Sound Off: State of the Crimson Tide following Iron Bowl loss

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — ‘Twas the eve of the College Football Playoff selections, and all through the University of Alabama football complex, not a coach was stirring … because they were all out recruiting.

Too soon?

Regardless, it’s an odd time for the Crimson Tide (11-1), who are coming off a dud performance in the Iron Bowl and hoping for another chance in the College Football Playoff. Ranked fifth by the selection committee, Alabama is left watching and rooting for upsets while other top contenders are looking to lock up spots in the semifinals.

“We are a one-loss team and we lost to a really good team,” junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick said. “I think that we deserve a chance to be in the playoffs.”

Regardless, Alabama knows its next game won’t be for another month, which means that the assistant coaches have hit the road and Scott Cochran is sort of fanning everyone’s emotional flames for “St. Nick” in the weight room.

Marq Burnett and Christopher Walsh touch base on the Iron Bowl and the state of the Crimson Tide heading into finals week.

The great debate: What went wrong in Iron Bowl?

  • Marq and Christopher start off with their takeaways from the Auburn loss and give a lot of credit to the Tigers for their 26-14 victory (0:30). Marq calls it a “really odd game” for Alabama (1:20), while Christopher praises Auburn’s preparation and one thing that really stood out to him (2:00).
  • At what point did you realize it wasn’t going to be Alabama’s night (2:30)? Christopher points out that there were numerous players making big mistakes in the game, while Marq points to one disastrous play that he thought told the story of the game (3:15).
  • How big was home-field advantage in the game (4:20)? Both writers give credit to the fans in other stadiums this season. Marq talks about the Robert Foster fourth-down gaffe (5:00) and how that and other mistakes contributed to the building momentum for the Tigers.
  • Marq and Christopher change gears and talk about some players who played well during the Iron Bowl. Was there a team MVP? Marq mentions a couple of defensive players (5:50), and tips his hat to one offensive player (6:20). Christopher throws in a defensive player who hasn’t gotten the credit he deserves this season (6:35), and mentions another who made some big plays against top-notch competition (7:20).
  • Even though Alabama isn’t in the SEC Championship Game, Alabama will be impacted by the result in terms of the College Football Playoff (8:25). Both Marq and Christopher favor one team for a very specific reason.
  • Looking ahead, how does Alabama react to the Iron Bowl loss? Will it be a mad team or a wounded team? Both believe there’s not a clear-cut answer to that question as so much has yet to be determined, including during this championship weekend (10:30).

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