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Jumbo Package: In the Portal era, who’s staying is every bit as important as who’s leaving

Jumbo Package: In the Portal era, who’s staying is every bit as important as who’s leaving

Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports And rumors are abounding on some unexpected news We’ve covered Portal losses extensively here over the last week. There is a lot of bad advice being doled out to a lot of players, combined with the “greener pastures”-impatience that NIL has produced — as though FOMO weren’t already a huge enough problem at many positions. But an equally relevant part of that roster equation concerns the 80% or so of players who decided to honor their commitment and stick around. To that end, there is a flurry of rumor abounding regarding two...
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Points in the Paint: Alabama’s turnover bugaboo could pose a big problem against No. 1 Houston

Points in the Paint: Alabama’s turnover bugaboo could pose a big problem against No. 1 Houston

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports Alabama can play the tempo game, but that success is predicated on turnovers. Therein lies the problem. So far, so good, right? Alabama sits at No. 8/10 in the polls, with only a loss to No. 5 UConn blemishing the record. Going into the brutal tilt of Memphis / Gonzaga / Houston, it’s all that Alabama fans could ask for, and far more than most thought plausible with such tremendous roster turnover. Alabama is getting it done with balance — Top 20 offense and defense, aggressive rebounding, aggressive perimeter shooting, and running...
Dec 7, 2022
Recruiting Update: 5-Star Official Visitors for Alabama

Recruiting Update: 5-Star Official Visitors for Alabama

Time to close the deal on Smith and Russaw. | on3.com The Crimson Tide will have four major prospects on campus this weekend. Alabama has played their final game of the season in Tuscaloosa but there is still plenty of football activities happening on campus. For starters, the Crimson Tide will be hosting three 5-star recruits and one up and coming 4-star recruit Dec. 9th-11th. 5-stars DL James Smith #15 and EDGE Qua Russaw #31, both from in Montgomery. Normally, you would not lump two prospects together in one paragraph but these two Carver High School teammates are...
Dec 7, 2022
2022 College Football Awards: Our nod for the Doak Walker Award and Maxwell Award is...

2022 College Football Awards: Our nod for the Doak Walker Award and Maxwell Award is...

Alabama fans are very familiar with these awards Continuing our ballots for the 2022 Postseason Awards (and, more importantly, why): SEC OPOTY, DPOTY, COTY Joe Moore Award (OL) and Outland Trophy (Interior Lineman) The Chuck Bednarik Defensive PotY Jim Thorpe (DB) and Fred Biletnikoff (WR) awards The Doak Walker Award Presented by SMU, the Doak Walker award is meant to “recognize the nation’s premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community.” DeWayne McBride, RB UAB I know what you’re saying:...
Dec 7, 2022
Pay The Man: Alabama Soccer is on the cusp of great things; it’s time to invest in this Staff.

Pay The Man: Alabama Soccer is on the cusp of great things; it’s time to invest in this Staff.

Photo by Eakin Howard/ Wes Hart can potentially build a national power if given the resources Friday evening in Cary, NC the Tide bowed out of the College Cup with a 3-0 loss to the UCLA Bruins. There was some much-complained of officiating, but it was clear that the Bruins were the more seasoned team and just better overall. There’s no shame in losing to a better team. But for Alabama, it can be a learning experience — given this program trajectory, and this season of firsts, no one expects this to be Alabama’s last appearance in the Cup. This year, in a 23-3-1...
Dec 6, 2022
2022 College Football Awards: SEC Performers of the Year

2022 College Football Awards: SEC Performers of the Year

Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports Who were the best in the league? Continuing our ballots for the 2022 College Football Awards. If you missed one: Here’s the Joe Moore Award and Outland Trophy The Chuck Bednarik Defensive PotY Jim Thorpe (DB) and Fred Biletnikoff (WR) awards SEC Offensive Player of the Year Herndon Hooker, QB Tennessee It’s hard to argue with the impact that was had by the super-super Senior portal import out of Virginia Tech — and his production in Knoxville, once given an offense to flourish in, is all the more damning indictment of Justin...
Dec 6, 2022
Random Thoughts: The Rage Mob Wins Again

Random Thoughts: The Rage Mob Wins Again

Weak schedule? No problem. Lose your Conference Championship? Come on down! | Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports All the College Football news, scores, injuries, gaffes, upsets, derps, and snark that you can handle. Despite two of the top four teams losing their conference championship games, the CFP Committee bent to the will of the Twitter rage mob. In the first seven years of the playoff, the committee would thumb their nose at the critics. Now, we have a bunch of weak-willed wimps who are more concerned about handing out participation trophies over what is supposed to be...
Dec 6, 2022
Jumbo Package: Will Anderson wins Nagurski and SEC DPOY, transfer portal has record day

Jumbo Package: Will Anderson wins Nagurski and SEC DPOY, transfer portal has record day

Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports Your latest Crimson Tide news and notes. Happy Tuesday, everyone. Portal season officially kicked off yesterday, and boy was it a doozy. The biggest name on Alabama’s list is Tommy Brockermeyer, though his brother James is apparently sticking around, and the offensive line has seen a mass exodus. Starting left guard Javion Cohen, backup tackles Amari Kight and Damieon George, and backup center Tanner Bowles also intend to transfer. Receivers Traeshon Holden, JoJo Earle and Christian Leary also entered the transfer portal. Holden had...
Dec 5, 2022
2022 College Football Awards: Honoring the Big Uglies up front

2022 College Football Awards: Honoring the Big Uglies up front

Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via What has two thumbs and is jealous? This guy. We’re rattling off our ballots for the 2022 College Football Awards. If you missed previous installments, we’ve hit on: The Chuck Bednarik Defensive PotY Jim Thorpe (DB) and Fred Biletnikoff (WR) awards Today, we’re covering the Large Adult Sons, the linemen. Outland Trophy Peter Skoronski (LT, Northwestern). This is given annually to the nation’s top interior linemen. There were several candidates who stood out this season — a year of excellent OL overall, but only...
Dec 5, 2022
If the 2022 Season had a 12-Team College Football Playoff

If the 2022 Season had a 12-Team College Football Playoff

The best team of the worst conference would be a 3-seed if the 12-team playoff was this year. | Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports Maybe it was time for an expanded playoff, but the seeding is a bunch of malarkey. Beginning in 2024, a 12-team playoff will commence. The controversial format grants automatic bids to the six highest-ranked conference champions, gives first-round byes to the highest ranked four champions, and completes the field with six at-large selections. No at-large can earn a bye. First-round games, between seeds 5 through 12, are to be played on campus or...
Dec 5, 2022
2022 College Football Awards: RBR’s ballot for the Thorpe and Biletnikoff Awards

2022 College Football Awards: RBR’s ballot for the Thorpe and Biletnikoff Awards

Gross | Photo by Donald Page/ Sometimes it sucks to be brutally honest We’re rolling out our ballots for the post-season awards over the next week. If you missed our first one, the Bednarik Award for “most impactful defender,” that one’s over here. Today, we’ll unveil our choice for the people that catch the ball and the guys who have try to stop them — the Biletnikoff Award and the Thorpe Award Biletnikoff Award: The Fred Biletnikoff Award is presented annually to the most outstanding receiver in American college football. Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee Sometimes...
Dec 5, 2022
Jumbo Package: Nick Saban says that keeping players focused was a struggle in 2022

Jumbo Package: Nick Saban says that keeping players focused was a struggle in 2022

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports Your latest Crimson Tide news and notes. Happy Monday, everyone. Alabama is ticketed for New Orleans on New Year’s Day, and Nick Saban spoke about the disappointment of missing the playoff. Alabama suffered two road losses by a combined four points that derailed its championship hopes, along with Young dealing with a shoulder injury in the middle of the year that kept him from practicing. “We probably have to do a much better job of making sure you have great relationships with all your players,” Saban said of what he learned...
Dec 5, 2022
2022 Blog Poll Regular Season Finale — Don’t schedule quality teams; don’t leave your fate to others

2022 Blog Poll Regular Season Finale — Don’t schedule quality teams; don’t leave your fate to others

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ After weeks of whining, access sports media got their wish. After weeks of whining about the unfairness of conference title games by the access sports media — desperate to cover new teams in the playoffs rather than good ones — followed by “upsets” abounding over the weekend, those tasked with writing about the sports news rather than attempting to create it finally had their way: The conference title games were rendered absolutely useless. And their pathetic simpering trickled upwards to those who appointed themselves as sole arbiters of...
Dec 4, 2022
Alabama Crimson Tide to play Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl

Alabama Crimson Tide to play Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Time is a flat circle Well, we get the dreaded Sugar Bowl after barely missing out on playing for the National Title. In 2008, Alabama lost to Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship and wound up playing Utah in the Sugar Bowl. The Tide was flat, unfocused, and it didn’t go well. In 2013, the undefeated Tide lost stupidly to Auburn and fell out of title contention, playing Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. Again, it didn’t go well. The offensive line pretty much took the day off as A.J. McCarron got sacked what felt like 15...
Dec 4, 2022
Alabama ranked 5th in final College Football Playoff ranking

Alabama ranked 5th in final College Football Playoff ranking

Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports The second loss continues to be disqualifying in a 4 team playoff. The College Football Playoff field was announced today and, despite the best efforts of politician extraordinaire Nick Saban, Alabama was the first team out. Georgia, Michigan, TCU and Ohio State will play for the national championship after being chosen for the College Football Playoff on Sunday. After not playing in a conference championship game, the Buckeyes (11-1) moved up one spot following USC’s loss in the Pac-12 title game Friday to give the Big Ten two...