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Improving Offensive Line Critical Against LSU

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"Everybody has kind of embraced their role of what they need to do. I think that they've done a good job," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "Obviously there are always things that you can do better, you're never really satisfied with where you are, but I think there's been a lot of positive performances from that group this year and as the season's gone on."

The positivity in Alabama's past two games has centered on the offensive line's improved push in the running game. After rushing for just 66 yards against Arkansas, the Crimson Tide followed with 298 against Texas A&M and 183 at Tennessee. Alabama had just two rushing touchdowns in its first three SEC games but has five in its past two.

The first series after Robinson went down was, perhaps, one of the Alabama offensive line's most important of the season. The reconfigured group plowed the way for 57 rushing yards on a 76-yard drive that iced the Crimson Tide's victory.

Injury Update for LSU Game

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For the first time this week (during media viewing), T.J. Yeldon was going through the drills with the running backs. Earlier Wednesday, Nick Saban said he'd "for sure" play at LSU after dealing with foot problems in recent weeks. Yeldon looked fine out there, no limping.

Left tackle Cam Robinson continued to look solid in practice less than two weeks after his high ankle sprain. He continued working with the second team behind Austin Shepherd, but it looked like he slipped in for at least one rep with the first group. Saban said Robinson remains a day-to-day decision and isn't being ruled out for LSU.

Blake Sims to Have Big Game on the Ground?

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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.

Cam Robinson Closer to Returning

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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.

Inspirational

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Yea though I walk through the Valley of Death, I shall fear no Corndog.

Awkwardly Clingy LSU

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LSU so badly wants us to be their main rival and this epitomizes their desperation. It's like we're the BMOC and they so desperately want us to ask them to the prom and we're oblivious to their existence. Please, LSU, have some self-respect.

Roll Tide Finebaum

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A mashup of Phyllis from Mulga and the Great Pumpkin rant by Charlie Brown's sister Sally. A friend of mine made this and it's pretty hilarious.

Tide Kickoff Coverage Woes Improving

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Problem: Kickoff coverage

Some serious gaps were exposed in Alabama's kick coverage early in the year. First, West Virginia's Mario Alford ran one 100 yards for a touchdown in the opener. Then at Ole Miss, two were returned for significant yardage. Mark Dodson's 54-yarder on the opening kickoff set up a field goal. Jaylen Walton ran another one 39 yards in the second quarter, but it didn't result in any points.

Response: A week after Ole Miss, Alabama faced the SEC's top kickoff return unit, but the Razorbacks got nothing on their two returns. One went for 15 yards and the other was stopped after 8. Texas A&M was also held in check until Trey Williams' 75-yard return in the closing moments, but it didn't lead to points. Tennessee returned three for an average of 21 yards. Since allowing 28 yards a return at Ole Miss, Alabama's surrendering 21.8 a try. Subtract the late one in the A&M win and the number is down to 17.4.

Auburn Win Paves Way for Alabama

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The uncertainty is gone, and Alabama can thank its top rival for eliminating it. Auburn's victory Saturday over Ole Miss insured the Crimson Tide, if its able to win its final three conference games, of a trip to the SEC Championship.

That's because the Rebels now boast two SEC losses and can no longer hold their early October win over Alabama as a potential head-to-head tiebreaker.

Denzell Devall Ready to Return

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"We want to play all players that can play winning football," Saban said after Tuesday's practice. "Denzel has played winning football for us. Some of the guys that took his place played winning football. To me, it just adds to the depth and helps more guys to have to play and contribute in a positive way."

Dickson is Alabama's leader in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (9), and he's been particularly good since Devall went down in the first quarter of Alabama's loss at Ole Miss. Anderson, who came into the season with minimal experience, has at least one tackle for loss in each of the past three games.

"He's stepped up in a big way," defensive end Jonathan Allen said. "You really can't put a limit on what he's done for us. Good fitting the run, pass rusher, driving back in coverage. He's done a lot for us while Denzel's been out."