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Um, yeah, I'm not afraid to admit I know very little about CSU other than their head coach is Jim McElwain. I do know they are 1-2 with the two losses coming to Colorado and Tulsa. I know they aren't very good. I know the line is 38ish and Alabama will probably win about 25 (Saban won't run it up on Jim).

Outside of that I'm at a loss...

Grayson throws career-high game in Rams’ first win |

But on Saturday the Rams did what was expected of them for the first time all season; the won.

That win came against Cal Poly who lost to Fresno St 41-25...Not exactly a signature win for McElwain but I'm sure he'll take it.

Colorado State wants to see where it stands against No. 1 Alabama | The Coloradoan |

"One of the things I know from being there is there is no letdown," McElwain said. "… It didn't ever matter who the opponent was, because the important thing was how do you move forward? How do you get better? How do you perfect your craft. These guys are going to come out ready to roll. McElwain isn't conceding a loss. He simply was pointing out one of the strengths of an Alabama program that has won two straight national championships and three of the past four.

This may be true but I wouldn't be surprised to see 'Bama come out flat in this game, especially early. We struggled last year at times against weaker competition and unfortunately that has become a bit of an M.O. for Saban led Alabama teams.

Saturday was an emotional roller-coaster and we are banged up at DB, which means young players will get a chance to see live action. I'd be happy with a 25 point victory and no injuries.


Alabama football: Tide's identity starting to form | The Montgomery Advertiser |

“If you want to be a true great defense, we gave up too much,” Sunseri said. “We played our hearts out, but let too many big plays go to the offense. That’s not saying anything against them. We just expect to be better.”

Vinnie gets it. There's no doubt in my mind the defense played their hearts out and left everything out on the field but at times effort isn't enough. When you are physically outmatched, as our DB's were against Evans, technique becomes your most important asset. We have talent at CB they just need to play with better technique and do the little things right.

Saban will get their mind's right. Trust the Process.

Alabama beats Texas A&M: Football in past, present, and future tense -

It was starting to annoy me after a while. Manziel's lobs to Evans were well-thrown, to be sure, but they were still the easy part. Evans' positioning and hands were impeccable, and it felt unfair that the general reaction following Evans' receptions, especially online, was basically "Johnny Football! Amazing!!!" That this was the go-to reaction after Evans caught the fourth-quarter lob, stiff-armed his defender, and outran safety help to the end zone was particularly frustrating. Evans was quite possibly the best player on the field on Saturday, considering his position, and you don't gain 628 yards on Alabama with just a good quarterback.

(That, and the signature play of the first half -- Manziel's greased-pig mini-Hail Mary -- was one of the dumbest plays I've ever seen from Manziel. He owed Edward Pope a steak dinner for bailing him out on that one. And he also owed karma, which would find its retribution when he overthrew a fade route at the goal line, and it was picked off by Cyrus Jones.)

Fantastic breakdown of the game by Bill Connelly. He pretty much echos everything Slice, Jtad and I said in the podcast that'll be posted later today (you still need to listen to it though) and makes some excellent points about our defensive backs and what they'll face the rest of the year. Hint — no one like JFF or Evans

RECRUITING: Recruits enjoy watching Alabama's win over Texas A&M |

Shaun Dion Hamilton, a Rivals100 linebacker and Alabama commitment from Carver High in Montgomery, is hoping those key defensive back targets join his recruiting class. “It was a great game,” Hamilton said. “The team played good. We just have to eliminate big plays. We have to get some bigger cornerbacks. This year we have to get Humphrey and Tabor.”

I love how recruits use words like "We" when talking about Alabama. Guess we don't have to worry about these guys flipping late in the year.

Oregon fans want Alabama? Careful what you wish for (Kevin Scarbinsky) |

One SEC sparring partner already was down for the count before halftime, and Oregon fans, tired of toying with Tennessee, were ready to take on the heavyweight champ. “We want Bama!” they roared. “We want Bama!” Careful what you wish for would be the appropriate response, and besides, shouldn’t they worry about getting past Stanford first? Not to mention Washington and UCLA.

Nice little troll there by Scarbinsky...

Why am I not scared of Oregon like I was last year? Perhaps cause Chip Kelly is now with the Eagles? Maybe it's because I see A&M as the greater threat and they don't have Manziel? I'm told from people who cover the Pac-12 that Oregon has a better defense than A&M and their offense is even more dynamic. I concede that the defense is probably better (how could it be worse?) but the A&M offense poses mismatches that no one in college football can duplicate.

Alabama practice report: Tide back to normal routine after Texas A&M win |

- WR Kevin Norwood wore a black, non-contact jersey and worked off to the side. He was working with elastic bands. We're not sure what on Norwood is injured. He limped off the field late in the third quarter after a Kenyan Drake rush. Norwood underwent toe surgery during the offseason.

-- CB Deion Belue was also working off to the side and wearing a black jersey. Belue is dealing with a turf toe injury. Like Norwood, he's questionable for Saturday's game against Colorado State.

-- OG Anthony Steen wasn't spotted on the practice field, but a UA spokesman told reporters that he was dressed. Saban did not describe Steen's injury, but said he was probable for Saturday.

I wouldn't mind one bit if all three of these guys sat the bench against CSU and let some of the younger guys get reps. We'll certainly need Belue more next week when Ole Miss comes to town than against Colorado State this Saturday.

Alabama's tight ends, H-backs thrive against Texas A&M, gain confidence through experience |

Just one month ago, this was one of the least stable position groups on Alabama's roster. Now, it could be viewed as one of the offense's more pleasant surprises two games into the year. "It helps us a bunch," quarterback AJ McCarron said. "Just to be able to expand and get in different personnel and still throw the ball. It helped our running game a bunch. They really played a very good game."

Great read about the progression of the TE and HB position so far this season. Fowler still needs to gain some confidence as a blocker but he does add versatility to the HB position we haven't seen in some time. Greene is basically just another O-lineman but it would be nice to see him get some catches, just so that defenses won't be able to key on the running game when he enters the line up.

The combo of Vogler and Howard adds a dimension to the offense that poses endless possibilities...I'm starting to gump about this offense, you guys.

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