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Alabama

Cheering on the Tide: Alabama's cheerleaders rev up the crowd against Arkansas (photos) | AL.com

Photos - Alabama's cheerleaders pull for the Tide Saturday

Because...why not?

Nick Saban not happy with tackling against Arkansas ground game, thought Tide controlled line | AL.com

"Well, they are a good running team and they have some really good backs," Saban said. "We missed a lot of tackles out there. Some of it was not good tackling, but some of it was really good running on their part, making guys miss. But I thought our guys played physical on the line of scrimmage. I thought we were soft on a few runs. I thought we did a good job of adjusting to formations.

It wasn't just the 2nd team that missed some tackles, though it did seem more prevalent in the 4th quarter. Arkansas' Collins is a heck of a back and will be making many a SEC defender miss over the next 2-3 seasons but Saban has a point, even if it does come in the wake of a 52-0 shutout win...When LSU comes to town, Bama can't afford to play soft against the run or miss any tackles against Jeremy Hill and that big LSU offensive line.

No. 1 Alabama a big favorite over Tennessee; 4th straight week Tide favored by 4 TDs or more | AL.com

For the third consecutive week, the Crimson Tide is favored by four touchdowns. Alabama is officially a 28-point favorite over Tennessee, which it will host Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama cleared the 27-28 point spreads it faced against Kentucky and Arkansas with points to spare. If recent history repeats itself at Saturday's mid-afternoon game, the Crimson Tide will keep that trend rolling against the Vols.

Interesting that USCe defeats Arkansas 52-7 and then goes on the road and loses to Tennessee by a field goal. Alabama is obviously a much better team than South Carolina and this is a home game for the Tide but let's hope we don't suffer the same fate.

Statistically speaking: After 2nd shutout of season, Alabama's scoring defense best in nation | AL.com

The team that allowed 42 points to Texas A&M is surrendering an average of fewer than 10 points per game. Alabama's other six opponents have scored a combined 26 points.

I'll have my weekly stat post up later this week but I wanted to throw out one additional tid bit...

Since Sept. 14th, the Alabama defense has only given up 16 points...total.

INSTANT REPLAY: Drake's touchdown run | TuscaloosaNews.com

The situation Already leading 14-0, Alabama was on the move again in the second quarter. It was the Crimson Tide’s fourth drive of the game. On the fifth play of the drive, sophomore running back Kenyan Drake took a first-down carry 46 yards for the score. What happened..

Interesting film breakdown of Kenyan Drake's 46 yard TD run..

Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix issues Twitter apology for two-game suspension | TuscaloosaNews.com

Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix apologized on Twitter on Sunday for accepting a loan from a former strength and conditioning coach that forced him to sit out two games. "I just want to apologize to my family, teammates, university and fans for the mistake I made during the summer and I have learned from it," Clinton-Dix tweeted on Sunday afternoon.

Humility is man's finest quality. Good on you, Ha Ha.

The Crimson White | Taylor urges students to stay 4 quarters

Alabama students started filing out of Bryant-Denny Stadium just before halftime of the No. 1 Crimson Tide’s 52-0 win over Arkansas Saturday, despite an email from SGA president Jimmy Taylor urging organizations with block seating not to do so. Taylor sent an email on Thursday to leaders of organizations with block seating privileges stating there could be consequences if their members left the game early and reminding them of an agreement they signed to stay for all four quarters.

"I am sending this e-mail to remind you to ask each of your organization members to stay for all four quarters of the Crimson Tide football games," Taylor said in the email obtained by The Crimson White. "This is certainly important for all UA students, but organizations with reserved seating have signed an agreement to stay until the conclusion of the game."

I don't get it, y'all. Can someone who is currently a student at UA explain to me why this is happening? I can understand leaving mid-way through the 4th of a 52-0 game but at half-time? Seriously, people.

Tennessee and other stuff

Hope, belief, and the Tennessee Volunteers - Rocky Top Talk

But it was a significant moment, one for which we fans had waited four years and 19 tries. And it wasn't just a win over a ranked opponent by an unranked Tennessee team fighting to become relevant again in a league filled with national championship contenders. It really was something more.

How far has Tennessee and its fans fallen? They celebrated beating SOUTH CAROLINA as if they had just won the National Championship. I remember when beating USCe was akin to thumping Kentucky. Sure, USCe has improved greatly over the last ten years but oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Mock College Football Playoff, Week 9 - Team Speed Kills

The College Football Playoff is coming next year, and it might be a year too late. Between Alabama, Baylor, Florida State, Ohio State, and Oregon, there is an undefeated front runner in each major conference that will likely be favored in all of its remaining games. All five of those won't run the table, but three might.

Anarchy in the final year of the BCS was Loki's master plan all along. All we can do is sit back and hope his gaze is on the rest of college football and Alabama makes it to Pasadena unscathed.

2013 BCS Standings: Oregon Ducks 3rd after Week 8, just behind Florida State - Addicted To Quack

While many Duck fans will PANIC at this news, today's standings confirm what we've suspected for a while. If Oregon wins out, it will be nearly assured that they'll pass Florida State and play in the BCS Championship game. Oregon is a strong #2 in the polls, and have room to improve in the computers. The Pac-12 is strong this year, and the Ducks have one of the toughest remaining schedules remaining in the country. They will move up to 3rd at worst, and every point they close over FSU will give the Ducks an edge

As y'all well know I'm not a fan of FSU, mainly due to their fans. I have seen so many "WE'RE #2! WE'RE #2" facebook statuses over the last 12 hours my head is about to explode. I am praying that FSU finishes the year undefeated but Oregon jumps them in the final poll, causing complete Seminole meltdown in the process.

THIS IS WHY WE HOODOO.

Tennessee Hate For The Day

I hate country music because Nashville is located in the state of Tennessee. I also think Elvis Presley is the king of douches because, though he was born in Mississippi, his "home" was in Memphis.


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