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Karle's Korner: C'mon, Bama, you're taking all the fun out of college football

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The following is a commentary from WBRC FOX6 Sports Director Rick Karle:

So there I was, walking back to the newsroom Saturday morning after our “Tide & Tigers Today” show.

The Alabama-Miss State game was just underway, and while I was very excited to have a few hours to catch the game before returning to work, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide ruined my day. You see, it was 30-0 Bama before I was comfortable in my seat.

There went an exciting TV viewing session. Yes, this Crimson Tide team is sucking all the fun out of college football- the reason? These guys are just too good.

Playoffs? You want to talk playoffs? Why should we? Bama is poised to stomp into the Final Four and clean house.

I saw Washington Huskies fans chant “We want Bama” on Saturday morning- I’ve been chuckling ever since. How good is this Alabama football team that has left the rest of the football world in its rear view mirror? Let me throw some numbers your way.

Bama smashed Mississippi State on Saturday 51-3, and I’m thinking Saban went easy on the Bulldogs. The Crimson Tide have extended the nation’s longest win streak to 22, and along the way the team reached more impressive heights. Some of the people who helped along the way? Please, allow me:

QB Jalen Hurts:

  • All this freshman did was complete 28 passes in 37 attempts for 347 yards. All three of those numbers are career highs
  • Hurts became the first player in Alabama football history to pass for over 300 yards and run for at least 100 yards in a single game
  • The freshman completed passes to ten different players
  • His 3 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown give him a total of 28 TD’s in 2016
  • Hurts led the Bama offense to 615 total yards for an average of 8.5 yards per play. The Tide had 26 first downs
  • He’s the first player in Bama history to play a complete game and not lose an ounce of sweat

WR Ardarius Stewart:  

  • What can I tell you? The kid was superb on Saturday as Hurts targeted him 13 times. Stewart’s 8 catches for 156 yards and 3 TD receptions are all career highs
  • Trivia: Stewart scored 52 touchdowns as a senior at Fultondale High School

The Alabama Defense:

  • The Bama “D” has allowed a total of 3 points… in the last nine quarters of play
  • The defense allowed 94 rushing yards on Saturday, allowing an average of 2.7 yards per play
  • The “D” leads the nation in rush defense allowing a mere 68.8 yards per game
  • My friend FunnyMaine Johnson had the line of the day on Twitter: “Bama’s D has built a wall and the rest of the country is paying for it”

Kicker Adam Griffith:

  • Go ahead and roll your eyes, but the former high school soccer star has now scored 317 career points- that places him fourth on the all-time UA scoring list.

Head Coach Nick Saban

  • His 22 straight wins is the longest streak his Alabama era
  • The coach has now won at least 10 games in 9 straight years
  • Saban has won 45 games when his teams were ranked #1-  he’s one win shy of tying the all-time mark of 46 set by Woody Hayes
  • The Bama coach is 61-7 in home games at UA,  72-13 against SEC teams
  • He has won 64 straight games against unranked teams
  • His Bama teams have held opponents to under 300 yards 63% of the time
  • Saban is 87-4 when his team rushes for at least 200 yards
  • He’s 102-6 when leading at the half

Now I can go on and on my friend, but the numbers bear it out: This is a football team on a roll. The offense is multi-dimensional with a running quarterback, the defensive line is Phi Bama Slama, and the DB’s are so fundamentally sound that even their head coach is proud.

Can any team beat the Crimson Tide? Of course, but the stars will have to align just right. If not? Bama continues to roll, taking all the suspense- and fun- out of college football!

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