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Why didn't I become a male cheerleader?
Why didn't I become a male cheerleader?
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Nick Saban updates injury status of Alabama LT Cam Robinson |

Saban's estimated timetable likely means Alabama will be without Robinson when it faces LSU on Nov. 8 in Baton Rouge. Robinson, a five-star prospect and considered one of the nation's best freshman offensive lineman, hails from West Monroe, Louisiana. On Sunday, Robinson posted a photo of himself on Twitter at the start of Saturday's game with the caption "minor set back."

This was posted in the JP comments yesterday but here it is again for anyone who missed it.

Old BCS formula would favor Alabama, Auburn on Week 1 of playoff rankings |

The Crimson Tide (7-1) would be No. 3 and Auburn (6-1) fourth behind top-ranked Mississippi State and No. 2 Florida State. Oregon was a distant fifth followed by Ole Miss at sixth.

I still don't understand why they didn't just keep the BCS formula, which seemed to get the top four teams right more often than not, and just pick those top 4 at the end of the season. Or have the committee's votes be a part of the BCS formula. Seems to me this whole playoff committee will be no better than the BCS and in some ways even more controversial because bias will more than likely play a pivotal role.

On that note, given that tonight we see the first CFB Playoff rankings, who would be your top four teams at this point in the season? And what criteria did you use to rank those teams?

Alabama Crimson Tide boosters pay off coach Nick Saban's home - ESPN

"According to a report from, the Crimson Tide Foundation paid off Saban's $3.1 million home in January 2013 even though the organization was under no obligation to do so. The Sabans, who bought the 8,759-square-foot home in 2007, continue living there with the foundation picking up the tab for property taxes each year.

"It's not all that unusual in the world for universities to provide the housing," Scott Phelps, assistant secretary of the foundation, told, noting how the University of Alabama also owned the home of Paul "Bear" Bryant and his family. "We want to keep him happy. We think he is the best coach in America."

emphasis mine.

Is that true? Do universities pay their coaches millions of dollars and also provide housing? And if the university doesn't, is it typical for the boosters to pick up the tab?

Why should Ole Miss still be ranked ahead of Alabama? Scoreboard, baby |

On Oct. 4, the final scoreboard in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss., looked like this: Ole Miss 23, Alabama 17.

Don't click the link because this is a Scarbinsky article, but I wanted to get everyone's thoughts on this. Both Bama and Ole Miss have a loss on the road but Ole Miss has the win against Bama...So wouldn't it make sense to rank the Rebs ahead of Bama based on the head-to-head match up? If we are going by a week to week review, the gump in me says Bama is a TD better than Ole Miss on a neutral field and maybe 10-14 pts better at home, but it's hard to just gloss over that loss in Oxford.

What say you?

Alabama football players celebrate 8th straight win over Tennessee with victory cigars |

After Alabama's 34-20 win over Tennessee on Saturday, the Crimson Tide's eighth straight in the series, players took to social media to share in the delight of victory cigars. Here are some highlights:

Total Quarterback Rating - College Football - ESPN

Check out's College Football Total Quarterback Rating.

Take a look who is ranked #1.

Preseason Ken Pomeroy Ratings Has Only Two SEC Teams In His Top 25 - Team Speed Kills

Here's the complete SEC preseason rankings:

Kentucky 2

Florida 7

Arkansas 44

Georgia 48

Alabama 58

Tennessee 61

Texas A&M 68

LSU 73

Mississippi St. 83

South Carolina 87

Ole Miss 88

Vanderbilt 91

Missouri 98

Auburn 137

LOL @ Auburn

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2014 NCAA S&P+ RATINGS, DEFENSE

2014 NCAA S&P+ RATINGS, DEFENSE Alabama #4

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2014 NCAA S&P+ RATINGS, OFFENSE

2014 NCAA S&P+ RATINGS, OFFENSE Alabama #1

I don't mean to steal SaxonRBR's thunder here but take a look at Bama's S&P ratings for offense and defense...Not too shabby.