I think the Tide's strikers can weave through the back 7 for the Irish. Alabama's speed and quick strike potential gives them a creditable threat with through balls.... and will require the ND keeper to play a great game. On set pieces, Alabama is very good and they will not give up a lot of penalties, cards, free kicks.
ND has been more-or-less a ball-control team, but one that generally relies on opportunistic goals. Their speed is suspect so breakaway-counterattack threats are lessened, which will allow the Alabama defense an easier time. And ND hasn't often shown the ability to methodically build-up and create goal opportunities against a really solid, physical defensive back four. On the otherhand, ND has benefited by devine help this season, especially against Standford.
dang I'm good, analysis spot on as usual. But missed margin which was 4 goals... but when you are up 5 goals to nil, and give up a couple of meaningless consolation scores.....
I hear Alabama has a new striker-combo for next year. Their mid-field should still dominate, but offensively, they should be as offensive as a stinky-sweaty dojo-clad summo wrestler dancing with the queen belle of the debutante ball while her tails-clad uptown parents try to smile and nod, saying to all their acquaintances, "oh how nice...." Its not just speed, but ball handling and quick strike on through balls to go along with the merciless methodical ball control.
Time for the LHSAA to declare a split in the NCAA, Alabama in one catagory, and everyone else in another. SPLIT is the only answer because it just isn't fair and they have an unfair advantage because they can get players from anywhere and everyone else is limited to getting players from nowhere... or those who can't get into Alabama. RTR....
By the way, even after the BCS championship game, one computer program used by the BCS still had Notre Dame ranked first, ahead of Alabama... explaination was that it was because of "strength of schedule."
Post by nolapelota on Aug 14, 2014 14:43:25 GMT -6
This was published today, Thursday, August 14. Re: University of Alabama kickers at football practice:
“-- Alabama's specialists were spotted kicking around a soccer ball for a second consecutive day. This is more activity than what typically takes place during the media viewing period. It's not prudent to kick and punt a football for a full two hours.”