November 20, 2014 |
MISSISSIPPI STATE, which had been No. 1 in the first three College Football Playoff polls, finally lost on Saturday at Alabama. So you figured there would be some movement in Week 4. And there was. Alabama moved up from fifth to the top spot. It's the first time the Crimson Tide has been in the first four. MSU, meanwhile, slipped to fourth. Which means if the inaugural playoff started tomorrow, the Bulldogs would still be in. And that's all that really matters. Oregon and Florida State, the lone remaining major unbeatens unbeaten (sorry, Marshall)
September 19, 2014 |
SO WHAT DO we know about this Alabama team, really? Well, it's taken three games, but, for starters, we can finally say that Blake Sims is the No. 1 quarterback for the third-ranked Crimson Tide. And you were thinking junior Jake Coker, who transferred in after graduating from Florida State in May, would be AJ McCarron's successor. The same guy who supposedly nearly beat out Jameis Winston for the FSU job in the spring of 2013. But Sims, a senior who was the backup the last two seasons after getting carries as a running back in 2011, apparently wasn't ready to accept that role forever.
December 1, 2013 |
DREXEL COACH Bruiser Flint made it clear to his team that he wasn't happy with just making an appearance in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. He thought the Dragons could win a game, or even two. It took an extra 15 minutes of basketball, but they proved him right with an 85-83 victory over Alabama last night in the third-place game. "We didn't come here just to be in the tournament. To be honest with you, I was a little disappointed about Wednesday night, and I explained that to these guys," Flint said, referring to the 64-62 semifinal loss to No. 4 Arizona in which Drexel held a 19-point lead.
November 27, 2013 |
ALABAMA AND AUBURN have played every year since 1948. They didn't meet for 4 decades before that because of disagreements about expenses and where the officials should come from. The State Legislature finally had to intervene. Nowadays one sicko fan poisoned a tree. You can't make either of those up. On Saturday, top-ranked Alabama makes the 90-minute drive to No. 4 Auburn, only the second time that both will be in the top five. In 1971, No. 3 Alabama rolled the No. 5 Tigers and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Pat Sullivan, 31-7, in Birmingham.
November 11, 2013 |
AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, T.J. Yeldon ran for 133 yards and two scores, and top-ranked Alabama overwhelmed No. 10 Louisiana State, 38-17, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday night. The Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 SEC) turned to power football to take control of a game that was tied early in the third quarter. Yeldon carried 18 times in the second half, 25 overall, after catching the game-winning touchdown pass in last season's meeting with the Tigers (7-3, 3-3). Alabama scored the final 21 points to brush aside LSU. McCarron was a workmanlike 14-of-20 passing for 179 yards, letting Yeldon, Kenyan Drake and their blockers assert control.
September 13, 2013 |
IT'S FINALLY here. Alabama at Texas A&M, the rematch. The defending national champions, who haven't lost a road game since November 2010, going to College Station to take on Johnny Football, the first freshman to win a Heisman Trophy, who basically won it by beating the Crimson Tide, 29-24, last November in Tuscaloosa. About the only thing missing is prime time. This one's at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, which feels like some kind of oversight. The Tide, of course, is trying to win a ring for the fourth time in 5 years, and third straight.
August 6, 2013 |
EAGLES COACH Chip Kelly is no stranger to open competitions among players. He is also a fan of fast-paced, hard-working players who want to make the most of every opportunity. After joining the Eagles as an undrafted free agent following April's draft, defensive lineman Damion Square has risen to being a candidate for the starting nose tackle position. The 6-2, 293-pounder from Alabama feels ready for any opportunity after playing under Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, who also used the 3-4 defense.
March 18, 2013 |
SAINT JOSEPH'S will play St. John's in an NIT game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hagan Arena. It is the second consecutive postseason for the Hawks (18-13). Saint Joseph's, the fourth seed, lost in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals to VCU. St. John's (16-15) is the fifth seed. The game will be on ESPNU. The winner plays the winner of Virginia-Norfolk State. Defending national champion Kentucky headlines the list of teams set to compete in this year's NIT. The Wildcats aren't the only SEC team snubbed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee.
January 10, 2013 |
THE STAR of the Alabama-Notre Dame national title game wasn't wearing a helmet or shoulder pads. She was sitting in the stands cheering for her boyfriend, AJ McCarron, who quarterbacked the Crimson Tide to a 42-14 win over the Irish. When ESPN showed Katherine Webb - aka Miss Alabama USA 2012 - sitting next to McCarron's mom during the first quarter it created a tsunami-like wave of reaction. According to reports, the number of Webb's Twitter followers jumped from about 2,200 to over 160,000.
January 9, 2013 |
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - It didn't take long for Alabama coach Nick Saban to turn his thoughts to next season. Maybe he let the Gatorade dry from the celebratory drenching first. Maybe. "The team next year is 0-0," Saban said Tuesday morning. "Even though I really appreciate what this team accomplished and am very, very proud of what they accomplished, we need to prepare for the challenges of the new season very quickly with the team we have coming back. " Apparently, the coach's 24-hour celebration rule applies mostly to players.