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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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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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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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NCAA Committee Puts an End to Proposed “Slow Play” Rule

NCAA Committee Puts an End to Proposed “Slow Play” RuleStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NCAA Football Rules Committee withdrew a rule proposal that would have put a stop to hurry-up offenses. The 12-member committee unanimously voted Wednesday to not allow the proposed rule to be sent to the ...

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...

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 ...

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

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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...

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. "...

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...

Alabama Ready for Texas A&M

Alabama Ready for Texas A&MStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide remained focused on Texas A&M and not the off-field distractions as Yahoo! Sports reported that former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker received illegal benefits befor...

Alabama Focused on Texas A&M, Not Revenge

Alabama Focused on Texas A&M, Not RevengeFootball Texture/iStockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- It promises to be a big showdown inside College Station on Saturday night when the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide take on the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies. During its quest towards a second consecutive n...

Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore Steps Down

Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore Steps DownStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Longtime University of Alabama athletic director Mal Moore resigned on Wednesday due to health issues. He will stay on with the school as a special assistant to university President Judy Bonner. "As many...

Nick Saban Staying Put at Alabama

Nick Saban Staying Put at AlabamaStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- After winning their third national title in four years, Nick Saban is set on staying with the Crimson Tide, rather than venturing into the NFL again. Saban watched his team shut down the No. 1 Irish...

Alabama Holds Off Georgia, 32-28, Wins SEC Title

Alabama Holds Off Georgia, 32-28, Wins SEC TitleKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Alabama (12-1) will have a date with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the BCS title game come January.  The Crimson Tide held off Georgia (11-2), 32-28 on Saturday to win the SEC title and advance to back-to-b...

No. 4 Alabama Rebounds, Crushes Western Carolina

No. 4 Alabama Rebounds, Crushes Western CarolinaKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Dropped from the undefeated ranks a week ago, No. 4 Alabama got off to a fast start this week en route to a lopsided victory A.J. McCarron set the Alabama single-season touchdown pass record and the Crimso...
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