Archive | 2014

Alabama debuts at #6 in new playoff poll

Any questions regarding how the new playoff committee would address one conference’s dominance against the landscape of college football were answered Tuesday night as the committee placed three teams from the SEC in its initial four team playoff scenario. And not only from the SEC, but the SEC West. Of course, some of it may […]

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Saban on injuries, suspension, CFP poll

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban covered a lot of ground in a Tuesday press conference, updating injuries, announcing a suspension and proclaiming he doesn’t know and doesn’t care about the upcoming College Football Playoff poll. Running back T.J. Yeldon and tight end Brian Vogler are “beat up” and will be limited in practice this week.  Offensive tackle Cam Robinson […]

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No bias, SEC is champion of the world

Could an Evil Sports Promotional Network (ESPN) be manipulating coverage of the SEC to sway the College Football Playoff Committee into selecting as many SEC teams as possible? At least one writer for a well-known pop culture magazine website thinks so. The writer makes a point that ESPN owns broadcasting rights to the CFP, has recently launched […]

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Does Alabama need conference championship to win bigger prize?

Does Alabama really need the SEC championship to make the playoffs and win the national championship? Maybe not. Would it matter to Tide fans if Alabama took a bye on the trip to Atlanta, but was still able to participate in the College Football Playoff? When Ole Miss lost to LSU, it gave Alabama new hope […]

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Saban: Focus is on playing “our game”

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban, at his Wednesday morning SEC teleconference, said his Alabama Crimson Tide will focus on playing “our game” despite a potentially distracting crowd at Neyland Stadium. Alabama plays Tennessee Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. CT, in Knoxville. Monday morning, Saban was asked about Lane Kiffin’s return to Tennessee. Kiffin, now Alabama’s […]

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Want to beat Tennessee? It’s in the sack

When the Tennessee Volunteers try for the eighth year in a row to best Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide this Saturday night, a laundry list of challenges will meet the Vols at the entrance to Neyland Stadium. But you might start at quarterback. Or specifically, the orange and white paper mache wall around theirs. The […]

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Saban: Turn the page on rout of Aggies

By Hunter Ford It’s time for Alabama “to turn the page” on its rout of Texas A&M and focus on the battle with Tennessee, set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday. That was Nick Saban’s message in a brief Monday press conference. Saban said he was proud of his team for playing with “intensity” and “emotion” while […]

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Saban: Aggie offense can’t go fast if Tide controls the ball

By Hunter Ford The focus for Alabama this week has been improving on execution and fundamentals, head coach Nick Saban said during his Wednesday afternoon press conference. Alabama plays at home Saturday against SEC West foe Texas A&M, 4-2, 2-2, which has lost its last two games after starting 4-0. “We’re trying to focus on our players…playing […]

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‘Pissed off’ Saban: Don’t undervalue ‘Will not be denied’ attitude

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban gets “pissed off” when he talks to people about the Arkansas game and they are disappointed Alabama only won by a single point. “You want to talk about something that’s frustrating? That’s frustrating,” Saban said at his Monday press conference. Saban began his meeting with the media saying he was […]

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Around the Web: Tarkenton vs. McCarron, Razorbacks vs. Tide

Alabama is looking to regain some confidence after its loss to Ole Miss last week, and Arkansas is looking for its first SEC win of the Bret Bielema era after coming tantalizingly close in an overtime loss to Texas A&M. Former University of Miami, University of North Carolina, and Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis, a […]

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Saban: Practice, play like Hulk, not guy selling newspapers

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban wants his players to prepare each week as if they were going to play, whether they are first string or fourth string. At his Wednesday afternoon press conference, Saban said every Tide player should be striving to be the best they can be whether they are high or low on […]

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Bama fans beware: Rick and Bubba revel in Alabama loss

If you want to listen to the Rick and Bubba Show, that is your perogative. But to do so as an Alabama fan or supporter, do so with the understanding that you are supporting a program that is as orange and blue as the Jordan-Hare student section, with the same approximate alchohol induced I.Q. The […]

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Saban: ‘Who’s making this team better?’

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban covered a lot of ground in his Monday press conference as Alabama recovers from a loss to Ole Miss and looks forward to an improved Arkansas team. Saban’s bottom line was “how do you respond?” He said it would be important for Alabama to “finish plays,” “finish drives,” and “finish […]

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AL.com shows more incredible bias in tacky feature against Alabama fans

Need more proof that AL.com is an antagonistic news outlet against the University of Alabama and its fanbase? How about this: That’s right. For your viewing pleasure, AL.com wants to show you Alabama fans amid a disappointing loss. There are 93 pictures featured in the piece, showing photo after photo of Alabama fans at the […]

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Bama goes down in perfect storm to inspired Black Bear Rebel Thingy Team

When I’m wrong I’m the first to admit it. Ole Miss is for real. LSU isn’t. But the Black Bear Rebel Thingies from the University of Mississippi are certainly for real. The Alabama Crimson Tide suffered its first loss of the 2014 season to an inspired team on an historic day in Oxford. It was […]

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Saban: Sims throwing with ‘no issues,’ Ole Miss can move ball on ground via short pass

By Hunter Ford In a brief Wednesday afternoon press conference, Nick Saban said Blake Sims is practicing as if he was never injured, and the Tide has had a good week of practice. Earlier in the day, in his weekly teleconference, Saban said Sims began throwing the ball toward the end of last week. “Blake has […]

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A few good reads to prepare for Ole Miss-Alabama

Waiting for the Wednesday afternoon Saban press conference and surfing the Web.  Here are some of the best reads so far this week. Rebels jive talkin’ Last year, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said he was confident the Rebels would move the ball and score points on Alabama. The result was a 25-0 loss in […]

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Bama faces biggest test of 2014 from state of Mississippi

That sound you hear isn’t thunder. It’s the distant rumbling of a battle that will soon take place in the near future. The 2014 Alabama Crimson Tide faces its biggest test soon, and this year that test isn’t LSU or Auburn. It’ll come from across state lines. When Mississippi State comes to Tuscaloosa November 15. […]

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Shocker: Auburn pursuing another player with a criminal past

Auburn University’s football program is at it again. The Tiggers are once again actively pursuing a criminal for their football team. Thug U. may soon be the new home for Jonathan Taylor, the former Georgia defensive lineman kicked out of the Bulldog program after being arrested and charged with aggravated assault/family violence. Taylor is in […]

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Rolling Stone: Alabama goes electric

It is not quite “the thrill that will getcha when you get your picture” on the cover, but the Alabama Crimson Tide has made the online edition of Rolling Stone. It’s an excellent article, written by Michael Weinreb. He calls Alabama the “most iconic and revered and successful program in the south, if not all […]

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Crimson Tide sends shockwaves through the SEC with big win …again

It’s become a common theme each year under Nick Saban. Bama is back..again…and anyone wanting to dethrone Dixie’s Football Pride best start hitting their knees. The football gods weren’t hearing it last Saturday. Prayers sent from places like Lee County, Knoxville and Baton Rouge fell on deaf ears. Partially because there is no such thing […]

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Tide fans must wear game faces for Florida

There’s no need to hide the women and children when Alabama battles Florida tomorrow. However, Tide fans of all ages, genders, makes and models, need to bring their A-game for the tilt with the Gators. I took my youngest son, age nine, to the Southern Miss game last weekend. It was his first game at […]

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Saban says Florida is ‘way better, way better’ than last season

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban says the 2014 Florida Gators are an outstanding team. In 2013, Florida struggled to one of its worst records in recent history, going 4-8. Saban, at his Wednesday afternoon press conference, said that was partly due to numerous injuries at key positions. The Gators are full strength for their showdown […]

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Florida Gators loom large for Alabama

By Hunter Ford Alabama players understand the importance of this week’s game against Florida. It’s the conference opener for Crimson Tide. “If they don’t, they don’t understand Alabama football and playing in the SEC,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. Saban said he believed his team improved a little bit in a 52-12 drubbing of Southern […]

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Was Courtney Upshaw’s sack on Big Ben illegal? You decide.

Last night the Ray Rice-less Baltimore Ravens defeated Ben Roethlisberger’s Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6. Bama’s C.J. Mosley had a great game, forcing and recovering a fumble while recording 4 solo tackles and five more assists. But talk among football fans today is the hit former Bama star Courtney Upshaw planted on Big Ben. Upshaw sacked Roethlisberger […]

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Despite media efforts, Bama’s QB “controversy” is anything but

The QB situation at Alabama; what does it mean at this point? (An analysis by The Conduit) First things first, Blake Sims is the starting quarterback at Alabama. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the media. Most outlets seem to think it’s a crisis of biblical proportions in Tuscaloosa, the most epic controversy of […]

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Most interesting things have happened in Alabama-Southern Miss series

Alabama’s game Saturday against Southern Miss is the most important game of the season.  Well, it’s the most important game so far; because it is the next one. Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings would say, “If you don’t think games like these are important…try losing one.” And Stallings knows.  He lost his debut in 1990 […]

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Saban wants players in ‘beast mode’

By Hunter Ford In his Wednesday press conference, Nick Saban said some Tide players are practicing in “beast mode” while others…not so much. “Focus stamina” is the key phrase for the week, Saban said. “You have to do it every day.” He said the Tide is still looking to establish “identity” as it heads into […]

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Saban: Focus is on the tree not the shadow

By Hunter Ford In his Monday meeting with the media, Nick Saban said it was not necessary to categorize his quarterbacks as starters or non-starters. “I know you (the media) would love to create a quarterback controversy,” Saban said.  “But one thing I noticed, that I hope you noticed, was when Jake Coker threw a […]

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Saban: Develop routine to sustain through season

By Hunter Ford In his afternoon press conference, Nick Saban said the focus this week has been to “develop routine” as the Tide prepares for the home opener against Florida Atlantic. “The focus on our team is really on improvements,” Saban said.  “You have to practice well… have the mental energy to develop the habits […]

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