Alabama Thumps Michigan State 49-7 in Capital One Bowl


Alabama completely dominated Michigan State today in the Capital One Bowl. The score was 49-7, however it wasn't even that close.

In fact, it was one of the most dominating bowl game performances in bowl history. In the history of bowl games, there have been only 8 bowl games that were decided by more than 42 points. To say that Alabama put a whipping on Michigan State is to put it lightly.

The thing was that Alabama really didn't mean to run the score up, it's just that the backups were still churning up huge blocks of yardage.

Michigan State’s porous defense allowed Alabama to run and pass up and down the field all day long. Alabama's first punt wasn't until midway through the third quarter.

This game punctuated the end to a frustrating season, but also laid the groundwork for the upcoming season. A season or Alabama could be in the title hunt once again.

Greg McElroy a very efficient game at quarterback. As a senior, he goes out out Bama's winningest quarterback ever and on top of his game. He completed 13 of 17 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.

Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson also looked good running the ball. Heck… even the third and fourth string running backs looked like All-Americans taking on the swiss cheese defense of Michigan State.

The defense played one of the best games of the year. The most telling stat of the game was this... the Spartans only had a -48 rushing yards!  That's right. Yes that is a minus in front of the 48!

Courtney Upshaw played an All-American type of game at linebacker with several crushing hits on the quarterback, finishing with 2 sacks out of the team’s 5.  However, I seen him crush the QB numerous time.   I'm really looking forward to seeing him come back for his senior year at Alabama, because I think he can be a real dominant player next year on defense if he stays healthy.

All in all… I am pleased with the Alabama year considering all the injuries and youth on the team. Six more points this year and Alabama could've been playing in the national championship. It didn't happen, but you have got to see the future as being very bright for this Alabama squad next year. I hope we keep a lot of our juniors, but Alabama looked deep. 

I am looking forward to recruiting in February in the A-Day game later this spring. 

Roll Tide Baby!

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