In some ways I relish the game against LSU more than any other rivalry lately. I don’t know if it’s the fact that LSU has (on average) been so much better than Auburn and Tennessee has been over the last couple years, making the game more interesting. Or is it that I just enjoy watching the physicality of this game. In terms of high impact, smash mouth football; the LSU game has been right up there with the Iron Bowl recently. There is no doubt about that. Why hasn’t this game with LSU been given a nickname like the Iron Bowl or the Third Saturday in October? What should it be called?
Alabama running back Trent Richardson rushed for 203 yards and added a 5-yard touchdown catch. Here he broke off a powerful 57-yard run in the fourth quarter which led to Alabama’s final touchdown in this Iron Bowl victory. ROLL TIDE!
Alabama shut down Auburn in this edition of Iron Bowl rivalry. Auburn did manage to score 2 touchdowns from a fumble recovery and kick return. Other then that Auburn really brought nothing to the table this year. See you next year! ROLL TIDE!
A couple of Crimson Tide players were informed that Auburn players said they hated Alabama during interviews this week. So how do Alabama players feel about Auburn? “I strongly dislike Auburn,” Hightower said. “I don’t want to say I hate ‘em, but I’m definitely hyped up to play against these guys. Every year it’s always been a real good game. Those guys have been on a roll. … We’re just gonna have to come in and play our game.”
An Auburn player used the “h” word today to express his feelings toward the Crimson Tide. “I’m not even from Alabama, and being here for just one year, I hate Alabama,” Corey Lemonier said. So naturally Alabama players were asked tonight if they hate Auburn. “You know, hate’s a strong word,” Tide’s Dont’a Hightower says, “but I strongly dislike Auburn. I don’t want to say I hate them, but I’m definitely hyped up to play against these guys.”
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – If ever again the words “Never Again” are heard after Saturday in and around the Alabama football complex, somebody might scream. The biggest screamer of them all, strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran, might damage his sturdy vocal chords. The two words have resonated like no other words used to motivate an Alabama football team. They are a two-word pledge to a settle a painful score.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Did you think Nick Saban was just blowing off steam when he ranted Saturday that he didn’t care about the BCS? He came up with a new way Monday to put blinders on his players to black out the big picture. “I’m gonna tell the team,” he said at his weekly press conference. “If they want to watch the LSU-Arkansas game (Friday), turn it off and go watch some Auburn film.” It sounded more like an order than a suggestion.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Nick Saban cut off the questions before they could be asked. That’s often the way Alabama’s fifth-year coach handles hot topics, in this case the fallout from the BCS Standings.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The brief media viewing period was enough time to confirm what Nick Saban had told reporters at his weekly noon press conference – the Crimson Tide was getting some major components back for Monday’s practice. Barrett Jones, Josh Chapman, Jesse Williams and Darius Hanks all returned to practice Monday after being held out with injuries.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – No. 2 Alabama is holding a typical Monday practice today in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets as it begins preparation for the Iron Bowl. No. 24 Auburn (7-4, 4-3 SEC) plays host to the Crimson Tide (10-1, 6-1 SEC) at 2:30 p.m. CST Saturday in a game that will be televised by CBS.
Several key players returned to practice Monday in preparation for the Tigers. Back at left tackle was junior Barrett Jones, who missed the past two games with an ankle injury. Nose guard Josh Chapman was back with the defensive lineman after resting a season-long knee injury last week sitting out the Tide’s 45-21 win over Georgia Southern. Also working with the defensive lineman was end Jesse Williams, who was limited against the Eagles due to food poisoning. He also is recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered in a 24-7 win at Mississippi State on Nov. 12.
The second-ranked Alabama football team held a two-hour practice on Monday in shells at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields as it begins preparations for the 76th installment of the Iron Bowl against Auburn. The Crimson Tide and Tigers will meet on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium for a 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama was well represented on Monday with the announcement of the finalists for the awards handed out at the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8, in Orlando, Fla. Trent Richardson was named a finalist for the Maxwell Award and the Doak Walker Award, while left tackle Barrett Jones was selected as a finalist for the Outland Trophy. Mark Barron was tabbed as a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and Dont’a Hightower was selected as a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award.
Alabama preparation for its Saturday football game at Auburn can’t really stop for Thanksgiving, but it can pause a bit. Crimson Tide players who live within two hours of campus will have the opportunity to go home. Those who remain will have Thanksgiving with a coach and the coach’s family.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Nick Saban spoke with reporters Monday to preview Alabama and Auburn. The Crimson Tide travels to face the Tigers at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.