Roundtable: Previewing Alabama vs. Duke

The Crimson & White Roundtable looks back at Penn State and ahead to Duke. You can view the Roundtable and read what other participants have to say at the Roundtable website. On to my thoughts.

1. What is the most important thing we learned in the wake of the Penn State game?
Not to ride a bus. I guess you mean something that happened on the field. That would probably be the defense. It needs to improve, but it appears to have players who want to make plays. If the unit continues to improve in the next few weeks, the defense will be fun to watch. I believe the coverage will improve and be more complex when SEC play begins.

2. What is the biggest area of concern given the upcoming contest with Duke?
Injuries. Games like this are when injuries become the greatest fear. You never know when something weird will happen and end a season or a career. You want to get out of here with a win and without any serious injuries.

3. How much will the return of Marcel Dareus and (possibly) Mark Ingram affect the team’s strategy?
My guess is that the strategy for Ingram will be to get him some reps. A few carries that allows him to hit game speed and get some contact would be a good prep for the start of conference play that is coming. As for Dareus, I suspect he’ll be ready to go. He hasn’t had the injury issue and that will mean a deeper rotation along the front.

4. What part of the gameday experience are you most looking forward to on Saturday?
I’m looking forward to watching the game on television instead of in the stands. I can see more on television. When the pretty girl you are sitting with hands you her glasses so you can read the player’s numbers, you realize that you are too old to be at a game. Or maybe you just need glasses. Either way, no traffic commuting from the chair. Also, you can view more games on Saturday. That will be nice.