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Saban: Rivarly with Vols Is ‘Special’

Saban: Rivarly with Vols Is ‘Special’

Istockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Fourth ranked Alabama (6-1) is expecting everything they can handle against Tennessee (3-4) on Saturday.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban called the game this week "one of the great rivalry games in college football. [It] certainly has a lot of tradition and something that's been very special and means a lot to a lot of our fans."

The Vols are still searching for their first win in the SEC after losing three straight in their conference matchups.

Tennessee's defense has allowed 21.3 points per game this season and Alabama's offense is averaging 36.9.

"They're big, they're physical up front, a very typical Alabama offensive line," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. "I think they're playing to the strengths of their players. They did a lot of quick screens, a lot of dual packages where you have the run and the pass option off of it. I think they're doing a great job."

The game also will be the return of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who left Tennessee after a 7-6 season in 2009, which caused rioting on campus.

"The game is not about that," Saban said. "The game is about the players and regardless of what fans think or what fans do, I think our coaches and our players need to focus on what we're going to do in the game and how we're going to help our players play our best."

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(7) Alabama Rolls (21) Texas A&M

(7) Alabama Rolls (21) Texas A&M

Football Texture/iStockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- The Alabama Crimson Tide scored 35 points in the second quarter on their way to a rout over 21st-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday, 59-0. The seventh-ranked team in the country put up 602 total yards while keeping the Aggies from even attempting a field goal.

"I think this is as close as we can get to the Alabama football that we want to try to get from our players in terms of effort, toughness, emotional excitement and execution that we got throughout the game," said head coach Nick Saban.

Alabama (6-1) scored on ever possession in the first half, opening up the scoring on an Adam Griffith field goal in the first quarter. The first touchdown came a few minutes later when T.J. Yeldon scampered in from nine yards out. Yeldon finished the game with two running touchdowns and 114 yards on the ground.

Quarterback Blake Sims through for 268 yards, three touchdowns and ran for another score. Reserve Jake Coker also threw a touchdown pass late for the Crimson Tide. Both Amari Cooper and Derrick Henry had a pair of receiving touchdowns in the blowout.

While the offense dismantled Texas A&M (5-3), the defense was as impressive. The Aggies only managed 172 total yards en route to their third straight loss.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Football: West Virginia 41 (5-2) - (4) Baylor 27 (6-1)

(7) Alabama 59 (6-1) - (21) Texas A&M 0 (5-3)

(8) Michigan State 56 (6-1) - Indiana 17 (3-3)

(10) Georgia 45 (6-1) - Arkansas 32 (3-4)

(12) TCU 42 (5-1) - (15) Oklahoma State 9 (5-2)

(13) Ohio State 56 (5-1) - Rutgers 17 (5-2)

(14) Kansas State 31 (5-1) - (11) Oklahoma 30 (5-2)

(24) Clemson 17 (5-2) - Boston College 13 (4-3)

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Alabama Loses RB Drake for at Least 8-10 Weeks

Alabama Loses RB Drake for at Least 8-10 Weeks istockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Alabama lost more than a football game last Saturday: running back Kenyan Drake has suffered a broken leg in the team's 23-17 loss at Ole Miss.

Alabama head Coach Nick Saban says it will be 8-10 more weeks before Drake can even think about playing football again. Losing Drake means the Crimson Tide loses versatility. Drake has rushed for 126 yards and four touchdowns while also catching four balls for 145 yards and two touchdowns this season."Kenyan has a lot of production for us and has done a really good job all year long," Saban said. "I don't think there's any question about the fact that when you do lose a player like that it does have some impact.

No. 7 Alabama (4-1, 1-1 SEC) will play Arkansas in Fayetteville on Saturday.

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(11) Mississippi Knocks Off (3) Alabama at Home

(11) Mississippi Knocks Off (3) Alabama at Home

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(OXFORD, Miss.) -- In what could go down as the greatest win in school history, No. 11 Ole Miss knocked off third ranked Alabama at home on Saturday, 23-17. The victory snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide (4-1) while also keeping Mississippi (5-0) undefeated.

The Rebels took an early 3-0 lead on a Gary Wunderlich field goal in the first quarter, but Alabama responded with a touchdown drive in the second. As Ole Miss looked to take the game into halftime trailing 7-3, I'Tavius Mathers fumbled at the 13-yard line while the Tide recovered it for a touchdown and a 14-3 halftime advantage.

However, the comeback was on in the second half. Trailing 17-10 midway through the fourth, Bo Wallace connected with Vince Sanders on a 34-yard touchdown pass to tie the game with 5:29 left in regulation. Mississippi quickly got a chance at the lead when Alabama fumbled the ensuing the kickoff and Ole Miss recovered. 

Just a couple plays later, Wallace found Jaylen Walton from 10 yards out, giving the Rebels a 23-17 lead with 2:54 remaining. Alabama threatened to steal the upset away, driving into Ole Miss territory in the waning moments. Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims fired a deep pass into the endzone with 37 seconds left, but Senquez Golson picked it off to seal the victory.

It marks the first time since 1962 that Mississippi has won the first five games of a season. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB Playoffs: San Francisco Giants 2 - Washington Nationals 1 in 18 Innings (Giants lead series, 2-0)

Los Angeles Dodgers 3 - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (Series tied, 1-1)

Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 43 (5-0) - Wake Forrest 3 (2-4)

(11) Ole Miss 23 (5-0) - (3) Alabama 17 (4-1)

(25) TCU 37 (4-0) - (4) Oklahoma 33 (4-1)

(5) Auburn 41 (5-0) - (15) LSU 7 (4-2)

(12) Mississippi State 48 (5-0) - (6) Texas A&M 31 (5-1)

(7) Baylor 28 (5-0) - Texas 7 (2-3)

Utah 30 (4-1) - (8) UCLA 28 (4-1)

(9) Notre Dame 17 (5-0) - (14) Stanford 14 (3-2)

(10) Michigan State 27 (4-1) - (19) Nebraska 22 (5-1)

(13) Georgia 44 (4-1) - Vanderbilt 17 (1-5)

Arizona State 38 (4-1) - (16) USC 34 (3-2)

Northwestern 20 (3-2) - (17) Wisconsin 14 (3-2)

(20) Ohio State 52 (4-1) - Maryland 24 (4-2)

(21) Oklahoma State (4-1) - Iowa State 20 (1-4)

(22) East Carolina 45 (4-1) - SMU 24 (0-5) 

(23) Kansas State 45 (4-1) - Texas Tech 13 (2-3)

NASCAR: Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Kansas Lottery 300

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Nick Saban Prepares Team for Southern Miss

Nick Saban Prepares Team for Southern Miss

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Alabama) -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban is preparing his second-ranked team for a showdown with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide are coming off a 41-0 victory over Florida Atlantic and Saban said on Monday that he is sticking with a two-quarterback system of Blake Sims and Jacob Coker.

"We need them both to work to improve, both players did good things in the game and both did things they can improve on," Saban said of the quarterbacks.

Saban said he was happy with their performance against Florida Atlantic, but he wants to continue to push his team. He also noted what the team needs to improve on as they head into Saturday's game.

"Finishing drives on offense, tackling a little better on defense," Saban said.  "Do you have focus, stamina to get better? We have a lot more to prove."

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/30/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAF: (1) Florida State 37 (1-0) - Oklahoma State 31 (0-1) (2) Alabama 33 (1-0) - West Virginia 23 (0-1) (4) Oklahoma 48 (1-0) - Louisiana Tech 16 (0-1) (5) Ohio State 34 (1-0) - Navy 17 (0-1) (6) Auburn 45 (1-0) - Ark...

Alabama Picked to Win SEC

Alabama Picked to Win SEC

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(HOOVER, Ala.) -- Despite not even reaching the national championship game last year, SEC media members selected Alabama as the preseason favorite to win the conference this college football season.

The poll was revealed on Thursday, the final of four SEC media days. It showed what was a surprise to no one: Alabama vs. Auburn for the conference title.

The Crimson Tide (154) earned more votes than every other Southeastern Conference school combined. Auburn (75), South Carolina (32), Georgia (19), and LSU (9) rounded out the top 5.

"Arguably, they've got the greatest collection of football players ever assembled for a college team," said South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. "If the recruiting services are correct, and they're pretty much correct."

Alabama also led the conference with nine players named to the preseason first-team. Wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon were the top two vote-getters among all players.

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Alabama Inks Top-Ranked Recruiting Class

Alabama Inks Top-Ranked Recruiting ClassStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) --  The University of Alabama had yet another successful signing day.  Head coach Nick Saban and his staff received letter of intent from 19 players on Wednesday.  If you include the eight ea...

ESPN: Alabama to Interview Lane Kiffin for OC Position

ESPN: Alabama to Interview Lane Kiffin for OC PositionStephen Dunn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Former USC head coach Lane Kiffin is interviewing Thursday to be the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama, according to ESPN and media reports. The Crimson Tide are searching for a new offensiv...

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/2/14Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- College Football - Allstate Sugar Bowl: (11) Oklahoma 45 (11-2) - (3) Alabama 31 (11-2) NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 87 (11-21) - Orlando Magic 81 (10-22) OT Golden State Warriors 123 (21-13) - Miami Heat 114 (24-8) Chicago...

Florida State Ranked No. 1 in Latest BCS Standings

Florida State Ranked No. 1 in Latest BCS StandingsChris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The BCS standings received quite a shakeup after an exciting weekend of play. No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Ohio State have taken the top two spots in the standings with just one week remaining before the ...

Nick Saban Prepares for Iron Bowl

Nick Saban Prepares for Iron BowlFootball Texture/iStockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Alabama) -- Everything will be on the line on Saturday when Auburn hosts Alabama in the Iron Bowl: an undefeated season for No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0) and a BCS bid for No. 4 Auburn (10-1, 6-1 SEC), pending a los...

Alabama Prepares for Chattanooga

Alabama Prepares for ChattanoogaBananaStock(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Fresh off their 20-7 win over Mississippi State on Saturday, the Alabama Crimson Tide will begin to prepare for Chattanooga this week. (1) Alabama (10-0) will celebrate senior day on Saturday before the game. Head coach...

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/16/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/16/13Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) --  Top 25 College Football:  (1) Alabama 20 (10-0) - Mississippi State 7 (4-6) (2) Florida State 59 (10-0) - Syracuse 3 (5-5) (3) Ohio State 60 (10-0) - Illinois 35 (3-7) USC 20 (8-3) - (4) Stanford 17 (8-2) (5)...

Saban Prepares for Mississippi State

Saban Prepares for Mississippi StateFootball Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- The Crimson Tide will look to improve their record to 10-0 on Saturday when they travel to Mississippi State (4-5). Alabama is coming off a win over LSU last Saturday, but head coach Nick Saban isn't looking pa...

Alabama Ready for LSU

Alabama Ready for LSUBananaStock(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- The Crimson Tide will get another test on Saturday against tenth ranked LSU at home. Alabama comes into the game at 8-0 and head coach Nick Saban isn't worried about his team not being ready to go come Saturday night. "...

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/13Getty Images/ Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NCAAF Top 25: (1) Alabama 45 (5-0) - Georgia State 3 (0-5) (2) Oregon 57 (5-0) - Colorado 16 (2-2) (3) Clemson 49 (5-0) - Syracuse 14 (2-3) (4) Ohio State 40 (6-0) - (16) Northwestern 30 (4-1) (5) Stanford 31 (5-0) - (...

Alabama Suspends Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Indefinitely

Alabama Suspends Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix IndefinitelyAmerican Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Top-ranked Alabama has suspended free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix indefinitely for violation of team rules. Head coach Nick Saban refused to elaborate on why Clinton-Dix was suspended...
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