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Watch the video to hear AJ McCarron explain his late game argument on the field with center Barrett Jones.
Despite facing one of the most statistically impressive defenses in the nation, the Alabama offense was able to put up one of its most impressive performances of the season, including 264 yards and 4 touchdowns through the air. Freshman wide receiver Amari Cooper was on the receiving end of 6 catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns and while Cooper said he and his fellow receivers had respect for the Notre Dame defensive backs, his gameplan was never based around one-on-one matchups.
The nation’s top overall recruit, Loganville, Georgia star Robert Nkemdiche, isn’t saying much about his recruitment outside of his strong feelings for the Ole Miss Rebels but while the Alabama Crimson Tide may look like a longshot, Nkemdiche has plenty of good things to say about the Tide program.
Alabama will head into the BCS Championship Game as heavy favorites over No. 1 Notre Dame but two of the talking heads over at ESPN see a major matchup advantage for the Fighting Irish that could give them an edge against the Crimson Tide. Notre Dame’s goal line defense was one of the best in the nation this season and whether defending the pass or the run, the Irish have been difficult to score on with their backs against the wall.
According to a report from Times-Picayune/NOLA.com on Tuesday a source close to LSU confirmed that Arkansas is pursuing LSU head coach Les Miles for the vacant Arkansas head coaching position. The offer is reportedly for five years and $27.5 milliion. “They made a serious offer,” the source said “(Athletic Director) Joe (Alleva) is meeting with his (Miles’) agent and the discussion is ongoing.” Earlier on Tuesday sports blogger SportsbyBrooks tweeted that he “has learned Arkansas is engaged w/ reps of the interests of Les Miles & a $5-yr $27.5M offer is on the table.” The tweet did not cite any sources.
Alabama’s highlight reel in the 2012 Iron Bowl is a lengthy one but no play stood out more than Amari Cooper’s second-half touchdown that illustrated the freshman wide out’s big play capabilities. Cooper took what could have been a relatively simple first down reception and ducked under three Auburn defenders to break free for a 29-yard touchdown and into our Alabama Play of the Week archives.
Videos continue to roll in showing Alabama fans celebrating throughout Tuscaloosa and the rest of the country last night after No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon both lost to give the Crimson Tide new life in the chase for the BCS National Championship. One industrious Tide fan has already assembled a compilation of some of the best fan reaction videos and posted his edited version on Youtube. You can view the video below, which includes footage of Tide center Barrett Jones celebrating with fans on The Strip.
The nation’s No. 1 football recruit, Loganville, Georgia defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, is back on the open market for college recruiters. After reports emerged Wednesday night that Nkemdiche had decommitted from Clemson, the five-star recruit’s high school coach Mickey Conn confirmed to various recruiting websites that the elite defender is no longer committed to the Tigers.
Saban talks about this Saturday’s game against LSU, how he celebrated his birthday (which also happens to be Halloween), the impact freshman linebacker Denzel Devall has made this season, and more.
Listen to last night’s edition of the Nick Saban radio show with host Tom Roberts and media guest Todd Blackledge. Saban talks about this Saturday’s game against Tennessee, a game which Saban believes will provide the Crimson Tide with its biggest challenge yet this season.
Arie Kouandjio’s new nickname is a tribute not only to a scary movie juggernaut, but also the tenacity he’s shown throughout his ongoing comeback from multiple knee surgeries. “They call him Jason … because he just keeps on coming,” younger brother Cyrus Kouandjio said, referring to the famous villain from the Friday the 13th franchise. “They cut up both his knees, they chop ’em up real good and he just keeps on coming.”
This week on the Alabama Football Podcast, sports producer Matt Scalici and Alabama blogger Todd Jones from Roll Bama Roll break down Alabama’s big win over Arkansas and discuss why the 2012 could be Nick Saban’s best team yet.
Listen to last night’s edition of the Nick Saban radio show with host Tom Roberts and special media guest Jim Dunaway. Saban talks about this Saturday’s SEC opener against Arkansas, including how the Crimson Tide plans to address the offensive line issues they suffered in last week’s game against Western Kentucky.
On this week’s episode of the al.com Alabama Football Podcast, sports producer Matt Scalici and Roll Bama Roll blogger Todd Jones break down Alabama’s Week 1 matchup with Michigan with key position matchups, predictions and more.