It was a casual comment, the response to a question in one of the weekly computer chats that The Tuscaloosa News sports staff hosts on the tidesports.com website. On Tuesday night, someone asked my prediction for the upcoming Alabama-LSU game. I gave an honest answer. My mind was not made up at the time – picks aren’t due until Thursday – but at the time, I was leaning to LSU.
Zach Cunningham is one of the most productive defensive players in the state of Alabama. The Pinson Valley linebacker is putting together a great senior campaign. With several schools showing interest, Cunningham will have some thinking to do between now and signing day.
Joe Castiglione can give an insight into the current college football season that few can offer. As the athletic director at Oklahoma, he's watched his university's football team play Kansas State and Notre Dame this season, two of the teams – along with Alabama and Oregon – most prominent in the projections for the BCS national championship game. Only three teams have played at least two of those four unbeaten squads this season – Oklahoma, Michigan and Miami (Fla.). The Sooners lost to Kansas State 24-19 on Sept. 22 and to Notre Dame 30-13 on Saturday. Those are Oklahoma's only losses this season.
Like his football team, Alabama coach Nick Saban got his weekly radio show off to a good start and then finished strong Thursday night. Certainly that's the way he hopes things go at 7 p.m. CDT Saturday when his top-ranked Crimson Tide visits No. 5 LSU in the biggest game of the year, to date.