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The Jumbo Package: 09-09-10

Lots of links this morning kids, so get to clicking.

Saban: Ingram 'probably not' to play vs. PSU |

"He's probably not going to be ready to play this week," Saban said. "He might be ready by the game, but he won't be able to practice enough to be ready. But I think after that, maybe we have a chance to get him back if he continues to progress."

PSU running back down to 218 pounds |

Joe Paterno had much less of an issue with Evan Royster’s weight this week than he did last week.

"I don’t think he’s overweight now," Paterno said Tuesday of a senior tailback he had described as "a little heavy" last week. "He’s down (to) about 218 (pounds). And now the weight problem is not one of his ability to do some things. It’s about his stamina."

Penn State embraces underdog role - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

It's kind of weird being the hunted now, isn't it?

"I think back to 2008, we were favorites in almost every game we played," said Wisniewski, Penn State's All-Big Ten senior guard. "It's certainly different to be No. 19 going to play No. 1. But at the same time, we embrace that."

The Associated Press: Alabama-PSU rivalry has produced classic moments

"I can't speak for everybody on the team, but I really feel like I appreciate the history of the game," said (Barrett) Jones, born on May 25, 1990. "I feel like this is really something special. You go into an old Alabama restaurant — which there are many of them across the state — and you see old games playing. And a lot of times you see Alabama-Penn State, and it's great to be a part of that rivalry.

"Maybe one day they'll be showing our Alabama-Penn State (game) on the TVs."

Let's hope they're showing it for epic beatdown reasons, not because we need a last minute goal line stand or blocked kick or what have you.

'Bama a much stiffer test for No. 18 Penn State - College football-

"We're going to play before 100,000 fans with a freshman who has never really been in that kind of situation, so it's going to be an interesting afternoon, but hey, that's what it's all about," Paterno said.

Tide look forward to renewed rivalry |

Benny Perrin was a freshman on that national championship winning team who played Penn State twice and remembers just how big the rivalry — which Alabama leads 8-5 — once was.

"You can tell the young kids, the old guys, we don’t take too lightly to Penn State," said Perrin who owns a sports bar in Decatur. "We’d treat them just like LSU or Auburn."

Paterno focuses on the present | Montgomery Advertiser

"I don't want to talk about Bryant," Paterno said. "Really, I don't think that's fair to the kids playing the game today. There are so many stories I could tell. I just don't want to get into them."Penn State is playing Alabama and there's a bunch of kids who don't even know anything about it. Why even get into it?"

Joe Paterno Presser Highlights: Alabama - Black Shoe Diaries

Alabama Crimson Tide Team Preview - Black Shoe Diaries

Like waiting on the birth of your first child, the Penn State - Alabama game is finally upon us and we've only had to wait seven extra years.

Around the SEC West: Week One - Red Cup Rebellion

It's scary to me that Eddie Lacy, Alabama's third or fourth-string halfback, ran for 111 yards in their opener versus San Jose State. What a testament to Bama's offensive line. Alabama crushed San Jose State 48-3, and you wouldn't have known that their defense lost nearly everyone from a year ago. The Crimson Tide allowed just 175 yards of total offense. If for some reason you weren't scared before, you have plenty of time to get scared before our Rebels head to Tuscaloosa

Alabama's test on Saturday won't be on history |

"To most of our players, I think they have a tremendous amount of respect for Penn State based on their great program they've had in their lifetime, whether they've played Alabama or not," (Saban) said. "We're looking forward, not in the rearview mirror."

Saban, Paterno square off again |

"One thing when you play Joe Paterno-coached teams, which we have some experience doing, they do a great job of executing. They don’t give you much," Saban said. "They really kind of win on effort, toughness, execution and discipline. I don’t think this team is any different."

Winning was a theme for Kenny Stabler |

"There's been some common threads that have run through my entire career," he said. "Starting in high school (under coach Ivan Jones), going to coach (Bear) Bryant at Alabama and then playing for John Madden for the Oakland Raiders for 10 years and Bum Phillips in Houston. No matter what level I played on, starting in high school, I always had a great supporting cast of players, a great team to be a part of."