The Sugar Bowl’s announced crowd of 54,178 for Florida-Louisville was the game’s worst since 1939 and the smallest ever for a BCS bowl. Through 30 of 35 bowl games, the average announced bowl attendance is 46,278, down 5 percent from 2011-12 and 8 percent from 2010-11 through those same games. In a rarity, the Sugar was outdrawn by the Outback, Music City, Holiday and Capital One bowls.
If Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn’t like the way the Bowl Championship Series is playing out, Florida coach Will Muschamp has a solution.
Florida tight end A.C. Leonard, who in April pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor battery stemming from a February altercation with his live-in girlfriend, is leaving the program, coach Will Muschamp said.
Florida is headed back to the College World Series.
Will Muschamp will be busy Saturday trying to help his Florida Gators beat Vanderbilt. But if he had the chance to watch the biggest game of the year in the SEC, Saturday’s LSU-Alabama showdown in Tuscaloosa, his focus wouldn’t be on superstars such as Tide running back Trent Richardson or LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Eddie Lacy and C.J. Mosley were both seen at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday night for Alabama’s 34-0 win over Vanderbilt. Neither one played as they both recover from injuries.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – How is sophomore AJ McCarron doing in his first season as Alabama's starting quarterback? In this video, he gets a glowing review from tackle Barrett Jones. [Source]
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – After running a career-high 29 times for a career-high 181 yards Saturday in a 38-10 victory at Florida, Alabama running back Trent Richardson ran off the field with a huge smile. He said it was one of his happiest moments ever. In this video, among other things, he talks about that and the fact that he is in the running for the Heisman Trophy.
TUSCALOOSA – It took a career-best performance on the road against a ranked team to do it, but consider the wheels on Trent Richardson’s Heisman Trophy candidacy officially greased. The University of Alabama junior’s chances at the coveted award got a boost last weekend from a 29-carry, 181-yard romp through the Swamp in Gainesville, Fla. And while Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck continues to be the national favorite for the honor, Richardson is quickly gaining the necessary attention to position himself for more votes.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama has lost just one game in October during Nick Saban’s five seasons with the Crimson Tide. On the field, Alabama was 14-1 in those five seasons including Saturday’s 38-10 win at then-No. 12 Florida. However, wins against Houston and Mississippi in 2007 were vacated after what is more commonly known as the Alabama “text book case,” which penalized 16 teams at Alabama after student-athletes obtained free text books for other students.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Whether Alabama running back Eddie Lacy will play Saturday night against Vanderbilt remains unclear. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban was asked by a fan during his weekly radio show Thursday night at Buffalo Wild Wings what kind of impact Lacy would have during the Vanderbilt game. Lacy is coping with a sore foot, and was limited to 5 carries for 32 yards and a touchdown in a 38-10 win at Florida.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama left tackle Barrett Jones says AJ McCarron is fearless. After being a victim of a roughing-the-passer penalty Saturday in a 38-10 victory at Florida, the Crimson Tide’s sophomore quarterback seemed to want to go after Dominique Easley, the Gators’ defensive lineman. In this video, Jones talks about keeping an eye on that situation. Jones also talks about being hugged on the sidelines by McCarron and more.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Like last season, Alabama has won its first five games. But Week Six was where the Crimson Tide started to struggle in 2010. It lost at South Carolina and went on to lose two more regular-season games. Nico Johnson remembers. The 35-21 loss to the Gamecocks was the junior linebacker’s first loss as an Alabama player. In this video, he talks about a chip on the shoulder. Among other things, he also talks about what it was like in the Tide’s locker room last Saturday following a 38-10 victory at Florida.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama and Florida were tied at 10-10 Saturday when Courtney Upshaw changed the game. The senior outside linebacker intercepted a pass by John Brantley and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter. Shortly before halftime, Upshaw sacked Brantley and knocked him out of the game. In this video, Upshaw discusses his interception. He is asked where his latest performance ranks in his college career. (It isn’t in the top two or three.) This isn’t all Upshaw had to say after Wednesday’s practice. Look for another video on Friday.