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SEC Championship Game Preview

SEC Championship Game Preview

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Al.) -- Top-ranked Alabama will take on the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship game on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide remain in the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, and head coach Nick Saban wants his team to remain focused.

"This is a new season," Saban said on Monday. "We look forward to the challenges of the future, what we need to do to get ready to play a very good team in the SEC Championship game."

"The SEC Championship game is a great opportunity for our players," Saban continued.  "It's a great competitive venue, one of the most exciting games that I've had the opportunity to compete in."

The Tigers are averaging 28.6 points per game and Alabama is only giving up 16.9.

Head coach Gary Pinkel knows it'll be a challenge against the Crimson Tide offense, especially since Missouri is 7-1 in their SEC games this year.

"Alabama's got a very good football team," Pinkel said. "Nick's done a great job with that program and we're going to play a very potent offensive team and obviously a very good defensive team."

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Auburn Fires Defensive Coordinator Ellis Johnson

Auburn Fires Defensive Coordinator Ellis JohnsoniStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a 55-point loss to arch rival Alabama in the Iron Bowl, Auburn has decided to let go of defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. "At this time I felt it was best for our program to make a change with our defensive coor...

Nick Saban on Auburn: We Remember Last Year

Nick Saban on Auburn: We Remember Last Year

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Alabama) -- Alabama is hoping to avoid another shocking defeat to Auburn this year in the Iron Bowl on Saturday.

In the final play of last year's game, Chris Davis returned a missed field goal by Alabama for a 100-yard touchdown run, stunning top-ranked Alabama.

Head coach Nick Saban said Monday that this is what the game is all about.

"We all kind of remember what happened," he added. "I think that it was very disappointing to all of us here, not just the last play, but the last five minutes of the game, that we never finished the game like we needed to and it was a tough way to lose a game."

"The Iron Bowl is one of the greatest rivalries in college football and means a lot to people in the state, regardless of which side you're on," Saban continued.  "As a competitor it's a great opportunity because this game has had a lot of significance over the last few years."

Alabama currently sits in the number one spot in the College Football Playoff rankings. Meanwhile, Auburn is 4-3 in their SEC matchups this year and are 8-3.

"Their offense is one of the most productive in the country," Saban said. "They got a very good scheme. [Auburn quarterback] Nick Marshall does a fantastic job of executing that on the field."

Marshall has tossed 15 touchdowns this year and thrown for 1,859 yards.

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SEC West Dominates New AP Poll

SEC West Dominates New AP Poll

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the latest Associated Press college football poll, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) reached a new level of dominance. Four of the top five teams in the country all reside in the SEC, the first time a single conference can boast such a feat.

Mississippi State (6-0) remained the number one team in the land while Ole Miss (7-0) remains third. Alabama (6-1) jumped up to fourth in the poll, thanks to a 59-0 rout over then 21st-ranked Texas A&M, with Auburn (5-1) rounding out the top-five.

The lone team not from the SEC in the top-five is Florida State (7-0) of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Seminoles held off Notre Dame on Saturday, which dropped to seventh with the loss.

The Oregon Ducks (6-1) sit at sixth in the nation while the Irish (6-1) dropped two spots to seventh. Michigan State (6-1), Georgia (6-1), and TCU (6-1) finish out the top-10 teams.

Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Stanford all fell from the AP Top-25 Poll after week seven.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 37 (2-0) - Citadel 12 (0-2)

(2) Alabama 41 (2-0) - Florida Atlantic 0 (0-2)

(3) Oregon 46 (2-0) - (7) Michigan State 27 (1-1)

(4) Oklahoma 52 (2-0) - Tulsa 7 (1-1)

(5) Auburn 59 (2-0) - San Jose State 12 (1-1)

Virginia Tech 35 (2-0) - (8) Ohio State 21 (1-1)

(9) Texas A&M 73 (2-0) - Lamar 3 (1-1)

(10) Baylor 70 (2-0) - Northwestern State 6 (0-2)

(11) UCLA 42 (2-0) - Memphis 35 (1-1)

(12) LSU 56 (2-0) - Sam Houston State 0 (1-2)

(14) USC 13 (2-0) - (13) Stanford 10 (1-1)

(15) Mississippi 41 (2-0) - Vanderbilt 3 (0-2)

(16) Notre Dame 31 (2-0) - Michigan 0 (1-1)

(17) Arizona State 58 (2-0) - New Mexico 23 (0-2)

(18) Wisconsin 37 (1-1) - Western Illinois 3 (1-1)

(19) Nebraska 31 (2-0) - McNeese State 24 (0-1)

(20) Kansas State 32 (2-0) - Iowa State 28 (0-2)

(21) South Carolina 33 (1-1) - East Carolina 23 (1-1)

(21) North Carolina 31 (2-0) - San Diego State 27 (1-1)

(23) Clemson 73 (1-1) - South Carolina State 7 (1-1)

(24) Missouri 49 (2-0) - Toledo 24 (1-1)

(25) Louisville 66 (2-0) - Murray State 21 (1-1)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 2 (67-75) - New York Mets 1 (67-75)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (66-75) - Washington Nationals 1 (79-61)

Oakaland Athletics 4 (80-61) - Houston Astros 3 (62-80)

New York Yankees 6 (73-67) - Kansas City Royals 2 (78-62)

San Francisco Giants 5 (78-64) - Detroit Tigers 4 (77-65)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (69-74) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (82-59)

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (72-68) - Chicago Cubs 3 (64-77) -11 Innings (Resumption of Friday night's game)

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (73-68) - Chicago Cubs 0 (64-78)

Cleveland Indians 3 (73-67) - Chicago White Sox 1 (63-78)

Atlanta Braves 4 (74-68) - Miami Marlins 3 (68-72) - 10 Innings

Los Angeles Angels 8 (86-55) - Minnesota Twins 5 (61-81)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (78-64) - Milwaukee Brewers 3 (74-68)

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (80-62) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-83)

Boston Red Sox 4 (63-79) - Toronto Blue Jays 3 (72-69)

Colorado Rockies 7 (58-84) - San Diego Padres 6 (66-75) - 12 Innings

Seattle Mariners 4 (78-63) - Texas Rangers 2 (53-89)

 

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Top WR Nate Craig Commits to Auburn

Top WR Nate Craig Commits to Auburn

BananaStock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Nate Craig, the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 6 player overall in the ESPN Junior 300, verbally committed to play football for the University of Auburn on Monday night.

Craig chose the Tigers over USC, Ohio State, and Alabama.

"I just thought Auburn was the best fit for me," Craig said. "I got to go up there this weekend and spend some time with coach [Dameyune] Craig and coach [Gus] Malzahn and that just sealed the deal for me."

"I was at Alabama for the whole week, but just building a relationship with the Auburn coaches and coach Craig was a big impact on my recruitment and did a great job. With coach Malzahn I got to spend some time with him and then I sat down with my mom and decided to make a decision," he continued.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Craig caught 37 passes for 502 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore for Tampa Catholic High School this past season. 

Auburn now has three commits for the class of 2016.

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Ravens Agree to Contract with LB C.J. Mosley

Ravens Agree to Contract with LB C.J. Mosley

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens and former Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley agreed to a contract on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Ravens selected Mosley with the 17th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. The 2013 SEC defensive player of the year accumulated 320 tackles (174 solo), 6 1-2 sacks, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 51 career games (29 starts) with the Crimson Tide.

Mosley is one of just seven players in Alabama’s history with more than 300 tackles and is third on the school’s all-time tackles list. He was also part of two national championship teams while at Alabama (2011-12).

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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...

(11) Sooners Upset (3) Alabama in Allstate Sugar Bowl, 45-31

(11) Sooners Upset (3) Alabama in Allstate Sugar Bowl, 45-31JP Wilson/Replay Photos via Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Instead of having the chance for a three-peat, Alabama ended their season with two consecutive losses as Oklahoma upset the defending champs 45-31 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma freshman qu...

Nick Saban is Staying at Alabama

Nick Saban is Staying at AlabamaRonald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- You can rest easy, Alabama fans, Nick Saban isn't going anywhere. Despite being pursued by the University of Texas, Saban has agreed to stay at Alabama and has also agreed on a new contract with the school. On ...

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 ...

Auburn Shocks No. 1 Alabama 34-28 To Win The Iron Bowl

Auburn Shocks No. 1 Alabama 34-28 To Win The Iron BowlAmerican Football Field Yard Lines/ iStockPhoto/ThinkStock(AUBURN, ALA.) --  Auburn's wild season got even more exciting on Saturday when Chris Davis returned a missed field-goal attempt 109 yards for a touchdown on the final play to give the four...

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/30/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/30/13Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) --  NCAAF:  (4) Auburn 34 (11-1) - (1) Alabama 28 (11-1) (2) Florida State 37 (12-0) - Florida 7 (4-8) (3) Ohio State 42 (12-0) - Michigan 41 (7-5) (5) Missouri 28 (11-1) - (21) Texas A&M 21 (8-4) (8) Stanfor...

Top-Ranked Alabama Blanks Chattanooga 49-0

Top-Ranked Alabama Blanks Chattanooga 49-0Kevin C. Cox.Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) --  AJ McCarron can add a new accomplishment to his already impressive collegiate resume, winningest quarterback in Alabama history. McCarron threw for 171 yards and two scores as No. 1 Alabama blanked C...

(1) Alabama Defeats Mississippi St., 20-7

(1) Alabama Defeats Mississippi St., 20-7Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(STARKVILLE, Miss.) -- Crimson Tide sophomore running back T.J. Yeldon rushed for 160 yards and senior quarterback A.J. McCarron tossed two touchdowns as (1) Alabama (10-0; 7-0 SEC) defeated Mississippi State (4-6; 1-5 SEC), 20...

(1) Alabama Rolls Past (10) LSU, 38-17

(1) Alabama Rolls Past (10) LSU, 38-17BananaStock(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Crimson Tide Senior quarterback A.J. McCarron tossed three touchdowns passes and sophomore running back T.J. Yeldon rushed for 133 yards and two scores as (1) Alabama (9-0; 6-0 SEC) rolled past (10) LSU (7-3; 3-3 SEC) S...

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/19/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/19/13Banana Stock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  MLB Playoffs - Game 6 ALCS: Boston Red Sox 5 - Detroit Tigers 2 (Red Sox win series, 4-2) Top 25 College Football:  (1) Alabama 52 (7-0) - Arkansas 0 (3-5) (2) Oregon 62 (7-0) - Washington State 38 (4-4...

(1) Alabama Cruises Past Georgia State, 45-3

(1) Alabama Cruises Past Georgia State, 45-3Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- It was just another typical Saturday for top ranked Alabama as they rolled past Georgia State 45-3 on Saturday to improve to 5-0 on the season. Quarterback A.J. McCarron shined as he completed 15 of 16 pas...

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...

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/28/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/28/13Banana Stock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Top 25 College Football: (1) Alabama 25 (4-0) - (21) Ole Miss 0 (3-1) (2) Oregon 55 (4-0) - California 16 (1-3) (3) Clemson 56 (4-0) - Wake Forest 7 (2-3) (4) Ohio State 31 (5-0) - (23) Wisconsin 24 (3-2) (5...
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