Here’s a fun little video with JPW talking about the game winning play last week. If nothing else, watch it for the replay overlaid with Eli Gold calling the play. There are few things more Bama than listening to Gold call a game-winning play.
Alabama is back on top in the only poll that matters as the College Football Playoff Committee’s revealed UA as the No. 1 team Tuesday night, the third week of the rankings.
The Crimson Tide had been the No. 2 team behind Georgia in the first two weeks of the rankings. Georgia lost at Auburn 40-17 last weekend.
Alabama has spent the entire season at No. 1 in the AP Poll, but the CFP poll is the only one that counts, and even it won’t mean anything until the final rankings are revealed after conference championship games in a few weeks.
We’ve had oodles of coverage of the Playoff rankings here at Roll Bama Roll last night, but in case you missed it: Alabama is back at #1. Behind them, Clemson is 2, Oklahoma 3, and Miami 4. Wisconsin is still getting no love for going undefeated, but if they keep winning, I figure that will settle itself out.
-- Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick was not spotted, which wasn't completely unexpected. Nick Saban said he would be day-to-day this week, presumably with the hamstring issue from the LSU game. Hootie Jones was at safety and Tony Brown at nickelback, Fitzpatrick's other position.
-- Henry Ruggs was on the practice field after leaving Davis Wade Stadium in a boot Saturday night. He was among the players banged up but not sidelined for practice Tuesday.
-- J.C. Hassenauer was again the left guard after starter Ross Pierschbacher went down with a high ankle sprain Saturday. Pierschbacher and linebacker Mack Wilson were spotted on scooters the keep the injured leg elevated.
-- DaShawn Hand continued to look better from the knee injury suffered against Ole Miss. He's played in the last two games.
-- Shaun Dion Hamilton was in gym clothes watching the middle linebacker drills closely. He had an extensive brace on the knee he injured against LSU, ending his Alabama career.
-- Ben Davis was not in a scout team jersey and was working with the outside linebackers.
Nothing you probably haven’t already heard, but AL.com was nice enough to provide us with an injury update from yesterday’s practice. Nothing too noteworthy, but I do think this may be the first time we’ve seen Ben Davis off the scout team this season. With all the attrition at linebacker, his services may be needed sooner rather than later.
"I think I just pulled it a little bit," Pappanastos said. "I hit it great. I feel really confident about it, still. I watched the replay several times just trying to find some issues that went wrong but I hit it well. It just kind of happens. That's football sometimes.
"It's a game of inches. If I hit it an inch on inside of the goal post, it would have bounced in. That's life."
Alabama had made seven straight field goals before drawing iron late Saturday night. Pappanastos made a 30-yarder early in the game. He thought the potential game-winner was going through when it left his foot.
"Knock on wood," he said, "I've actually rarely hit the upright. So, I was kinda surprised that happened."
The more quotes and soundbites I see from Andy Pappanastos, the more I think he’s get the right psyche to be a kicker. He may not be an elite leg talent, but I do think he has the right mindset— something that goes a long way in the alien sport that is kicking a football accurately.
“Jalen Hurts challenged me to a bet, and I ain’t forgot, Jalen,” Barkley said on JOX 94.5 FM’s The Round Table on Tuesday. “So, I’m either going to wear an Alabama jersey on TV or he’s going to have to wear (an Auburn jersey) on campus. … I’ve got the jersey coming. … But my Tigers need to win because I don’t want to wear that crap on TNT.”
I hope with all my heart we get to see Barkley in a Bama jersey.
In the article, you also get some quotes from Barkley defending Jalen Hurts and talking about the care all players have to take with social media in the current social landscape.
Collin Sexton Has Solid Alabama Debut
“We were a little too cool, or casual, in the first half. We had three starters who had never played a game in this building and there were some other freshmen who played and there were some jitters.”
Johnson said Sexton has been committed to the program. “You learn so much about a person when there is adversity,” the coach said. “His teammates truly love him and he loves them. It’s all about teamwork.
“He’s had a lot on his plate, but let’s give credit to his teammates, too, for going through it with him.”
He said he thought Bama was lackluster on defense in the first half. “You have to win your individual matchups, and we’re not at that level yet.”
If you missed out, Alabama beat Lipscomb in basketball last night, and watching the game was an absolute joy. The heralded freshman class of Collin Sexton, John Petty, Herb Jones, Galin Smith, and Alex Reese looks to be the real deal, and this team just might really end up being something special.
If you’re on the fence about wanting to become a supporter of the Tide hoops program, now’s the time to bandwagon on.