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Separating the contenders from the pretenders.

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Fumbling in more ways than one.
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October is the month of reckoning in college football. It is when contenders are separated from the pretenders. Getting through September without losing or taking one loss is not the hardest thing in the world to accomplish but the calendar flips and things change. Injuries start to pile up. Some team find rhythms and gel as units while others do not. Conference road games begin and the cupcakes fade from memory. October is the time when teams can start to be identified for what they are... except LSU. I still don’t know what they are.

For the second straight week, several ranked teams were bettered by unranked or lower ranked teams:

#2 Georgia was dominated by #13 LSU.
#6 West Virginia fell flat at Iowa State.
#7 Washington lost to #17 Oregon.
#8 Penn State disappointed the home crowd vs Michigan State.
#16 Miami was embarrassed by Virginia.
#19 Colorado was smacked with reality by Southern Cal.
#21 Auburn faceplanted at home to Tennessee.

Alabama, however, rolled on.

ROLL TIDE

ALABAMA 39 Mizzou 10

Tua Tagovailoa was not his amazing self while nursing a sore knee. Yet he was still able to put up some decent stats, completing 12 of 22 for 265 yards and 3 TD in a half plus one possession of football. The Tide still won by over four touchdowns (and covered the 28 point spread).

The Alabama defense without their starting cornerback Trevon Diggs stood tall against a quarterback that many see as a future NFL starter. Drew Lock was 13-26 for 142 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, and lost a fumble. The Tide recorded 7 QB hurries, four sacks and a safety. The Tigers offense had not scored less than 29 points in a game leading up to their trip to Tuscaloosa.

Alabama now has six non-offensive touchdowns and a safety on the season:

  • vs. Louisville Josh Jacobs 77 yard kickoff return.
  • vs. Louisville Shyheim Carter 45 yard interception return.
  • vs. Arkansas State Saivion Smith 38 yard interception return.
  • vs. Ole Miss Xavier McKinney 30 yard interception return.
  • vs. ULL Jaylen Waddle 63 yard punt return
  • vs. Arkansas Shyheim Carter 44 yard interception return.
  • vs. Mizzou Drew Lock sacked by Quinnen Williams in the end zone for a safety.

DIXIELAND DELIGHTED

And of of course, Dixieland Delight made its triumphant return. The minority drunken a-holes were shouted down and BEAT AUBURN! won out. But we’ll see how long that lasts. If you don’t think the players are into DD, check out 2:24 of the above video.

CELEBRITY SIGHTING

Seven-time NASCAR Champ Jimmie Johnson was in the house:

ESS-EE-SEE

In six and half more years, Gustavo Malzahn’s current contract expires. By that time, the kid in the picture above will be 13 and a half.

Tennessee 30 Auburn 24 - It was a six point win but it wasn’t even that close with the Tigers scoring a late inconsequential touchdown. Auburn built a 17-10 second quarter lead then sat back and allowed Tennessee to score the next 20 points. Aubie quarterback Jarrett Stidham continues to regress with awful decisions behind a wet paper towel OL. The AU running game is AWOL. Wide receiver Anthony Schwartz was the leading rusher for the Eagles of War with 44 yards on 3 carries. Their defense made Vols QB look like an All-SEC player. Jarrett Guarantano Bay went 21-32 for 328 yards, 2 TDs and 0 picks. Auburn (4-3) still has to play @OM, TAMU, UGA and Bama. They very well see their season end on Nov. 24.

Meanwhile, the Vols are feeling all giddy and confident. Hmm, I wonder how that will work out?

LSU 36 Georgia 16 - UGA just made life much harder for themselves with a flat listless effort (322 total yards, four turnovers, failed fake kick) in Red Stick. I have been waiting for a game like this in which Bulldogs QB Jake Fromm would have to carry the team and he failed (16-34, 209 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT). Last season, he had the luxury of Sony Michel & Nick Chubb running the rock. This year, it’s been inferior defenses... until Saturday. Meanwhile, back-up QB Justin Fields is wasting away on the bench.

Tigers running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire galloped for 145 yards on 19 carries but as per usual, the football writers are going to continue to crow about Joe Burrow. In an embarrassing display, the LSU fans rushed the field after the game - incurring a $100,000 fine - and began chanting “We want Bama”. Interesting.

SEC, ETC.

Florida 37 Vanderbilt 27 - Vandy led this game early on at 21-3 but let the Gators score the next 24 points. The ‘Dores clung to a one-point lead heading to the final frame but exchanged field goals for UF touchdowns and that never adds up to victory. At one point, Gatore head coach Dan Mullen and his defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had a pissing match with Vandy head coach Derek Mason that almost caused a full-on melee.

Texas A&M 26 South Carolina 23 - Another Bell Curve game. TAMU owned the first half and went up 16-0 when SC suddenly looked unstoppable tying up the score on a pair of touchdowns followed by successful two-point conversions on consecutive third quarter possessions. The Aggies then scored the next ten points and forced SC to punt to make it 26-16. A late Gamecocks TD made the score look closer than it was.

Ole Miss 37 Arkansas 33 - Arky had a great chance to win this game but once QB Ty Storey and RB Devwah Whaley went down to injuries the scoring came to a halt. The Hogs blew a 30-17 lead to Jordan Ta’amu who passed for 387 yards and ran for 154 for the game.

NATIONAL

FRESNO > UCLA > CAL > BYU > WISCONSIN

Happy Homecoming!

ELIMINATED!

Michigan 38 Wisconsin 13 - Wisky totaled 283 yards of offense with only seven completions and two interceptions thrown. Big Blue had 320 in rushing yards alone. The Wolverines next face MSU and PSU.

Michigan State 21 Penn State 17 - The Brittany Lions lost their second in a row - both at home but this one was homecoming. PSU signal caller Trace McSorley (19-32, 192 yds, 1 TD, fumble lost) is not living up to his preseason hype. MSU’s Felton Davis had 8 catches for 100 yards and two scores including the game-winner with 19 seconds left only moments after a PSU player dropped an easy pick that would have sealed the win for the home team.

Iowa State 30 West Virginia 14 - True freshman and former Bama recruit Brock Purdy (18-25, 254 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT) has once again propelled ISU to a big win. Once-upon-a-time-Heisman-hopeful Will Grier (11-15, 100 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT) and the Mountaineers offense were absolutely shut down to the tune of 152 TOTAL yards and 9 first downs. WVU was 1-10 on third down conversions.

Virginia 16 Miami 13 - The other shoe dropped earlier this year than it did last year for the ‘U’. Canes QB N’Kosi Perry lasted only four series and was pulled after throwing his second interception on six passes. Sucky Malik Rosier reclaimed his role and continued his sucky ways but finished out the game. Of course the stupid UVa fans rushed the field.

Southern Cal 31 Colorado 20 - The Trojans have won three straight but we still don’t know what this team can do. A trip to Utah on Saturday may answer that question. Don’t forget they play Notre Dame on Nov. 24.

Oregon 30 Washington 27 OT - In the most entertaining non-SEC game of the weekend, this slugfest saw five ties and six lead changes before the Ducks countered the Huskies’ overtime field goal with a touchdown.

OTHERS OF NOTE

Notre Dame 19 Pitt 14 - Once again, the Irish slide by. Pitt missed a pair of field goals that might just have made a difference in the outcome of this game.

Texas 23 Baylor 17 - After Sam Ehlinger left with a shoulder injury on the first drive of the game, former starting Texas quarterback Shane Buechele took over and helped the Longhorns limp to a win by the hair of their chinny-chin-chins.

GOING, GOING...

Kansas State 31 Oklahoma State 12 - The Cowpokes have gone from #15 in the nation in September to a 4-3 (1-3) wilted flower in October. To make a bowl game, Okie Lite will have to win two of the following: Texas, @Baylor, @Okl, WVU, @TCU. Good luck with that.

FINALLY!

UCLA 37 Cal 7 - The Bruins finally broke through with their first W of the season and first of the fledgling Chip Kelly era. Even less predictable than winning on the road as a touchdown underdog was the fact that it was a 30-point rout. Linebacker Keisean Lucier-South intercepted a pass on fourth-and-1 to stop one drive. The junior then had a scoop-and-score and later a strip-sack - all in the fourth quarter.

JUST PLAIN SAD

Northwestern 34 Nebraska 31 OT - Scott Frost looked like he had his first W as head coach of the Cornhuskers with a 28-14 fourth quarter lead and a 31-21 advantage with 5:40 to play. The Wildcats drove 99 yards with less than a minute to go to send the game into extra sessions. In the first overtime, Nebraska threw an interception on 4th down, and NW kicked a field goal to continue the ‘Huskers 0-6 misery.

UCF 31 Memphis 30 - It’s unbelievable that there are guys out there paid big fat dollar bills to cover college football and they make idiotic statements like saying “should we start considering UCF for the playoff?” The Knighties beat a 4-win team by one point. The same Memphis who lost to Tulane by 16 two weeks prior. What would you think if Ohio State or Clemson had snuck by Memphis by one?

THE WACKY WORLD OF DESMOND HOWARD

Penn State and Wisky are likely out of the running for the Big Ten title. Desi has Michigan still alive but Washington and West Virginny are not looking so hot for him. Corso has UGA, but they aren’t dead yet. He also had the Badgers winning the whole she-bang.

  • DESI - Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, West Virginia, Washington. Mich over WVU; Bama over UW; Mich over Bama.
  • CORSO - Georgia, Clemson, Wisconsin, Texas, Washington. Clemson over UW; Wisky over UGA; Wisky over Clemson.
  • HERBIE - Alabama, Clemson, Penn State, Oklahoma, Washington. Bama over UW; Clemson over PSU; Bama over Clemson.

MY PICKS

  • Alabama, Clemson, Penn State, Oklahoma, Washington. Bama over Okie; Clemson over PSU; Bama over Clemson.

BAMA STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE

Not too much going on in this department. Texas A&M might be the best win.

  • Louisville - The Cardinals (2-5) continue their slide with a beating at the hands of Boston College 38-20. It is the fourth straight loss for the ‘Ville and places them squarely in last place in the ACC at 0-4. Bobby Petrino might be on thin ice. After a by week, they face Wake Forest in two weeks.
  • Arkansas State (3-3) - The Red Wolves got tore up by App State 35-9. The good news is they should be favored in the rest of their games: Ga State, @ULL, S. Ala, @ Coastal Carolina, UL Monroe, @Texas St.
  • La-Laf - The Ragin’ Cajuns (3-3) actually lead the Sun Belt West at 1-1. They walloped non-conference New Mexico State 66-38. Next is league favorite Appalachian State.
  • Citadel (Nov 17) - The Fightin’ Cupcakes (1-4) lost to some other sucky FCS team.

ADOPT-A-TEAM

  • FAU! (3-3) - The Fightin’ Kiffins had a week off. Up next is a tricky trip to unpredictable Marshall (3-2). Do not bet on this game in any way.
  • Hawaii (6-2) - Quarterback Cole McDonald was back but it didn’t help the Rainbow Warriors at BYU, losing 49-23. Next is Nevada.

COUSINS

  • Troy (5-2) - Coach Neal Brown just lost a good deal of money when his formerly 5-1 Trojans fell to Liberty 22-16. Troy beat Nebraska earlier in the season. They had a similar thing happen last year when losing to South Alabama after upsetting LSU. This is a red flag to any school thinking of hiring Brown away.
  • South Alabama (2-5) - The Jags beat up on FCS Alabama State 45-7.

Troy and USA faceoff next Tuesday Oct. 23.

THAT ANNOYING STEP-BROTHER WHO IS ALWAYS TRYING TO BORROW MONEY

UAB (5-1) - The Blazers beat Rice as they should 42-0. The Owls might be the worst FBS team in the nation. Birmingham U now faces 6-1 North Texas.

RS-Patriot

SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS

It’s shaping up to be disappointing seasons for our service academies

  • Army (4-2) - The Black Knights clobbernated San Jose State 52-3. Next: Miami-Ohio (3-4). None of their remaining opponents outside of FCS Colgate has winning records at this time. The Cadets should easily get their sixth win at some point.
  • Navy (2-4) The Midshipmen fell to Temple 24-17. Navy has a tough row to hoe with their next five games being against Houston, Notre Dame, Cincy, UCF and Tulsa. It is highly doubtful they make a bowl this year.
  • Air Force (2-4) - The Falcons lost to San Diego State 21-17. Friday they travel to 2-4 UNLV. They are may have a shot to make a bowl with @UNLV, Boise, @Army, New Mex, @Wyo, ColoState remaining but it won’t be easy.
boxers

ELIMINATED

(Only five Power 5 teams remain unbeaten: Bama, anOSU, Clemson, Notre Dame, NC State. 13 have one loss.)

NEWLY ELIMINATED:
Colorado - There was no way the Buffs were escaping October unscathed.
Miami - losing to Virginia, a Mark Richt classic.
Penn State - second loss in a row.
Wisconsin - second loss.
Washington - second loss.
West Virginia - Those Iowa schools make the best spoilers.

All non-Power 5 teams.
Auburn
Ole Miss
Mississippi State
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas A&M
Arkansas
Arizona
Arizona State
Baylor
Boston College
BYU
Cal
Duke
FSU
Georgia Tech
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Iowa State
Kansas State
Kansas
Louisville
Maryland
Michigan State
Minnesota
Mississippi State
Mizzou
Nebraska
North Carolina
Northwestern
Oklahoma State
Oregon State
Pitt
Purdue
Rutgers
Southern Cal
Stanford
Syracuse
TCU
Texas Tech
UCLA
Utah
Vandy
Wake Forest
Virginia
Virginia Tech

ENDANGERED

The following are still in the running but have a slim margin for error.

Clemson
Florida
Georgia - NEW!
Kentucky
LSU
Michigan
NC State
Oklahoma
Oregon
Texas
Washington State

THE CONTENDERS

A way WAY WAY too early look at the College Football Playoff (CFP) picture:

The herd is thinning out leaving many of the usual suspects up top.

  • ACC - Clemson or nothing. NC State is 5-0 but that won’t last. Miami is toast.
  • Big Ten - Ohio State still leads. Michigan eliminated Wisky. PSU eliminated themselves.
  • Big 12 - Okie and Texas both have one loss. WVU is unlikely to get over a 16 point loss to Iowa State.
  • PAC-12 - Colorado finally got a dose of reality. Washington took L number two. Oregon might be the only hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi. If not for the meltdown at the end of the Stanford game, the Ducks would be squarely in the conversation.
  • SEC - Alabama is the only remaining unbeaten team in the conference. UGA, LSU, Florida, and Kentucky all have a single loss each and uphill battles ahead of them.
  • Indies - Notre Dame remaining schedule: Navy, @NW, FSU, Syra, @SoCal.

RANK ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM

The Southeastern Conference has 7 ranked teams:

#1 Ala
#5 LSU - up eight spots
#8 UGA - dropped six spots.
#11 Fla
#14 UK - move up four spots on a bye week.
#17 TAMU
#22 MSU

(Dropped out: #21 Aub)

Here is my half-ass as-of-now ranking:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. LSU
  4. Clemson
  5. Georgia/Notre Dame

BUCKCAKES

Ohio State’s profile has taken quite a few shots to the gut as of lately. Every team the Buckeyes have defeated thus far took a loss in their last game. Tulane and Oregon State both had a bye week but lost the week before. Collectively, their foes have five wins over P5 teams as opposed to 22 defeats.

OPP Overall vs FBS vs P5
Oregon State 1-5 0-5 0-4
Rutgers 1-6 1-6 0-5
TCU 3-3 2-3 1-3
Tulane 2-4 1-4 0-2
Penn State 4-2 4-2 2-2
Indiana 4-3 4-3 2-3
Minnesota 3-3 3-3 0-3
TOTAL 18-26 15-26 5-22

This is not to say Alabama has had a tougher schedule, but to the Ohio State fans who are trying to play the Bama-aint-played-nobody card, take a look in the mirror.

LET’S GO BOWLING

Fifteen teams are now bowl eligible including North Texas and Buffalo (both at 6-1). No team has been eliminated from bowl contention but ten team have six losses, three of which are P5:

  • Arkansas (1-6) SEC
  • Nebraska (0-6) B1G
  • Rutgers (1-6) B1G
  • UTEP (0-6)
  • San Jose State (0-6)
  • Old Dominion (1-6)
  • Rice Owls (1-6)
  • Kent State (1-6)
  • Bowling Green (1-6)
  • Central Michigan (1-6)

STAT OF THE DAY

Michigan State and Penn State combined for 18 punts, eleven of which were from possessions of 3-and-outs. They were a combined 8 of 34 on third down conversions. Big Ten football, y’all.

Krazy Kristi’s “SHUT UP!” of the Week goes to any highly-rated quarterback who willingly chooses to play for Gustavo Malzahn. The Auburn head coach is painted by the media as some kind of Quarterback Guru/Offensive Genius but all he does is destroy the careers of these poor innocent young men. Bo Nix are you listening?

(KK knows it is odd to be criticizing her beloved Gustavo, but Jesus is listening and he’ll take away the blessings bestowed upon Jerdin Hair if she lied.)

Bonus KK Shut Up: Fans who rush the field. All it takes is for one person to be seriously injured. There is a reason for $100,000 fines and it is to deter this potentially dangerous act. Honestly, you would’ve thought LSU fans were better than this.

HEISMAN HYPE

With the exception of TWO YEARS, the Heisman Trophy voting is basically a hype award. Often times voters fall in love with someone way too early. This year, that love may last.

Favorites (in no particular order)-

  • Dwayne Haskins (QB thatOSU RS Soph.) was 33-44, 412 yds, 3 TD against Minnesota. He also fumbled on the Minnesota five yard line but recovered it himself. The Buckeyes had to settle for a 21-yard field goal. Haskins had a second drive stall at the five that needed to be converted by a field goal. He was sacked three times and had 6 rushing yards on nine attempts.
  • Tua Tagovailoa (QB Alabama Soph.) - Nursing a gimpy knee threw Tua’s game off a bit but he was still 12-22, 265 yds, 3 TD and had a scoring toss on the second play from scrimmage. He also lost a fumble on the only Mizzou sack of the day.

Also-

  • Kyler Murray (QB Oklahoma Jr.) - Okie had the week off.

Meh-

  • Will Grier (QB West Virginia Sr.) - 11-15, 100 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT in a loss to Iowa State sinks this campaign.
  • Benny Snell (RB Kentucky Jr.) - Bye week.
  • Jonathan Taylor (RB Wisconsin Soph.) - 101 yards rushing on 17 carries with no touchdowns. No catches and nothing spectacular in a 38-13 drubbing by Michigan.
  • Ed Oliver (DT Houston Jr.) - Finally got his first sacks of the season, recording two against big bad ECU. He had 6 solo tackles and 0 assists against the 2-4 Pirates.

Who Should Win -

  • Tua
Missouri v Alabama Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

THE SICK REPORT

  • Nick Saban reported that QB Tua Tagovailoa could have gone back in the game after tweaking his knee but it he didn’t “think it was worth” doing. There should be “no issues or problems”. WR DeVonta Smith pulled a thigh muscle. He is day-to-day and questionable for Tennessee.
  • Tennessee OLB Jonathan Kongbo tore his ACL and is gone for the season.
  • Texas QB Sam Ehlinger has a sprained shoulder. The Longhorns are off this week and do not return to action until Oct. 27, when they meet Oklahoma State.
  • Oregon center Dallas Warmack left Saturday’s game with UW a mysterious “stinger” injury in first half and did not return. He is the second former Tide offensive lineman to get injured this season at their new school. The other is Tennessee’s Brandon Kennedy who was lost for the season in the opening weekend. The Ducks also lost starting left tackle Penei Sewell in the first half.
  • Southern Cal will be without senior outside linebacker Porter Gustin for the remainder of the season after he fractured an ankle. After six games, he had seven sacks for the Trojans and was a leader on defense.
  • Arky QB Ty Storey availability is questionable after that poor boy got rocked on more than one occasion.
  • Redshirt sophomore wide receiver D.K. Metcalf hurt his neck following Ole Miss’ opening possession early in the first quarter and is done for the season. He is eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft.

DRAMA

  • Alabama DL Raekwon Davis could and should miss some time for treating a defenseless Mizzou OL like a punching bag. As of post, nothing has been announced but I could see him sit the first half of the Tennessee game.
  • The first head coaching axe to fall comes in Bowling Green where head coach Mike Jinks was shown the door on Sunday. DC Carl Pelini will become the interim HC. Jinks was 1-6 so far this season with the sole victory being a touchdown win against Eastern Kentucky. He was 7–24 in two and a half seasons at BGSU.
  • Minnesota running back Shannon Brooks was arrested early Sunday morning on a domestic violence complaint. The fourth year Gopher, who rushed for 1,728 yards in his first three years with the program, was expected to redshirt this season after suffering a lower leg injury before the season.
  • Vols LB Daniel Bituli was ejected for targeting and will miss the first half vs. Alabama.
  • Auburn DB Jeremiah Dinson will miss the first half of the Ole Miss game due to targeting.
  • Urban Meyer celebrated his conquest of Indiana by covering the steps at Bloomington area retirement homes with butter and thumbtacks.
Black and White TV

EYEBALLS

ESPN’s coverage of Missouri-Alabama delivered a 2.2 overnight which is up 5% year-over-year. It topped FOX Sports’ coverage of Ohio State’s win over Minnesota that drew a 1.8.

THIS WEEK

(Below is an abbreviated list of games of interest. If you need to know about the Idaho State-Liberty game, you can find the details here.)

Thursday, Oct 18:

Georgia State at Arkansas State 7:30 PM ESPNU - How about some SOS help, Red Wolves?
Stanford at Arizona State 8pm/9pm ESPN - Two sickly programs vying for the Cheez-It Bowl.

Friday, Oct 19:

Colorado State at Boise 8pm/9pm ESPN2 - Do not adjust your set. That turf is supposed to look blue.
Air Force at UNLV 9pm/10pm CBSSN - I got nuthin.

Saturday, Oct 13:

SEC:

Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas A&M all have the weekend off.

Tulsa at Arkansas 11am/noon SECN - The Hogs are desperate for a win but this one is no gimme, especially if Ty Storey does not play.
Auburn at Ole Miss 11am/noon ESPN - One team on the up, the other on the down.
Memphis at Missouri 3pm/4pm SECN - Hopefully, Mizz beats the tar outta Memphis, helping Bama’s SoS and hurting UCF’s.
Mississippi State at LSU 6pm/7pm ESPN - Is this a trap game for the Tigers?
Vanderbilt at Kentucky 6:30/7:30 SECN - UK had a week off to think about their first loss.

NATIONAL:

Notre Dame and Texas are off.

Michigan at Michigan State 11am/noon FOX - Remember the 2015 game? Or maybe 2017? Sparty has won four of the last five and eight of the last ten. Another MSU upset could mean ELIMINATION! for Harbaugh’s crew.
Oklahoma at TCU 11am/noon ABC - Okie has had a week off to stew about their loss to Tejas.
Ohio State at Purdue 6:30/7:30 ABC - The Boilermakers have won three straight. Can they keep the good mojo going?
Oregon at Washington State 6:30/7:30 FOX - Two 5-1 teams holding on to hopes and dreams and unicorns.

SLEEPY TIME

Arizona at UCLA 9:30/10:30 ESPN2 - Two bad teams. Skip it. You need the sleep.
San Jose Cuervo at San Diego State 9:30/10:30 CBSSN
Nevada at Hawaii 10:59/11:59 Pineapplevision - Aloha

#ALABAMA

If you have not started your hatin’, what are you waiting for? There are so many reasons to dislike the Vols. Did you see that Fat F*** Phil Fulmer come out on the field after the Auburn game trying to take credit for the win? This man is a grade-A jerk and is reason enough to hate Tennessee.

Some of you young-uns have probably fallen in love with the aw-shucks antics of Peyton Manning. However, after UT beat Bama in 1997 that dillweed got up on the conductor’s ladder and led the band in “Rocky Top” - in Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama in front of thousands of Tide fans! If you are a true Alabama fan, you will never forget/forgive that moment nor ever feel sorry for Tennessee.

You may argue “but... Jeremy Pruitt! He was one of us!” So was Dabo. So was Kirby.

BAMA FROSH:

Freshman punter Skyler DeLong finally played in a fifth game and to be quite honest, I wish he hadn’t since his one punt traveled all of 13 yards. This is one time I can truly say: “I coulda done that.

LB Ale Kaho had a solo tackle on special teams. DB Josh Jobe played in his sixth game but did not record a stat. LB Jaylen Moody had a tackle assist in his sixth game, as did DL Stephen Wynn who was playing in his third. Freshman safety Eddie Smith and walk-on senior DB D.J. Lewis played in their third straight game. Eyabi Anoma was not credited with participation. With the first team defense playing the whole way, I have a feeling much of the above playing time came on special teams.

Running back Jerome Ford again did not see action and is still at a four-games participation mark. Hopefully, they hold him out the rest of the way.

Nick Saban now sets his sights on Bo. With 230 FBS/I-A victories under his belt, the number nine spot is coming into view.
(For clarification, this list is FBS/I-A wins only. No wins while coaching at FCS/I-AA or lower level schools are included.)

GAME 8, TSIO - Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2:30pm/3:30pm

ALABAMA at Tennessee

CBS - Announcers: Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson with Jamie Erdahl on the sidelines.
Bama favored by 28½ with an over/under of 57.

(Week 9, ALABAMA has the weekend off. Go to your stupid cousin’s wedding if you must. Here is what the rest of the SEC is up to.)

#RollTide

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