Nick Saban has laid down the law: No more LSU talk. No. 4 Alabama’s coach opened his Monday news conference by saying he’d have ”one statement about the last game and then we’re moving on.” Saban says the Crimson Tide’s attention is now on Saturday night’s visit to Mississippi State, not on that overtime loss or on hopes for a rematch with the top-ranked Tigers in the national title game. Bama players can’t help but hope for another shot at LSU. Tailback Trent Richardson says compared the physical LSU game to two 18-wheelers colliding. As for Round 2, he says, ”Who wouldn’t want to see a rematch?” Left tackle Barrett Jones, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and tight end Brad Smelley are out for Monday’s practice with injuries.
After a surprisingly eventful weekend in college football, the new BCS rankings came out on Sunday night with some big moves both up and down the board. LSU and Alabama remained the top two teams after their victories this weekend, but the Oklahoma Sooners and Wisconsin Badgers both felt the pain caused by their losses to Texas Tech and Michigan State, respectively, as they each plummeted down the rankings.
LSU at Alabama. The Nov. 5 “Tussle in Tuscaloosa” will be akin to a Super Bowl. Both teams are even taking a bye week next weekend, just like their NFL brethren do. As the hype begins to simmer, here are five topics fans will be discussing:
The Scoop: The Alabama Crimson Tide shook off a slow start that saw them tied with Tennessee at halftime, and blew it open in the second half to the tune of a 37-6 victory. It moved Alabama to 8-0 on the season, and was the team’s fifth straight win …
Saturday’s game of the week features two undefeated teams from the SEC and could be a preview of the conference championship. #3 Alabama heads to The Swamp to take on #12 Florida in a night game that has all the [...]
Will Muschamp and Nick Saban first met at LSU’s bowl practice in 2000. They spoke for 20 minutes about football and philosophy. A month later, Saban called Muschamp for an interview and hired him the same night. They spent the next five years together. Meetings, practices, meals, road trips, games, family get-togethers, they were seemingly inseparable. Saban was the defensive guru with passion, vision and NFL experience. Muschamp was his student, willing to learn everything he could about the intricacies of defense.
It’s getting harder and harder to tell this Alabama team apart from the 2009 version. The third-ranked Crimson Tide also has a run-crushing, ball-hawking defense, a hard-to-stop tailback duo and a heady quarterback making few mistakes. Those similarities to the national title team from two years ago were certainly apparent in Saturday’s 38-14 win over No. 18 Arkansas. Even the numbers were similar to the 35-7 win over the Razorbacks two years ago. Life doesn’t get any easier for the Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). Next up is a visit to No. 12 Florida and another assortment of speedy playmakers. Coach Nick Saban says he’s pleased with his defense’s performance but says they have ”got to play our best all the time.”
The following is college football gold. Alabama wide receiver Marquis Maze provided your afternoon highlight, taking this punt return against Arkansas 83 yards to the house in what was a very close game at time. Good blocking, a handful of missed tackles, some fantastic cutbacks and even an unnecessary cutback at the end will likely…
Arkansas and Alabama are high-powered teams with lofty ambitions and contrasting styles. The Southeastern Conference contenders bring all those trappings into their league openers when they met Saturday at Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. No. 3 Alabama has won the past four meetings with the 14th-ranked Razorbacks. Both SEC West teams are 3-0 and the matchups within the game are intriguing.
Alabama coach Nick Saban says wide receiver Duron Carter isn’t likely to play this season. Saban said Wednesday the highly touted junior college transfer and former Ohio State player will probably have to redshirt. Saban says Alabama hasn’t received and might not receive ”one piece of information” on Carter. Without it, he says Carter would have to live there for a year to be eligible.
Alabama QB A.J. McCarron has a pretty mondo chest tattoo, made up of his nickname (Bama Boy), five other family member’s names, a dove, some sort of family shield, and crying Jesus. It’s pretty extensive to say the least, and might I say, looks quite fetching placed between his well-proportioned nipples. But sweet merciful crap, did someone have to go and make a shirt out of it?
Get ready for the first of two college football national championship “elimination games” this weekend. In the SEC, you have #3 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #14 Arkansas Razorbacks. Both have legit national title aspirations as do the #7 Oklahoma State Cowboys and #8 Texas A&M Aggies. In both conferences, you have other teams in the mix for the big prize, but eventually they’ll beat up on each other, and you may have only one left standing from each league. But don’t forget the Wisconsin Badgers from my neck of the woods and the Stanford Cardinal out west. Either/both of those squads could derail a SEC/Big 12 Challenge title game.
Trent Richardson says Barrett Jones is the ”nerd” on Alabama’s offensive line, the studious guy who sits up front in class and raises his hand a lot. Jones has used those brains to help him become the third-ranked Crimson Tide’s all-purpose blocker. He has played four positions on the line in the first three games – everywhere but right guard, where he started 25 games the past two seasons and was a preseason first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick.
As the Alabama Crimson Tide gets ready to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, it’ll be a huge SEC game with a scintillating match-up of the high-powered Arkansas offense versus the elite ‘Bama defense. That defense has three guys on it that could be round 1-2 picks in next April’s draft. Dre Kirkpatrick (6-2, 192, CB), Dont’a Hightower (6-4, 260, LB) and Mark Barron (6-2, 218, Safety).
This is an early SEC West showdown that could decide who will be representing their division in the SEC Championship Game. The Razorbacks are very good on both sides of the ball and have one of the best teams in the country. The Crimson Tide has a very good rushing attack and is starting to get improved quarterback play from QB A.J. McCarron, who has not thrown an interception in his last two games. I think this is going be a close game that will be hard fought by both teams and that is why I am going to take Arkansas with the points.