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College Football Playoff rankings -- Oregon Ducks move into first four - ESPN

"It was very close, and I think it's the product of Oregon's other wins they have," Arkansas athletic director and selection committee chairman Jeff Long said. "They have the Michigan State win, but they also, again, went on the road against UCLA and won, and a couple of wins that made their body of work, put them a step ahead of (Alabama) at this point."

No big surprise here as Alabama moves up a spot with Ole Miss dropping. The #5 ranking seems fair at this point. Feels great to know that the Tide controls its own destiny.

Alabama practice report: Tide continues LSU prep - The Anniston Star: Sports

Left tackle Cam Robinson (ankle) continues to do more each day. After only participating in individual drills on Monday, Robinson lined up in group drills today. He worked at left tackle with the second group.

Running back T.J. Yeldon (foot) worked off to the side once again. Yeldon went through his own set of drills with position coach Burton Burns watching. Tide coach Nick Saban should provide an update on Yeldon's status on Wednesday.

Obviously great news here as it appears that Cam has a decent chance to play on Saturday. Shepherd and Hill are still working with the first unit though, so we will keep an eye on it. The fact that Yeldon is still limited is concerning to say the least, good thing Tyren Jones did what he needed to do to have his suspension lifted.

LSU says it's fixed issues vs. mobile QBs heading into showdown with Alabama's Blake Sims |

The Tigers have been one of the worst defenses in the nation at stopping mobile quarterbacks, but there have been signs of improvement in recent weeks. The scars remain, though, from Mississippi State's Dak Prescott and Auburn's Nick Marshall both clearing 100 against them in games LSU ultimately lost.

If I'm Lane Kiffin, I'm making them prove it. Blake is much faster and simply a much better runner than Bo Wallace. Something tells me his legs will be a big part of the game if Alabama is to win.

Leonard Fournette, the rare 5-star who got away from Alabama, picking up steam after slow start |

"He's got a lot more confidence right now because of the experience that he's gained throughout the season," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "He's got great size. He's a very instinctive runner. He's got really good speed, and he can run with power. He's difficult to tackle. A very physical player. "Leonard has been really, really productive, not to our surprise. We thought he was that kind of player and he's certainly proven to be."

Nobody could have lived up to the hype that Fournette had coming in, and so far it appears that he's closer to Jeremy Hill in terms of ability than Adrian Peterson. That is hardly a slight.

Punt, Pass & Pork: Best and worst case College Football Playoff scenarios - College Football -

In the BCS era, a Saturday such as the one ahead could lay waste to the national title hopes of as many as half of the remaining contenders. That won't happen this year. We'll know more after Alabama-LSU, Oregon-Utah, Notre Dame-Arizona State, Baylor-Oklahoma and Kansas State-TCU, but we won't be able to eliminate most of the top teams. There is too much football left, and more games have high stakes than in the BCS era. (Remember when the guys in charge said a playoff would ruin the regular season? Riiiiiiight.)

Interesting take here. The folks who complained about a playoff killing the regular season may have underestimated the impact of keeping more teams alive longer. In some ways this regular season is even more compelling.

Blake Sims, Nick Marshall among 16 semifinalists for Davey O'Brien Award |

Sims has completed better than 65 percent of his passes for 2,034 yards, 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions in his first year as Alabama's starting quarterback. He's added 250 on the ground and five rushing touchdowns.

All those who had Blake Sims contending for national awards in the preseason raise your hands. Liars.

Alabama target, 4-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry sets decision date |

DeBerry recently announced he would take his final official visit to Alabama for the Iron Bowl on Nov. 29. He has a visit to Michigan State this weekend and has already officially visited Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Tennessee. Alabama is recruiting the 6-foot-2, 240-pound DeBerry as a linebacker, he told 247Sports. Some other schools are recruiting him at defensive end. DeBerry is rated as the No. 71 recruit overall on the 247Sports composite rankings.

Saban wants all your linebackers.

It’s Time, College Football Fans: Hashtag #BoycottCollegeGameDay | The Student Section

Why it’s a real thing, though, isn’t because ESPN personalities realize Southern belles are prettier, think the food is better, or like the atmosphere more. It’s the bottom line. We’ve been through this before. ESPN personalities can honk off about how college football would be at peak interest level if the Big Ten was better than it is, but it’s a shell game argument, because the Big Ten being what the SEC is perceived to be now means less money in ESPN’s pockets and more in a competitor’s.

Boycott, eh? Yeah, let me know how that works out for y'all. It's like Auburn fans have taken over the country.

Alabama star Amari Cooper gets write-in vote for governor |

Current Gov. Robert Bentley, an Alabama alum, is expected to win his re-election bid. Cooper is also ineligible to be elected governor because he didn't meet the age of candidacy minimum of 30-years old. But isn't it fun to imagine for a second if a passionate fanbase rallied around getting a player or coach elected?

Roll Tide.

Hoops stuff:

Previewing SEC basketball: Alabama | David Cloninger | Go Gamecocks

Alabama basketball working to get 3 veterans back from nagging injuries |

Watch Kristy Curry launch 2014-2015 season at Tide basketball media day |