STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania – Sources confirmed to al.com newspapers that receiver Duron Carter will not play in Alabama's game against Penn State today. He did not travel with Alabama to Pennsylvania, the sources said. The Crimson Tide had been expected to use the junior college transfer against the Nittany Lions in today's game. [Read More]
Alabama's national championship hopes could take a major hit today in Happy Valley. There's a long way to go after the No. 3 Crimson Tide faces the No. 23 Penn State Nittany Lions today at 2:30 on ABC. And a stumble today wouldn't be the end of the world. [Read More]
When: 2:30 p.m. CDT today (ABC), Beaver Stadium, State College, Pa. This game will determine: How prepared Alabama is to start tackling SEC heavyweights such as Arkansas and, down the road, LSU. [Read More]
Like their classic uniforms, like their legendary coach, like their cavernous stadium – and what is there not to like? – Penn State is nothing fancy on a football field. Like, no frills. No wild formations. No wacky schemes. The Nittany Lions must be an easy team for which to prepare. “Those are the hardest teams to play against, because they don't make mistakes,” said Alabama coach Nick Saban, whose third-ranked Crimson Tide (1-0) pays a 2:30 p.m. CDT visit today to No. 23 Penn State (1-0). [Read More]
University of Alabama football is Paul W. “Bear” Bryant leaning on a goalpost, Johnny Mack Brown running wild in the Rose Bowl, Gene Stallings being carried off the Louisiana Superdome field on the shoulders of his players and Nick Saban reviving the echoes of greatness with the Crimson Tide's 13th national championship. Penn State football is Joe Paterno and Linebacker U., undefeated seasons and Eastern supremacy, consistency and class. [Read More]
When Alabama's quarterbacks hand off the ball this season, they'll be doing so to three of the biggest, most powerful running backs you could ask for in college football. When they pull off their helmets on the sideline, they will watch one of the country's most talented defenses wreak havoc on opposing offenses. [Read More]
Alabama 21, Penn State 10.
The Nittany Lions actually moved the ball last year in their 24-3 loss to Alabama, but couldn't finish in the red zone. Playing before 100,000-plus fans at Happy Valley should help Penn State. But Alabama's defense in Week 2 this year is better than it was last year at this time. The X-factor: Turnovers. If inexperienced quarterbacks AJ McCarron and/or Phillip Sims turn the ball over too many times – they had four interceptions last week – then Penn State could pull the upset. Otherwise, Penn State doesn't appear to have a quarterback and enough offense. [Read More]
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama senior wide receiver Brandon Gibson was honored to be chosen as one of four game captains last week for the Crimson Tide's season-opening 48-7 victory over Kent State. [Read More]
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Listen to last night's episode of Alabama football coach Nick Saban's call-in radio show from the Buffalo Wild Wings in Tuscaloosa. [Read More]
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Auburn University President Jay Gogue said Thursday he would not be bothered if Auburn shifted to the SEC East as conference realignment plays out. “If that's what it took, if you ever went to 14 (SEC members) and needed to make it work, that wouldn't be something I would be upset about,” Gogue said. “I don't see any real difference. We already play Georgia, a longtime rival.” [Read More]
The offense may have shown some need for tweaking (four turnovers by the Tide last week, against a better opponent might have netted a different outcome), but the defense looks every bit as good as advertised.
Penn State is still playing QB Roulette with their guys and that's causing some friction within the program. Add to that, Joe Pa's drama of where he'll coach from, and for how long, and you have a team that isn't exactly looking prepared or focused coming into this game.
The Lady's Pick: Alabama
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Just one day before kickoff, and all the talk in the Keystone State is not about No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 23 Penn State. In fact, most of the chatter is about travel. Due to heavy rains throughout the state, some roads the State College, Pennsylvania, have been reported to be impassable prompting fans to search for alternate routes to Beaver Stadium. [Read More]
The old man has been saying he “had my fingers crossed” he could coach from the sidelines Saturday. It seems unlikely. Some wise voices “probably would say, 'Hey, you're taking too big a risk, you've got to you don't move well enough to get out of the way.' ” Paterno said. [Read More]
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – This is a rare road trip to a Big Ten Conference school for Alabama. How rare? It's been 83 years since a Big Ten school has played host to Alabama since 1928. Coach Wallace Wade took a Crimson Tide team with a 3-1 record to Wisconsin, where it lost 15-0 on Nov. 3, 1928. [Read More]