Ok, it's Monday morning, we're 1-1, and we just got our teeth kicked in. We lost to the concensus best team in the country on the road with a true freshman quaterback. We didn't tackle well and Evan Royster had his second bad game.
But it's time to move on and look at the positives
For one, we're still ranked Ok, it doesn't mean much, but it's something.
Second, despite the rocky performance, our QB Bolden kept his composure* in a game where most true freshman QB's wouldn't. He threw two interceptions on third down in or near the red zone. Big deal.
Heisman hopeful Miami quarterback and Jacory Harris threw 4 picks, and he's a Junior. This was his first big test and it came early in the season, he will be better for it come Iowa/OSU.
Third, the defense didn't play all that poorly. That's the best RB by far that we will face this season, maybe the best RB we have faced in the last 5 years. And we faced 4 current NFL running backs in 2008. Our CB's played extremely well, and our defensive line got some pressure on the QB. If you're getting gashed like that the safeties are going to start creeping in and the passing lanes will open up, that was Alabama's whole game plan.
Finally, this game is not going to determine the winner of the B10 or who goes to the Rose Bowl. I think this team has it in them to share a conference title with Ohio State. I think this team has it in them to put a season in the books very similar to 2008 Ohio State, given that I believe Bolden is a better QB then Pryor was at this stage.
So there. Shake it off and move on.
*I refuse to use the buzz word that starts with a p