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Living in fear is just another way of dying before your time
QB-AJ is #1 in the nation in passing efficiency against 4 defenses in the top 41 nationally (2 in the top 20). Russell hasn't played a defense in the top half of FBS (highest is Troy at #67)
DB-MSU has a great secondary, but Bama is #1 in passing efficiency defense in the nation against 4 offenses in the top 50 nationally in passing efficiency, including #11. MSU is #12 in pass efficiency defense nationally against 3 offenses in the top 51 nationally with none higher than #39 (MTSU)
Consider those facts when deciding.
Stupid comments. McCarron is asked to do much less than Russell and has twice the talent around him to it. Thus invalid comparison. Russell is and will be a better pro no matter what happens Saturday.
Furthermore, while your secondary is very good, they also have the help of unbelievable defensive linemen and linebackers and bring pressure and make teams one demensional.
Is he really the best? When he was at Michigan State, he only had a ranked team his last year before going to LSU.
He is a great coach, no doubt. But it isn't like he has build a program from nothing. He went to LSU, home of an incredibly fertile recruiting ground, and to Alabama, the greatest tradition in college football.
A great coach with the best talent in the nation, makes for a good combination. But it really isn't clear, when you look at it close, that he is the best coach in the country by far.
Head Coach: Bama
QB : Bama
QB- The only time I've watched Russell is when we play him and he doesn't look that great but then again I probably shouldn't judge him just off playing our defense.
WR- Amari is the best out of the group on either side and if you look at stat for both teams they are very close.
DB- This one confuses me that St fans keep picking them as having the better secondary but i welcome your opinion. I give Milliner and Banks a push. Both are first round draft picks even though every mock draft (4 or 5) I've looked at has Milliner ahead of banks but we all know the combine can change things. After that every single player that we have starting in our secondary will get the chance to play on an NFL team. When i say chance i mean they will be in the NFL whether it be on kickoff team or playing their position.
This post was edited by kray98721 21 months ago
Stupid comments? Really? Are you saying that the comparisons in this thread are only for individuals in a vacuum? If so, then what's the point? Do players make plays in a vacuum or as part of a team? Are these position rankings not intended to determine which unit performs better or will perform better? If not, then the whole premise of the comparison is "stupid," because it has no meaning in a real game.
Was McCarron asked to do less against UT than Russell when he threw for 306yds and 4TDs on 22 attempts? Russell threw for 291yds and 2TDs in 14 more attempts (37 total), so it looks like you're right. The only problem is this only emphasizes the fact that Bama wins the comparison at the QB position. It's not a comparison of NFL potential or individual talent, though that could also be argued separately.
"They call me crazy until they find out I'm right"
QB: Push - McCarron strong game manager / Russell more talented and right there as mgr
OL: Bama - State line improves a ton when Smith plays / Bama still better overall
WR: Push - Cooper most talented on either team / State more depth
DB: Push - Banks best player on field / every other db on both teams are studs
You didn't ask but I will offer this- Saturday will be Bama's toughest regular season game of the year. As for MSU nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain. Rolled Tide?
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by rm13579 21 months ago
Hmm, good topic.
That's my completely honest assessment. Saban has won THREE national titles at two different schools. I love Coach Mullen but come on now people.
Russell has completed 16 more passes for 93 more yards, but he has 49 more attempts. McCarron has 16 TD, 0 INT. Russell is right there, 15 TD, 1 INT. McCarron's completion percentage is 68.8% to Russell's 60.1%.
So, McCarron has slightly better stats. What makes this a push is that McCarron is doing this with better RB's to hand to, a better OL to protect him, and better WR's to catch it.
In other words, put Russell in charge of the Tide offense and his numbers would be as good or better.
This post was edited by dawgbone33 21 months ago
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