Merry Christmas, everyone. As you might expect, news is a bit slow today, but we have a few links of interest for your perusal. Since it is Christmas, we will open with hands-down the greatest Christmas song of all time:
You disagree? Come at me.
Since October, Alabama has posted a game score of 90 or higher in every game the Crimson Tide have played against an FBS opponent. Game score is a measure of game performance that includes how well the team controlled the game along with the final result, accounting for site and opponent strength. It is measured on a 1 to 100 scale, where 100 is best, so these 90 or higher rankings are in elite territory here.
This is interesting and all, but I think I'll be fine with #1 after the playoffs, thank you.
When you work for Saban, you go by his rules. And that means Saban does the talking, not his coaches, when the media comes calling. Jeremy Pruitt is known for saying what’s on his mind, and his dad said, "I believe that’s one of the traits that coach Saban likes about him. He’s not afraid to voice his opinion."
I don't think Jeremy's last boss valued that whole opinion voicing thing from him.
Sophomore ArDarius Stewart had already pulled in one 50-50 ball, a leaping 29-yard grab on the second play of the drive. But facing third-and-6 from the Tennessee 40 with just under four minutes to play, Alabama needed the passing game to come through again.
Ridley, who led the Tide with 75 catches this season, turned and showed off his hops on the play. Tennessee cornerback Cameron Sutton, known for his aggressive coverage, was in good position. But Ridley soared about a foot higher than Sutton to gather in the ball on the Alabama sideline and held on for the first down. Three plays later, Derrick Henry romped 14 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
"Playing at Alabama's not for everybody," Alabama senior linebacker Reggie Ragland said. "A lot of people can't handle the pressure, the pressure Coach puts on us and the pressure that comes with playing in this program. Nobody handles it better than he does, and that filters down to the team. It's all about having the right mindset. You don't worry about the next day when you play for Coach Saban. You worry about what's right in front of you."
Reggie has been thoroughly processed.
"When you get ready for these games you don't want to go away from exactly who you are, because you've gotten to that point by being who you are," Dantonio said on ESPN's 'Mike and Mike' show Wednesday morning. "But you have to have new things, too, so we'll try to do a little bit of that as well."
Dantonio is an excellent coach and will undoubtedly have a solid game plan. This team looks much better than the one Alabama saw five years ago.
The Oakland Raiders announced this week that wide receiver Amari Cooper had been selected as an alternate for the Pro Bowl, which means the rookie might get to go to the NFL all-star game if wide receivers selected for the honor can't play because of injury or Super Bowl participation.
Saying that he doesn't deserve the honor is so Coop. He is as humble a superstar talent as you will find.
Former five-star Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray has signed a financial aid agreement with Oklahoma and will join the program in the upcoming spring semester, the school announced Thursday. Murray split time with Kyle Allen, another former five-star prospect who's also transferring, during the 2015 season, but decided that the time was right to get out of College Station. He'll be eligible to play football in 2017.
Kyler figured it out. Get out of the SEC and go play for the only Big 12 team with any sort of defense.
That's about it for today, folks. Enjoy your holiday.