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Week 12: Monday Evening Quarterback: MSU-Texas A&M Edition - For Whom the Cowbell Tolls

The Good: Even though the Aggies are woeful on defense, the Bulldogs managed to rack up points and look good for the most part offensively.  The Bulldogs also held their own defensively against Texas A&M, which sounds insane when considering the Aggies picked up 51 points.

I'm not so sure that last statement makes any sense, however A&M put 42 on us...

Alabama Opens as **Slight** Favorite over Mississippi State - For Whom the Cowbell Tolls

BetOnline has Mississippi State listed as a 24.5-point underdog, and Bovada lists Alabama as a 25.5-point favorite. If you follow money lines, a $100 bet on a Bulldog victory would result in $1450 in winnings should the Bulldogs win. Can the Bulldogs beat the spread? They are 4-5 against it so far.

Is Alabama the new 'University of Nike'? |

The Wall Street Journal reports that the domain was registered anonymously on August 3 and began redirecting visitors to the University of Oregon's website. Today, the site redirects users to a different site: the University of Alabama's home page.

That has to be a NCAA secondary violation..

Option For Alabama Football Tickets To BCS Title Game 30% Cheaper Than Florida State. - Forbes

Despite the BCS shakeup this week in college football, prices for BCS National Championship tickets are relatively stable at an average price on the secondary market of $2,236.   After this weekend, the current projections have Alabama and Florida State facing off on January 6th in Pasadena.  While Alabama has remained a constant in the National Championship equation, the ticket market thinks that Florida State has the clearer path to a National Championship birth.

As of today, you can reserve a Florida State ticket to the BCS National Championship for $389.  The same reservation for Alabama tickets will cost $300.

Good lord. Y'all have fun in Pasadena cause I'll be watching from home..

The 1953 Orange Bowl: Alabama Football's Racial Dilemma - Football Study Hall

Prior to the 1950s, college football was ruled by what has come to be known as the "gentlemen's agreement." Although no policies or rules existed to enforce segregation in the sport, northern schools tacitly understood they would not use black players in games with southern schools.

Friend of the blog, , wrote a wonderful post about the 1953 Orange Bowl against Syracuse. Consider this a preemptive strike against the Showtime documentary that will be airing this weekend on the 1970 Bama-USC game.

SEC players of the week - ESPN

DEFENSE: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama Signal caller on Alabama defense, led team with 12 tackles - 7 solo. Also had 1.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups. Mosley is Tide's top tackler on season with 71 total stops. Was the personal protector on the fake punt who took the snap and handed it off to Jarrick Williams which resulted in a key first down and eventual touchdown on that drive.

What he didn't mention was the five interceptions Mosley dropped on Saturday night. I really hope they made C.J. run 10 stadiums for every dropped pick.

/sarcasm font

Speculation about Nick Saban's future indicates Alabama's program is 'gold standard,' Bill Battle writes |

"There has been much speculation this week about the possibility of Coach Saban leaving Alabama to become head coach at another school," Battle wrote. "While this talk does much to create distractions for our fans and the media, I can tell you in no uncertain terms that it has not affected the focus, determination and drive of our head coach, the coaching staff or the players in their preparation for this week's big game with LSU."

But he didn't say Nick Saban isn't leaving, PAWWWLLL

Alabama-LSU is 2nd most-watched game of the season on CBS, trailing only Tide-Aggies shootout |

Kentucky's Mark Stoops gives his take on '60 Minutes' segment with Nick Saban (video) |