By Austin Payne
Alabama handled Michigan with relative ease to coast to their Citrus Bowl victory yesterday. Though the game did seem somewhat competitive for the first couple quarters, with the Wolverines actually leading Bama by 2 going into the half, the Tide’s undeniable talent took over in the second half.
Pitching a back end shut out is never easy, especially in a relatively meaningless bowl game in which top tier talent just waiting to go pro is playing in. Nevertheless, that’s what the Tide did on New Year’s Day, and it awarded them with a 35-16 W.
This is one of the more intriguing bowl matchups we had this year considering the various big name prospects playing in the game, those that aren’t playing in the game, and of course, Jim. The Harbaugh memes were going strong on Twitter throughout the matchup, especially in the latter half, with copious amounts of us regular folks calling for his job in lockstep with experienced scouts who, i guess, kinda know what they’re talking about.
So several things to note here, Will Michigan fire JH after the season? Will they attempt to be the first team to ever forfeit their division rivalry matchup with Ohio State next year? Since of course, that’s the only game that matters and it’s the only one he can’t seem to win. Alright i’ll give him a break, it’s not as if he hasn’t had Shea Patterson, Wilton Speight, and John O’Korn as his starting QB’s throughout his tenure in Ann Arbor. Perhaps he could find a spot in Baltimore with his brother next season? Wait no, then they might go 0-8 in the AFC North next season.
Okay but seriously though, has the NFL invited Jerry Jeudy to the next Hall Of Fame induction ceremony yet? I mean, he’s already good enough to be in there, at least according to Twitter. Let’s just assume he’s racked up 15,000 career receiving yards and has already surpassed the likes of Randy Moss and J Rice, shall we? In all sincerity, Jeudy might be the best overall player in this draft class, with his only competition coming from Chase Young, Joe Burrow, and his own QB when healthy. He’s one of the most polished receivers we’ve seen within the last decade, and the first round lock showed it again by putting up 204 yards on only 6 catches today.
In other news, Saban won but wasn’t happy. Is this really news worthy though? This is a typical afternoon in Tuscaloosa. So will Tua be ready to play at all next season? The announcers may have discussed this topic and Harbaugh more than the actual game itself, and you know i don’t even blame them. Tua possesses some truly rare talent we haven’t seen since the likes of Drew Brees, which is a nice comparison, and uh, he’s more talented than him. It’s very fair to ask whether the draft’s most volatile player will be available next season, and right now the answer is seemingly no.
All in all this game brings us more questions than answers, but hey if it wasn’t for that then well, we would have nothing to do. That being said, Will Jim still be in Michigan next season? Will the Dolphins hire Saban again? Can the Tide win it all next year after losing all of this talent? While we’re at it, are we living in a simulation? I don’t know, but i’m happy to speculate.