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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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Alabama Football Rewind: What did we learn in Atlanta?

I spent the entire first Saturday of the 2014 college football season in Atlanta, GA, as I and plenty of Alabama fans recovering from the 8-month-long pigskin detox do when the Crimson Tide comes to Gotham City to open the year against a power-five conference opponent. It was hot. It was confusing. Most of all, […]

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Saban won’t map out QB plan with media

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban says he will play both Jake Coker and Blake Sims at quarterback this week against Florida Atlantic, but he doesn’t feel obligated to map out his strategy with the media. When he met the press Monday, Saban said he was still formulating a plan to play both quarterbacks. “But when […]

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Bama in the NFL: Tiders who made the 53-man rosters

The 53-man rosters are now complete, and heading into the 2014 season Alabama is again well represented. The biggest story of the new NFL year, at least as far as Alabama is concerend, is Vinnie Sunseri. Let me be the first to say it. I was wrong. I’m wrong a couple of times a year, […]

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Alabama Football: 8 named players of the Week for WVU win

Alabama played West Virginia in the Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff. The Tide won 33-23. [/caption]The Alabama football coaching staff praised eight players for their performance in Alabama’s win over West Virigina. The players named Players of the Week included Amari Cooper, Jalston Fowler and TJ Yeldon on offense, and Johnathan Allen, Landon Collins and Cyrus Jones […]

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West Virginia Game Report Card: Sims, kickers and Clint Trickett’s hair

For the fifth time in the Nick Saban era at Alabama, the Crimson Tide took its show on the road…or more accurately, to a neutral site…to begin the 2014 season. Like all the others, Bama walked away from a dome with the win to begin the new season, leaving behind a few unknowns heading into […]

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GAME NOTES: Alabama 33 West Virginia 23

ALABAMA FOOTBALL (via UA Media Relations) POSTGAME NOTES – WEST VIRGINIA VS. ALABAMA SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014 • GEORGIA DOME • ATLANTA GENERAL NOTES GAME CAPTAINS: Alabama’s captains for today’s game against West Virginia are Landon Collins, Christion Jones and Austin Shepherd. The Crimson Tide won the coin toss and elected to defer the opening […]

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IMB trustee Hershael York should be called out for his hateful remarks

Southern Baptist Convention headed for schism Editor’s note: This is not related to football, so skip it if you don’t care about theology or denominational business. I’m posting it here because I am tired of keeping silent while serious issues fester within my extended family. Trustees should be seen and not heard. Seriously, that is […]

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Why CBS Sports Fantasy Football is a winner

This post brought to you by CBS Sports. All opinions are 100% mine. I love fantasy football. What I don’t love is all the mindless recordkeeping and stacks of papers and binders filled with information that running a fantasy football league once required. Thankfully, technology has made the entire task easier. Some of my most […]

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Opening night report card: Gamecocks fail, Aggies still for real

It was the best and worst of college football all in one night, and it was glorious. There truly is nothing like college football, where the pageantry and exuberance of a new season can be replaced with dismay and dispair from a fanbase in just a few minutes. Such was the case in Columbia, South […]

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Alabama Football: Saban refuses to name Sims or Coker as starter

Nick Saban refused to name Alabama’s starting QB for the West Virginia game when asked about it during the weekly SEC teleconference.

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3 Alabama fan resolutions for the 2014 college football season

It isn’t the new year, but it is the start of a new college football season for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Here are my resolutions for the start of the 2014 college football season. Jinx Auburn Over the last few years, I’ve learned an important lesson. I can jinx Auburn. It isn’t hard at all. […]

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Gus’ suspension guide for Nick Marshall revealed

At his press conference today Gustav Malzahn said suspended Auburn quaterback Cheech Marshall would not start but would play Saturday against the Razorbacks. Predictibly, the state media just moved on to the next question, whereas had the same scenario played out in Tuscaloosa the next 45 questions would center around the circumstances of the suspension, […]

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To be, or not UAB. Could ‘autonomy’ kill the Blazers?

Many Alabama fans reluctantly accept the existence of UAB football and simply ignore it.  Others are often quite vocal about their desire to see UAB’s program die and go to football hell. For those in the latter camp, autonomy for the Power 5 football schools could give them their wish.  Recently, the University of Hawaii’s […]

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Saban’s Greatest Hits (And some that will be)

        How much longer will Nick Saban coach at Alabama, and how much more can he accomplish?  Including his time at LSU, Saban owns four SEC titles and four national championships.  If, or when, Saban decides to do something else full time besides coaching, it is likely that he will end up […]

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Braxton Miller, done at Ohio State

Two weeks before the season begins, Ohio State’s season is over. Or at least that what it seems. News broke yesterday that the Buckeye’s quarterback was done for the year after sustaining a right shoulder injury during Monday’s practice. Miller sustained the injury during a non-contact portion of the practice, and was reportedly taken off […]

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Media Alert: SiriusXM broadcasting from Alabama Fall Camp

Phil Savage and Jack Arute host from Tuscaloosa, AL, on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91 If you want more information about how things are going in Tuscaloosa as Alabama football prepares for the 2014 college football season, you might want to listen to one of the most knowledgeable voices about the Alabama football team–Phil […]

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2nd scrimmage points to the next Bama QB

Last Saturday the Tide scrimmaged for the 2nd and final time before the August 30th opener with West Virginia, and the million dollar question was how the quarterbacks fared. Everyone wants to know stats. Everyone wants to hear numbers that will make them breathe easier heading into the post-AJ McCarron era. Unfortunately, Nick Saban knows […]

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Finebaum book lacks depth

Paul Finebaum’s much anticipated book is out, and he is promoting the book signing tour as if it were a Led Zeppelin reunion.  I don’t know if I-Man’s accounts of “lines being out the door” for book signing events can be taken at face value. My experience with the book is this:  I went to Wal-Mart […]

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Around the Web: Expensive playoff tickets, Lutz’s BAC released, more

      COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF TICKETS Could you afford to attend the SEC Championship, a College Football Playoff semifinal game, and a CFP national championship game?  Alabama fans are known for travelling well, but if the Tide plays in all three of these contests it would cost a small fortune just for tickets.  Factor in gas […]

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PRACTICE REPORT: Bama takes to the field as a complete unit for the first time

The Crimson Tide took to the practice field for the first time as a complete unit Saturday, with younger players joining their older compadres. A rumor began circulating on the internet (imagine that) involving an injury to Bama linebacker Trey DePriest, but per sources the rumor didn’t hold water. Of course Alabama head coach Nick […]

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PRACTICE REPORT: Newcomers shine in the evening session

Alabama’s latest #1 signing class took to the practice field for the first time Friday evening. At almost any other university, what stepped onto the practice field would be good enough to compete immediately in their league. At Alabama, top recruits are primed for the future, though many will see action this season. Some quick […]

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PRACTICE REPORT Day 1: Jake Coker, Eddie Jackson steal the show early

Fall practice is here, and the 2014 campaign is officially…finally…underway. The big story this morning was Jake Coker on an Alabama practice field in an Alabama jersey. Coker looks like he belongs on an NFL roster, with sound throwing mechanics, a 6’4″ frame and strong arm. It’s easy to see what the buzz has been […]

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Preseason Coach’s poll released; Bama is #2, ACC with only 3 included

The coaches have spoken, and Dabo Swinney and Jimbo Fisher appear to be in the vast minority. Much has been said (mostly by ACC coaches and players) about the ferocity of the ACC, but it appears Swinney’s and Fisher’s peers aren’t buying it. The 2014 USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll was released today, with 7 members […]

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