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Alabama's C.J. Mosley falls short in Bronko Nagurski Award voting | AL.com

Mosley won the Butkus Award on Sunday night. He's also headed to Houston for the Lombardi Award and Orlando later in the week for the Home Depot Awards Ceremony for the Chuck Bednarik Award presentation.

He'll be joined in Orlando by quarterback AJ McCarron who is up for the Maxwell Award and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. Mosley's 102 tackles leads the team by a margin of 41 over Landon Collins' second-best total. He also has a team-high nine tackles for loss, eight quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

Something else was lost when Alabama fell to Auburn two weeks ago, C.J. winning every defensive award imaginable for a linebacker. #teamofdestiny

Florida State faces huge challenge in defeating SEC in title game - Tomahawk Nation

The line is set at SEC -29.5, but Paul Finebaum and Clay Travis have both indicated that this line is clearly too low and have openly pushed for scrapping the BCS National Championship in lieu of a repeat Iron Bowl to decide the national champion.

There is absolutely no sarcasm in this post, none at all. Wanna know the funniest part of this bit of satire? FSU fans think they'd still beat an all-SEC team.

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Mock College Football Playoff 2013 - Team Speed Kills

Here it is, what the College Football Playoff would look like if we had it this year.

I think college football fans would be happy with this set up. Alabama would get it's shot at redemption and Sparty gets destroyed by FSU.

SEC Sound Bytes: Miles deflects, Franklin gets peppy and Spurrier talks about special pants | AL.com

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen needed to get the Bulldogs' mojo working to become bowl-eligible: After consecutive losses to South Carolina, Texas A&M and Alabama, Mississippi State beat Arkansas and Ole Miss in overtime to reach that magic 6-6 mark.

Apparently, winning your last two games, just to find yourself 6-6, is good enough to keep your job forever in Starkville. Congrats MSU, you are the new/old Ole Miss.

Oregon fans split on not playing Alabama in Sugar Bowl: 'Would've been spanked' | AL.com

"Yes, they did miss out on the game everybody has wanted to see the past two years."

I have to agree with them on this, everyone wanted to see Alabama-Oregon. But honestly, after all the trash talking the Big 12 did about the SEC this past season, I'm going to enjoy watching Saban put his size 7 shoe up Stoop's arse.

2013 BCS Bowl Projections | Oklahoma Expected To Face Alabama In The Sugar Bowl - Crimson And Cream Machine

Everyone had already conceded Bama's third consecutive national championship before they fell victim to an apparent team of destiny in that unforgettable Iron Bowl game. Maybe Alabama comes out flat having lost the chance to play for another national championship and with who knows how many players planning their NFL futures.

Or maybe Saban, being the ruthless tactician that he is, has them ready and raring to go and Bob Stoops & co. have the unenviable task of having to game plan for a team that would still be favored over Florida State or Auburn in a hypothetical championship game match-up.

I honestly think it's about 50/50 on how this team responds. I don't quite think we'll have a repeat of the 2009 Sugar Bowl against Utah, but don't  be surprised if the team comes out a little flat. I'm hoping Bama plays pissed and on a mission but that really wouldn't be this teams' M.O. #Sadface

Four-star CB Kalvaraz Bessent flips from Alabama to Auburn | AL.com

Bessent (6-0, 170) initially committed to Alabama in Feburary, picking the Crimson Tide over Florida. But he was reportedly on the field with the fans celebrating at the end of the Iron Bowl in Auburn, and according to 247Sports, the Tigers were selling him on the early playing time he could see on the Plains.

Bessent's flip now leaves Alabama with no cornerbacks in its 2014 recruiting class, making it even more critical that the Tide land their top cornerback target, Hoover five-star Marlon Humphrey, or one of the other five-star corners they're still recruiting, Jalen Tabor or Tony Brown

As some pointed out yesterday, this flip wasn't that big of a surprise but it does leave the staff at a bit of a quandary. At this point, landing Humphrey is a must and snagging either Tabor or Brown would be much needed security moving forward. We have a ton of young, talented corners on our roster but after this year we've learned you can never have enough.

Let's also not forget Alabama is still in play for Elam. Should be a fun two months leading up to National Signing Day.

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