in the end maybe we just were never able to recover from 0-2 start with losses to A&M and FSU
Yeah, this didn't help. Starting off the season with two good teams was a dumbass move. A&M wasn't any better than us, but had some big plays and some help from the refs to beat us. They wound up with a mediocre year also.
FSU started off 0-2 and was not going to lose to us. If CFB had a playoff in 89, they would have won the MNC. They rolled after losing to S Miss and Clemson. We were never really in that game at all.
Our defense just really sucked that year. It was like 2008. In 1990, we were actually a much better team but lost a lot of close games.
As far as the defense, I remember them switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 in the middle of the season. Back then, I was living in Bama and the only way to get news was a week old Tiger Rag.