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Thursday Afternoon Links and Such

Jamar Taylor is looking to transfer to USF, apparently for family reasons, but I'm sure the crowded backfield situation is contributing to his decision to seek playing time elsewhere. From what we saw of him on A-Day, he's got great potential and I hate to see him go. Best of luck to both him and the Bulls.

And speaking of former (sort of) Alabama RBs and USF, Mike Ford, the ever ineligible recruit that switched his commitment to USF after the Shula firing, got the Bulls in the Fulmer Cup race yesterday for a contempt of court charge after ignoring three outstanding warrants. I bet all all you message board types who were fretting over whether he'd get in or not feel silly now, don't you? Don't you? That's what I thought.

Nick Saban isn't the only one who wants Alabama to play the Irish. Notre Dame fans are pretty keen on the idea, too.

Do yourself a favor and check out BON's Smart Football Series. Amazingly informative read on offensive strategery and schemes. I can't wait for Vol. 2.

Any mention of BON or the Texas Longhorns requires a picture of the Pom Squad.

Finally, ranks the 100 Greatest College Football Finishes, with "the Kick" coming in at #44:

No. 44 Alabama 25 ... Auburn 23, November 30, 1985
At the time: No. 7 Auburn was a solid 8-2 going against unranked, 7-2-1 Alabama in the 50th anniversary of the Iron Bowl. After starting off 4-0, Ray Perkins' Tide team lost two straight before going on a good run with only a tie against LSU breaking up a winning streak. The Tigers had won five of their previous six.

The setup: Two Bo Jackson touchdown runs, including a one-yard leap midway through the fourth quarter, helped match three field goals from Alabama's Van Tiffin to tie it at 16. Tiger kicker Chris Johnson missed the extra point after the second Jackson score, but Bama was called for too many men on the field allowing an extra chance, which Johnson hit, for a 17-16 lead. The Tide responded on the next drive with a 74-yard Gene Jelks touchdown run, but a missed two-point conversion made it only 22-17 with just under six minutes to play.

The ending: Auburn took the ensuing drive down to the Alabama one taking off every second of the clock possible. Reggie Ware pounded it in with less than a minute to play, but the two-point conversion was broken up by Alabama's Cornelius Bennett for a 23-22 Tiger lead. Alabama QB Mike Shula couldn't get the final drive going, taking a sack to put the ball on the Tide 12 with :37 to play. Eventually faced with 4th and 4, the Tide shocked the Auburn defense with a reverse for 20 yards leaving only :21 to play. Shula was able to find Greg Richardson across the middle, but he had to get out of bounds. He was barely able to do it, getting out at the Auburn 35 with six seconds to play. In came Tiffin for a 50-yard attempt and his fourth field goal of the game. He nailed it for a 25-23 win.

How they ended up: Auburn went to the Cotton Bowl where it lost 36-16 to Texas A&M to finish 8-4. Alabama went to the Aloha Bowl and beat USC 24-3 to finish 9-2-1.

Sadly, the 2000 Orange Bowl against Michigan is also in at #71, the '72 Iron Bowl (of Punt Bama Punt fame) is #85, and the '80 Mississippi State game (State snapped a 28 game win streak and the Tide fumbled away their last chance to score on the MSU 4), while conspicuous in their absence are The Goal Line Stand against Penn State, the '96 Iron Bowl (Kitchens to Riddle), and the '05 Tennessee game (The Hit, The Catch, The Kick), plus plenty of others that I'm not thinking of right now. So yeah, suck it Scout.

You better pass.