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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing

GOING NEW YEARS BOWLING?

By Marc Lawrence — Michigan over Alabama by 3


After losing 5 times in a row to arch-rival Ohio State, and falling
in bowl games each of the last three years, we figure a win here is
the best therapy to quiet an angry fan base and keep them from
calling for Jim Harbaugh’s head on a spike. And it would be easy
for you to say “Are you crazy? This is Bama we’re talking about…”
That’s right, a 13th-ranked Crimson Tide team that we know will be
without Tua, but may also have at least a half-dozen other players
skipping the game to preserve their health and NFL Draft status,
including WR Henry Ruggs, OT Alex Leatherwood ad CB Trevon
Diggs. Sure, the Tide is No. 2 in the nation in Turnover Margin
(+16) and No. 3 in 3rd Down Conversion Percentage (53.1), but
the question remains: how does Nick Saban get his team charged
up here after appearing in the CFB Playoff every year since its
inception? Answer: he doesn’t. In fact, it was just a year ago that
Clemson thumped Nick Saban, 44-16, in last year’s title game and we
think it’s high time to face the fact that Bama is far from invincible.
Meanwhile, the Wolverines were taken to the woodshed by the
Buckeyes last time out, but the truth is, since their mid-October loss
to Penn State, they have cut out the fumbles, penalties and other
silly decisions that plagued them early in the year. Four straight
wins by an average of 30 PPG, including crushing defeats of rivals
Notre Dame and Michigan State, prove that Harbaugh will have his
team ready this time. So agrees THE CLINCHER: Alabama is 0-5
SUATS in bowl games versus opponents coming off a loss

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