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Oregon is one team Bama doesn’t want

Published 9:44am Thursday, November 8, 2012

Forget the game you saw between Oregon and Auburn, this Ducks team is entirely different. If not for a fluke play involving Michael Dyer, even that outcome would have been different.
Oregon head coach Chip Kelley has created an absolute nightmare for opponents and their respective defensive coordinators.
Trust me here, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will not have an answer for the fastest team in the nation.
My attention to detail tells me that after watching LSU go to an up-tempo attack, I witnessed an Alabama defense that for the first time was struggling. I am talking hands-on-hips struggling and corners getting beat by an underachieving receiving corps from LSU.
There are no comparisons to an LSU offense and what the Ducks throw at you. Nick Saban has voiced his displeasure with teams running the hurry-up or spread-option because it does not allow his defense to substitute.
Note to Saban: hope you do not see the “Quack-Attack” unless it is on College Football Final. If Oregon and Alabama get together in Miami, all the Crimson Tide can hope for is a ground-control game to keep Oregon off the field.
Alabama is leading the nation in points against, allowing only 9.1 points per game.
Unfortunately, that is against SEC opponents who play slow, methodical football and rely on defenses to win games.
We will get a better idea as to how the Alabama defense can sustain quick drives when they host an extremely talented No. 15 Texas A&M this Saturday.
The Aggies are one of the best balanced teams in the nation at this point in the season. The offense is led by possibly the best all-around quarterback in the nation in freshman Johnny Manziel. All Manziel has done is throw 16 touchdowns and run for another 15.  He has run for 922 yards. But there is more to A&M besides Manziel.
This group from College Station is not a one-man-gang. They have a stable of running backs who have contributed 17 touchdowns and six receivers averaging 11.0 yards per catch.
The Aggies have two losses, but they are to Florida by a field goal and to LSU by five points, which came on a Manziel turnover late in the game.
After the late comeback against LSU, I just wonder how much is left in the emotional tank and will the offense be able to score enough.
The drive that Alabama needed at the end of the game last Saturday night will go down as one of the top moments in Crimson Tide history.
But what lurks around the corner may also make the Tide fans forget all about the LSU game, “The Drive” and  any chance of hoisting the national championship trophy in January.
Translation: There is a lot of football to be played.
Until next time.
Meyers is a college football columnist.