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Alabama Men's Basketball Falls to No. 14 Iowa State in CBE Hall of Fame Classic - ROLLTIDE.COM

Senior guard Rodney Cooper led the Tide with 27 points and added five rebounds to his stat line. "You have to give Iowa State credit," Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. "They are an awfully talented team. They have a great player in Georges Niang, he was virtually unstoppable tonight. I thought they had some other players stepped up and made some big-time plays for them down the stretch."

Cooper's 27 points came on 10-of-17 shooting from the field and 18 of his points came in the second half. It is Cooper's fourth 20-point game of his career and his first of the season. Senior guard Levi Randolph was the only other player in double digits with 18 points. Randolph was 5-of-5 from the free throw line and is now a perfect 25-of-25 from the free throw line for the year

A loss is still a loss but this early in the season, I would consider this a respectable loss.

#WaysBasketballIsDifferentThanFootball

College Football Playoff field down to eight contenders - ESPN

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher would rather grow arm-hair curtains than face Florida and Georgia Tech in back-to-back weeks.

Alabama's Nick Saban gets Auburn in the Iron Bowl this week and, if the Tide win, gets Missouri or Georgia in the SEC championship game. Fun.

Baylor's Art Briles has to make the short trip to Arlington for a matchup against Texas Tech, and then play Kansas State in the regular-season finale.

For coaches like TCU's Gary Patterson, there's no room for a slip-up at this point in the season. TCU's Gary Patterson has to travel to Austin to play the suddenly dangerous Texas Longhorns, followed by a home game against not-so-dangerous Iowa State.

Ohio State's Urban Meyer meets desperate Michigan at the Horseshoe, and then plays either Wisconsin or Minnesota in the Big Ten championship game.

Oregon's Mark Helfrich takes his team to Corvallis for the Civil War (Arizona State can tell Helfrich all about the Beavers), and then faces UCLA, Arizona or ASU in the Pac-12 championship game.

Mississippi State's Dan Mullen has to survive the Egg Bowl in Oxford, and then hope for the best (an Alabama loss to Auburn, which would mean the Bulldogs would face either Mizzou or UGA in the SEC championship game).

This is why you don't expand the playoffs to 8 games. The next two weeks matter and that is why college football is so great.

Case closed.

Alabama practice report: The latest on Tide's injured starters heading into Iron Bowl | AL.com

-- WR Amari Cooper (knee) was with the wide receivers and helping them through drills by simulating a pressing cornerback but he did not run any routes.

-- RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle/foot) appeared to be a full participant during the viewing session. Of note, Tyren Jones was not wearing a scout team jersey while Altee Tenpenny wore No. 44 (Cameron Artis-Payne).

-- OT Cam Robinson (ankle) was with his group, but Austin Shepherd was working with the first-team line at left tackle. Grant Hill was the first-team right tackle.

-- DL A'Shawn Robinson (knee) was jogging slowly behind the rest of the defensive line when they started drills on their portion of the field. He was limited in drills.

-- TE Brian Vogler (knee) and WR ArDarius Stewart (knee) both wore black non-contact jerseys and worked off to the side with trainers. Vogler appeared to have a heavy limp and both had big braces on their respective knees. Nick Saban said earlier today they were both the "most questionable" for Saturday's game.

Coop? TJ? Vog? CAM?? A'SHAWN???

Cocktails and Magnolia: 24 November 2014 - College and Magnolia

On the injury front, we really don't have any good news to report. Defensive-End DaVonte Lambert is likely out for the game after his injury on the first defensive play of the Samford game. WR Duke Williams is still being listed as day-to-day. I'm going to go out on a limb and bet that Duke plays. Lambert is pretty much a sure-thing for missing the game, though. This means we may see Adams or Gabe Wright kicked out to defensive end again at times.

Alabama players not seeking motivation from Kick 6 video; 'luck happens,' one says | AL.com

There were "never again" posters in the locker room after blowing a 24-point lead to Auburn in the 2010 Iron Bowl, but it sounds like Alabama's moving on from that technique. Starting right tackle Austin Shepherd said he "could really care less about last year," and how the Iron Bowl ended. "I just kind of moved on from last year," said Shepherd, who was on the field for Chris Davis' 100-yard field goal return. "A lot of people are lucky and they got lucky. Luck happens."

" Could really care less about last year,"

"A lot of people are lucky and they got lucky. Luck happens."

We are either getting set up for another epic Iron Bowl or Saturday will be a bloodletting with Bama winning by 100.

SEC Power Poll Ballot After the Games of Week 13 - Team Speed Kills

1. Alabama We all know how this ends: With Alabama winning a national championship 32-20 -- a deceptively narrow score -- over some hapless team that thought it had a chance. Because Nick Saban has to take the fun out of everything.

Hey, Alabama, stop disgracing yourself with that four-letter addition to Dixieland Delight | AL.com

You hear a vulgar and profane alteration. You hear these extra lyrics: "F... Auburn. And LSU. And Tennessee, too." What's the difference between using the Queen Mother of all four-letter words in that context and the one spewed out by some LSU fans at Saban? There is no difference. It's beyond rude, and it's wrong. What's worse, it's become a regular, choreographed part of Alabama home games.

Could SEC be left out of playoff if league champ has two losses? - CBSSports.com

The possibility of SEC Armageddon starts with the eventual Southeastern Conference champion having at least two losses. That possibility will go to the final day of the season (Dec. 6) because either Georgia or Missouri -- both 9-2 -- will win the East Division.

That's not an SEC Armageddon. I don't think any (or very many) SEC fans would be upset if a two loss SEC team got left out of the playoff.

Paul Finebaum to host live show during Iron Bowl on SEC Network, will include callers | AL.com

He'll be hosting an in-game version of his radio show called Finebaum Film Room: Iron Bowl Live during the game. It will include calls from viewers when the Vanderbilt-Tennessee game concludes on the networks.