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Alabama practice report: Injured starters see increased action on chilly afternoon |

Wide receiver DeAndrew White (hamstring) was also limited, but appeared to be increasing his workload compared to Tuesday. There's no need to rush things this week.

Again, it's hard to tell how Adam Griffith is doing in practice. The kickers aren't too active in the media viewing window. He, along with Yeldon and White, were the three Nick Saban said would be limited this week with nagging injuries.

For a second straight day, linebacker Dillon Lee looked fine practicing. He had to be helped off the field in each of the last two games.

Rewinding Nick Saban's thoughts on Cam Sims, Amari Cooper's 1st impression and more |

On Amari Cooper: Saban said Cooper came to his summer camp before senior year. He was the "most impressive" to Saban because of his quickness, change of direction, speed, hands, hard worker. "I walked away from that camp saying this may be the best receiver we've had in these camps."

Saban said he's tried to call Will Muschamp this week a couple of times but Muschamp has been busy. "I don't care what's happened and their circumstance; he did a really good job in my opinion of making that program better ... I know he'll do well wherever he decides to go."

Alabama CB Cyrus Jones knows his size isn't scaring WRs, earns respect with 'scrappy' play |

Jones leads the Crimson Tide with 10 passes defended with eight more broken up. As the most consistent performer among Alabama's cornerbacks, Jones is used to facing bigger receivers. Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell was four inches taller while Mississippi State's De'Runnya Wilson had seven inches on Jones. He makes up for it by not backing down at the line of scrimmage.

"They probably just looked at my size and thought they could manhandle me and push me around, but that's something I pride myself on, just being physical," Jones said. "I think when you are my size or smaller that you definitely have to be even more physical than somebody that's big because you're really not intimidating anybody with your size. It's just coming out there and trying to be scrappy, especially with the bigger receivers."

Jones is the comeback player of the year.  Gotta love how this kid has competed.

Countdown to Auburn at Alabama: Opposite directions -

Alabama storyline: The Tide have lost a game every season since running the table in 2009. It didn't stop them from claiming a national title in 2011 or 2012, and for all the worry over the defeat in Oxford and the multiple close calls since -- how precious do the escapes from Arkansas and LSU look now? -- one won't be enough to stop them in 2014, either. With both LSU and Mississippi State behind them and Auburn in disarray, a potential SEC Championship Game against Georgia looks likely to be the Tide's biggest hurdle between now and the playoff; given the fright the Bulldogs put into the Tide the last time the teams met in Atlanta, it's a safe assumption Alabama will be gently rooting for Missouri to win out and claim the East division's berth instead.

Regardless, the playoff berth and the right to play for a fourth national title in six seasons is unquestionably emerging on the horizon. Of course, that's the same point in 2013 at which the Tide -- and a more dominant week-in, week-out version of the Tide at that -- seemed to lose just enough focus to drop its final two games. That memory should be enough to keep the head rush of this week's No. 1 ranking from affecting the Tide's Iron Bowl performance, but no doubt it's something Saban will be watching for this week and next.

SEC Football Week 12 TV Schedule - Team Speed Kills

Ole Miss at Arkansas, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS There really isn't much competition for the Game of the Week this time around, but it'll be a fine game anyway. It's the Rebels' first real game after their crushing loss to Auburn. Will they bounce back and stay in the divisional race? As for Arkansas, can the Hogs continue to build on their breakthrough win from a week ago?

If you have yard work that needs doing, this is the weekend for it.  Even better idea - volunteer to give go Christmas shopping with your significant other, while saying "football can wait".  You sacrifice little and bank some major brownie points.

You're welcome.

Inside Read: After first domino, a look at all likely jobs on coaching carousel |

Jim McElwain, Colorado State: Too inexperienced for Florida, and Michigan just flopped with the hot Mountain West coach. McElwain has a buyout of $7.5 million, and there doesn’t appear to be an obvious fit now, but things could change. A Montana native, McElwain likes it out West, but no Pac-12 jobs are expected to open.

Marcus Mariota's speeding ticket and John Swofford's push for eight teams are in the 3-point stance - ESPN

1. ACC commissioner John Swofford broke from the party line Wednesday and declared his personal support for an eight-team playoff, laying responsibility for the 12-year, four-team playoff at the feet of the presidents. Swofford said the presidents don't want a two-semester sport. That sets up the obvious trade: Swap the conference championship games for the quarterfinals. An additional playoff round would recoup the money the conferences give up. It's also addition by subtraction. No championship games means one more bye week. That should keep players healthier. And that's how the proponents of the eight-team format should sell it.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  We're 3/4 into the FIRST YEAR of a supposed 12 year deal, and we have a commissioner already floating the idea of expanding the playoff to 8 teams?!?

Which Week 13 games have playoff implications? More #DearAndy |

This next one won’t affect the committee’s opinion, but it could produce a less-than-ideal matchup for a contender. If North Carolina beats Duke on Thursday, Georgia Tech would win the ACC Coastal Division. That would mean Florida State would have to play three consecutive inside-the-tackles, run-heavy offenses (Miami, Boston College and Florida) before having a week to prepare for an option team in the ACC championship. This would definitely fall under writer Bruce Feldman’s Body Blow Theory, which posits that teams playing a week after facing power-running foes are at an automatic disadvantage. The Seminoles have to face three such teams in a row. Adding an option team behind that trio would be brutal for Florida State’s front seven. The 'Noles would much rather Duke beat North Carolina and Wake Forest and win the Coastal. That would offer a much better matchup after three weeks of pounding.


Marcus Luttrell speech to the Crimson Tide (MUST WATCH)

Nick Saban Wednesday press conference

Wednesday practice footage (linebackers, offensive line)

Christion Jones (wide receiver) interview

Cyrus Jones (cornerback) interview