You have all heard the old adage “defense wins championships”. This may have been true as recent as five years ago, but the game has changed, and so has the recipe for a championship.
Before you throw your smart phone or tablet, I am not saying that defense is not important, I am simply saying it is not as important as it used to be. The game has been revolutionized. From the way offenses scheme and create match-up problems, to even the way the game is officiated. Seemingly all of the rules are geared to be advantageous to the offense. Like it or not, this is just the way it is.
Real quick I am going to give a simple checklist of items that I believe are critical to competing and winning championships in the modern era of college football. Let’s see how this years Alabama team measures up.
- You must have a play-maker at the Quarterback position.
- Check. Mac Jones as more than proved his ability to make plays for this Alabama offense.
- You must have at least one weapon, either in the backfield, or out wide.
- Check. Do the names Najee Harris, DeVonta Smith, or John Metchie ring a bell?
- Have an opportunistic defense.
- Check. The season got off to a rough start for the defense, but the last 10 quarters the defense has showed what they are capable of. Not an elite defense by any means, but they make plays and score defensive touchdowns. That’s good enough for 2020.
- Have a weapon at place kicker.
- Check. I more or less just threw this one in here so I could brag on the job that Will Reichard has done this season for the Tide. He has become an absolute weapon. Finding a reliable kicker is tricky, but I am not telling you anything you don’t already know.
Obviously there are many other factors that help determine your championship prowess. Such as offensive line play, coaching, playing with discipline, and even avoiding costly injuries, but I just wanted to highlight a few that I thought were some of the most important. Through six games, Alabama has proved to be one of the best teams in the country and looks to be headed for another trip to the College Football Playoff.
Stacey Blackwood is the Co-Founder and President of Tide Talk Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Blackwood89 and always feel free to reach out with questions and comments. Roll Tide.
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