The BCS Championship Game is in Miami this year. In other words, Nick Saban is only a few months away from making his triumphant return to Sun Life Stadium.
It’s the fourth week of the season, but it’s fairly obvious to any rational thinker that Alabama is far and away the nation’s best team. Of course, there are always outliers. Florida Atlantic defensive end Cory Henry is one of these people.
Henry, who will line up against the Crimson Tide’s indomitable offensive line on Saturday, said this week that Alabama “ain’t what people think.” Henry, of course, plays for quite possibly the worst team in college football.
First, let’s assume the obvious: Henry has a life insurance policy that pays out triple.
Next, let’s assume the existential: Henry is under the impression that most people believe Alabama’s football players are robots from outer space here to liquefy the planet’s current occupants. In this scenario, Henry would be correct: They “ain’t what people think.”
In all other scenarios, Alabama is what people think:
• The Crimson Tide is the defending national champion.
• Its quarterback is the reigning MVP of the BCS Championship Game.
• Its center, Barrett Jones, is arguably the best player in college football.
• Its starting running back, Eddie Lacy, is a future starter in the NFL, and Lacy’s backup, freshman T.J. Yeldon, is a future candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
• Alabama’s defense, the “weakness” of the team to begin the season, is allowing an average of less than five points per game.
• Oh, and one final thing: Alabama is nearly a 50-point favorite against FAU.
It’s clear now what the problem is in Boca. FAU’s football players don’t watch film of their opponents. How else to explain Henry’s comments this week? But wait, Henry did watch film of Alabama this week.
“They just execute well,” Henry told The Palm Beach Post. “They just execute and beat you.”
Let me finish that last sentence. They just execute and beat you into guacamole, hold you scoreless and hang half a hundred on the scoreboard.
I’ve got to be honest. In a way, I respect Henry’s swagger. Georgia obliterated the Owls 56-20 last week, and FAU’s only victory this season was a 7-3 slugfest against FCS program Wagner. Despite all that, FAU found a way into this space thanks to Henry’s confidence.
OK, I am now done writing about FAU for the rest of the season. Quite sure I’ll be writing about Alabama again. I’ll end it with this, the highlight of Henry’s pregame smack talk: “We got speed against them. You got speed, you can win.”
Run wild, FAU. Run wild.
WEEKEND THAT WAS
Led by sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel, resurgent Florida scored 37 points in Knoxville, Tenn. The Gators are back, it seems, after two years of fecklessness at the hands of former quarterback John Brantley.
Driskel completed 70 percent of his passes against the Volunteers, who were favored to win. Note to Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer: The Gators’ point total was the most for UF at Neyland Stadium since 1984. The Gators catch a breather this Saturday (Kentucky) and then have a bye week to prepare for LSU.
WEEKEND THAT WILL BE
After two long seasons, the state of Florida is back in the national title picture thanks to Florida State. The No. 4 Seminoles host No. 10 Clemson on Saturday in the ACC’s biggest game of the year. With a victory, FSU would have a relatively easy road to its season finale against the Gators and then possibly a ticket to Miami for the BCS Championship Game. It’s a night game Saturday, so you know The Doak will be rocking.
My ballot entering Week 4: 1. Barrett Jones, senior center, Alabama. 2. Geno Smith, senior quarterback, West Virginia. 3. Jarvis Jones, junior outside linebacker, Georgia.