I get Sports Illustrated as part of a deal for my airline miles--hey, it's better than Wired--and in the most recent issue they had a lengthy article on how to beat Alabama, looking at the teams that have done so in the past 5 years and considering the prior Bama beaters as establishing what it takes to do so. I thought they were a fair set of questions to ask if you wanted to determine whether a team could beat Saban's squad. And of course, since I'd like to see Florida State do just that, in the unlikely event we win out this season [jinx jinx jinx], I wondered. Yes, I know that FSU's football team has to stop from Gatoring* first, and win out against all its opponents, including Nevada. So I think it's a fair intellectual exercise for FANS, anyway, while the team focuses on whupping the Wolf Pack.
On to the SI "test questions":
1. [Does FSU] Have a QB that can make plays with his feet and complete at least a few intermediate deep throws?
2. [Could FSU] Challenge the inexperienced [Bama] defensive backfield?
3. [Could FSU] Counter Alabama's D by spreading the field and playing fast?
4. [Could FSU] Slow Alabama's rushing attack?
5. [Could FSU] Contain Amari Cooper?
6. [Could FSU] Challenge Alabama's young offensive line and make AJ McCarron beat you when he's on the run?
7. [Could FSU] Force Alabama to kick field goals?
8. [Can FSU] Play to make it to the 4th quarter?Extra credit: Oregon>UVa>BYU>Texas? Really? Explain.
*I could have put "Clemsoning," but no longer is that term either fair or accurate, and both "Gamecocking" and "Longhorning" sounded sort of obscene. #goacc