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Giving Away Money 2020: Week 9 picks against the spread to enhance your filthy lucre

Giving Away Money 2020: Week 9 picks against the spread to enhance your filthy lucre

Sticking it to your man like a needle in a balloon factory since 2017 2020 Season: 70-45Last Week: 14-9Mortal Lock of the Week: 7-0 (Was there ever any serious question that the Vols were going to lose by more than 20 points?)What Went Wrong: THE BIG TEN IS ON FIRE! Seriously, what the hell, Michigan? Where was that team the last decade? THE ACC IS ON FIRE! Clemson sucked straight up. Justin Fuente is a fraud. So is Miami for that matter. Texas and Oklahoma looked like Texas and Oklahoma, etc. What Went Right: Told ya’ to stay away from that Penn State game (“Road Franklin is in...
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Alabama Football Film Room: Slade Bolden gets shot at filling in for Jaylen Waddle

Alabama Football Film Room: Slade Bolden gets shot at filling in for Jaylen Waddle

Photo by Kent Gidley/Collegiate Images/ The staff used Bolden in some similar ways to Waddle. There is no actually replacing Jaylen Waddle, of course. He was one of the best receivers in the country and could do so much on offense and special teams. Still, you have to try. After Waddle went down on the opening kickoff, RS sophomore Slade Bolden - who was a member of the Class of 2018 along with Waddle - was immediately inserted into the starting line-up. And he wasn’t just an afterthought, an extra body to fill out the three receivers sets. Bolden drew 7 targets and hauled in 6 of...
Oct 27, 2020
Jumbo Package: Alabama’s options to compensate for loss of Jaylen Waddle

Jumbo Package: Alabama’s options to compensate for loss of Jaylen Waddle

Knoxville News Sentinel-USA TODAY Sports Your latest Crimson Tide news and notes. Happy Tuesday, everyone. The topic du jour is the impact of the Jaylen Waddle injury on the national title race, and two ESPN folks seem to have differing views. “I think it’s over for ‘Bama,” Pollack said on the CFB Podcast with Herbie, Pollack & Neghandi. “I think if you’re just talking about winning a national title, I don’t think they can win a national title without (Waddle). By the way, like, yes — ‘Bama’s recruited at a high level. But you don’t have, like, 4-2...
Oct 27, 2020
Random Thoughts: Welcome to the Party, Pal

Random Thoughts: Welcome to the Party, Pal

Was he in? | Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports An Asterisk in the SEC; Early eliminations in the Big Ten; Struggle from Clemson. The Big Ten pulled up to Nakatomi Plaza this past Saturday and took their fair share of lumps. With their 8+1 seasons, any team not starting with an “O” would probably have to go undefeated. Many a high hope were dashed. The one and only team in the ACC looked pretty mediocre against a horrible team who was boat-raced by Liberty the week before. In the SEC, it was business as usual. Asterisk [ as-tuh-risk ] noun a small starlike symbol (*), used in writing and...
Oct 27, 2020
NSFW: It’s Meltdown Time! Week 5

NSFW: It’s Meltdown Time! Week 5

Photo by Joe Robbins/ The Big Ten joins the party this weekend. The Big Ten joined the college football party this week, and today they make their first appearances in Meltdown Time. First off we have a Penn State fanbase that had thoroughly looked past Indiana in anticipation of next week’s tilt with Ohio State. The Nittany Lions led by one point late, and had just grabbed a turnover deep in Indiana territory. All they needed to do was run the clock. Instead, Indiana correctly parted like the Red Sea and intentionally conceded a touchdown. With a lead, Penn State RB Devyn Ford should...
Oct 26, 2020
Jumbo Package: Najee Harris is outpacing Heisman seasons of Mark Ingram, Derrick Henry

Jumbo Package: Najee Harris is outpacing Heisman seasons of Mark Ingram, Derrick Henry

Photo by Kent Gidley/Collegiate Images/ Your latest Crimson Tide news and notes. Happy Monday, everyone. We all know the events of the weekend, but did you see Jaylen Waddle smoking cigars with his teammates in an ambulance? Cool moment, but dammit. It sucks for the team but so much more for him. He won’t be replaced, but it seems evident that Slade Bolden will likely inherit a near full-time role in the slot. Metchie was Bama’s leading receiver against Tennessee Saturday with 7 catches for 151 yards. Smith didn’t have a great statistical game, though he had impressive receptions...
Oct 26, 2020
“South Carolina fan” is the scariest costume on SEC Shorts

“South Carolina fan” is the scariest costume on SEC Shorts

We know what it’s like to be mired in mediocrity, ‘Cocks. It’s just been a while. The Halloween edition of SEC Shorts features a South Carolina fan showing up to a costume party in his T-shirt, the scariest costume in the joint. Enjoy. You hire Will Muschamp, you get what you get. Roll Tide.
Oct 26, 2020
9 “Waddle-less” graphs from the game vs. Tennessee

9 “Waddle-less” graphs from the game vs. Tennessee

We’re gonna miss this guy. Already do. | John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports The statistical output is similar, but not the same, without Jaylen in the mix div hr.p-entry-hr {border-bottom: 1px solid #e7e7e7;} The player to feature in this week’s main graphing article is obvious. I don’t really want to talk about it, but needless to say: Jaylen Waddle gave some special umph to the scoreboards, highlight reels, and even these here graphs in his three seasons as a Crimson Tide wideout. He’ll be sorely missed, even as we look to replace his production with...
Oct 26, 2020
All the Graphs from Alabama vs Tennessee

All the Graphs from Alabama vs Tennessee

Knoxville News Sentinel-USA TODAY Sports There are some lopsided trends out of this edition of an apparently long-gone rivalry div hr.p-entry-hr {border-bottom: 1px solid #e7e7e7;} .chartOuter { margin-bottom: 32px !important; } Here are all the efficiency and explosiveness charts run for Saturday’s game, when the Alabama Crimson Tide decisively took down the Tennessee Volunteers. Check out the main graphing article if you want statistical highlights and brilliant commentary instead. Not seeing any graphs below? Tap here to fix it. Team Success Rates...
Oct 25, 2020
NSFW BONUS MELTDOWN! Third Saturday Special Edition

NSFW BONUS MELTDOWN! Third Saturday Special Edition

Vols pain, and nothing but Vols pain. As you all know by now, the one program that I despise above all others is Alabama’s actual rival — the only one we light cigars for. I wish nothing but hardship, ineptitude, painful losses, and loathsome outcomes for the Tennessee Volunteers. LSU may have been more momentous over the last 15 years of so, and Auburn matters more to the in-state folks, but this is the one. How much does it matter? I live in Tennessee, and I support local Memphis businesses, but I actively go out of my way to avoid non-901 companies chartered in this state. I have...
Oct 25, 2020
COMMIT: Oh, Yeah! Alabama Gets Kool-Aid

COMMIT: Oh, Yeah! Alabama Gets Kool-Aid

The Crimson Tide picks up a huge commitment from a 5-star in a position of need. At the conclusion of the 2020-21 college football season, Alabama will likely be losing All-SEC cornerback Patrick Surtain II to the NFL Draft. Depending on how he grades out, the Crimson Tide could lose Josh Jobe as well. Should that happen, 5-star cornerback Ga’Quincy “Kool Aid” McKinstry should help fill that void nicely. Possesses a lean build with good length and stature for a cornerback. Tested as a good athlete prior to his junior season and should continue making progress on that front as he...
Oct 25, 2020
Melancholy Tide rolls over Vols

Melancholy Tide rolls over Vols

Photo by Kent Gidley/Collegiate Images/ Alabama’s loaded offense and improving defense got the job done in Knoxville. After a horrendous start that saw superstar WR Jaylen Waddle end his Alabama career with a broken ankle, the Tide forged on with a workmanlike effort to dismantle Tennessee in Knoxville. Seeing Waddle go down was heartbreaking, particularly on such an insignificant play. That was the only kick return the Tide attempted on Saturday, and oh to be able to go back in time and have him fair catch the ball. That’s isn’t Waddle’s game, of course. Returning kicks will...
Oct 25, 2020
Who Needs A Blog Poll 2020: Week 8 — Welcome to the show, Big 10

Who Needs A Blog Poll 2020: Week 8 — Welcome to the show, Big 10

Photo by Kent Gidley/Collegiate Images/ Alabama is still on top, but will they stay there? Here is this week’s blog poll, with just a few observations per conference, since we’ve got a lot of new faces: In the Midmajors: Memphis at Cincinnati next week is going to determine who wins the AAC. They’ve played by far the best, especially Cincy. In the Fun Belt and C-USA, Coastal Carolina, Marshall, and Appalachian State have looked really, really good — particularly Coastal and Marshall. UAB won’t lose another game this season either. SMU also played a lot better than the final...
Oct 24, 2020
Third Saturday Victory Thread — Alabama destroys Tennessee, but leaves Knoxville as a diminished team

Third Saturday Victory Thread — Alabama destroys Tennessee, but leaves Knoxville as a diminished team

Photo by Kent Gidley/Collegiate Images/ Is anyone in the mood to celebrate? An ass-kicking of the Vols using a vanilla scheme of about a dozen plays on both sides of the ledger should always be reason to celebrate. But, there’s a bad taste from this one that is going to linger...and perhaps come back to haunt the Tide, as for yet another season, Alabama has lost its single best player and generational talent. We’re not going to rehash the Jaylen Waddle injury. It’s safe to say that his loss diminishes this offense in ways that are obvious (Bolden’s drop in the end zone on a...
Oct 24, 2020
Alabama vs Tennessee Football: Second Half Open Thread

Alabama vs Tennessee Football: Second Half Open Thread

Photo by UA Athletics/Collegiate Images/ 28-10 at the half in a weird game The big news in this game was Jaylen Waddle twisting his ankle on the opening kick off and immediately getting carted to the locker room. He’s since been shipped off to the hospital, and it sounds like his season is over. Alabama’s offense has been great yet again, particularly on the ground. Najee Harris and Brian Robinson have been pretty much unstoppable, while John Metchie has been catching deep shots in double coverage all game long. Even Waddle’s replacement, Slade Bolden, has over 80 yards in his...