers.
Less than two weeks before training camp kicks off, Rod Carey has (again) finalized his first Temple coaching staff.
Earlier this month, it was reported that longtime Temple assistant and the program’s current special teams coordinator Ed Foley would be leaving the school and reuniting with Matt Rhule at Baylor. Monday, the Owls confirmed that Carey has promoted Tyler Yelk to outside linebackers coach. Yelk was a part of Carey’s Northern Illinois football staff this past season.
Additionally, it was announced by the football program that Brett Diersen has been hired as associate special teams coordinator. Diersen spent the 2018 season as the defensive line coach at SMU.
This will mark the third time Diersen and Carey have worked together, first at Wisconsin-Stout in 2000 and then again at Northern Illinois from 2013-17.
“Tyler is an excellent young coach and we promoted him to add balance to the coaching staff,” said Carey in a statement, making reference to the fact that there are now six full-time coaches with an offensive background and five on defense. “We are very fortunate to get a coach of Brett’s caliber in the role of special teams coordinator. I’ve known him for 20 years and am excited that he and his family can join us at Temple.”
Of all the watch lists released thus far this month, this one’s the biggest — literally.
Via the Football Writers Association of America, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Tuesday released its preseason list of players to watch, with a whopping 97 individuals making the award’s initial cut. All 10 FBS conferences are represented, as are 65 individual schools.
One first-team FWAA All-American (LSU safety Grant Delpit) made the initial watch list for the award given annually to the best defensive player in college football, while a trio of second-teamers from a year ago (Virginia cornerback Bryce Hall, Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes, Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo) made the cut as well.
Conference-wise, the SEC has the most with 18, followed the other four Power Five leagues in the Big Ten (15), ACC (12), Pac-12 (12) and Big 12 (11). The AAC led all Group of Five conferences with six, followed by Conference USA (four), Mountain West (four), MAC (three) and Sun Belt (two). Football independents accounted for five of the watch listers.
With four, Alabama led all individual schools. Iowa State, LSU, Notre Dame and Penn State placed three each, with another 16 schools placing two apiece on the list.
As for the positional breakdown, there are 36 linebackers, 28 backs, 21 ends and seven tackles.