After a lackluster win over an unranked South Florida team on Saturday, the Alabama football team sensed the growing issues within and reportedly called a team meeting after their victory this weekend.
The Alabama football program is very much like the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Lakers of college football. An extremely high standard has been set during head coach Nick Saban’s tenure running the program, and competing for National Championships is the expectation every season. However, the team has not played near the level of previous teams in 2023.
While they blew the doors off MTSU in Week 1 and won by a score of 56-7, the team fell back to Earth in a big way the following week when they suffered an absolutely rare home loss to Texas. While the Texas loss was a shot across the bow, the defeat still came against an elite team at the top of our latest college football rankings.
However, this weekend things looked grim when they went into halftime against South Florida with a 3-3 tie. Alabama football’s defense kept dropping the hammer down on SFU’s offense and limited them to just three points on Saturday. But the offense only mustered a couple of touchdowns in the second half to finish with a 17-3 win.
Tyler Booker says Alabama football teammates got a lot ‘off their chest’ during impromptu meeting
The surprisingly poor showing sent a clear message to the team. “We have some serious problems and need to address them.” That is why it should be no surprise that offensive lineman Tyler Booker revealed on a Monday edition of “The Next Round” podcast that the team called a meeting soon after the win on Saturday.
“Everybody got a lot of stuff off their chest,” Booker said. “I feel like we’re all on the same page now. You know what I mean? It’s unfortunate it took a loss at Bryant-Denny and a subpar game in Tampa for that to happen. But I feel like we’re all on the same page now, and I am excited to see how the rest of the season goes now that we’re all on the same page.”
The Alabama football team returns to action this weekend in a big matchup with a ranked Ole Miss team at 3:30 PM ET on CBS.