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A-Day Review: Not much has changed in 10 years

By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief April 16, 2016 Saturday’s A-Day spring contest, the 10th of Nick Saban’s Bama career, was as much a time for reflection as it was an opportunity to look forward to the 2016 season. Alabama didn’t pack out Bryant-Denny Stadium, but it did appear to reverse a trend of declining attendance, […]

Five players who need a strong A-Day showing

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By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief April 11, 2016 With Alabama’s second scrimmage in the books, positions that are up for grabs this spring are slowly coming into focus. Five players in particular need to post a solid A-Day performance Saturday in order to mark themselves as the starter heading into fall camp. As QB David […]

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Spring Football: QB battle may follow familiar path

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By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief April 2, 2016 With Alabama’s first spring scrimmage in the books, the best way to evaluate the quarterback battle at this point is to say that everything old is new again. When Alabama said its goodbyes to Jake Coker following its win over Clemson in the National Championship Game in […]

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Spring preview: Tide rebuilding its defense again, but talent is there

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By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief March 5, 2016 Prior to the point at which Jonathan Allen and Tim Williams announced their intent to return to Alabama for their senior seasons, the defensive line was Alabama’s most significant problem spot heading into spring practice. With Allen and Williams back, however, attention turns to the other open […]

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Rating the 2016 SEC recruiting classes

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Rating the 2016 SEC recruiting classes

The addition of Jamar King at the last moment brought Alabama up to a rating of “Excellent” in the “Needs Filled” category; otherwise, it would have been hard to rank the Crimson Tide No. 1 in the country overall over Florida State. Alabama, over the past few years, has finished with at least one position group’s worth of signees somewhere to be called best-in-class; in 2016, Alabama did it for at least one position group and maybe as many as three. Alabama got the nation’s best linebacker haul, picking up three 10.0-rated prospects on Signing Day: Ben Davis, Lyndell Wilson and Terrell Hall. But Alabama also was in the running for best OL class, headed by Jonah Williams

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Recruiting: Alabama’s 2016 class goes the blue-collar route

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Recruiting: Alabama’s 2016 class goes the blue-collar route

Alabama signed seven players who ranked a perfect 10.0 on TideFans.com/NARCAS’s 10-point scale, down from 11 a year ago. Alabama’s 25 signees averaged a rating of 9.79, a bit off last year’s 9.86, which tied for the highest-measured Alabama class in school history, along with the 2012 class. Alabama was able to maintain a high ranking nationally, relative to other top classes, in part due to the lack of concentration of the top available players at any one school.

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Recruiting 2016: Bama’s final attack plan as Signing Day approaches

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By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Jan. 31, 2016 Those who cover college football recruiting have found something as rare as a flawless diamond: Consensus. Consensus, in this case, on a concept – the 2015-2016 recruiting season has been the hardest to predict or analyze in history. Given how many prospects treat another concept – the […]

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Championship wrap-up: Bama defied doubters to bring home title No. 16

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Championship wrap-up: Bama defied doubters to bring home title No. 16

There have been other Nick Saban-coached teams in Tuscaloosa that were expected to win championships; some did, some didn’t. Until it became obvious to everyone just how talented Alabama’s defensive front seven really was, the 2015 Crimson Tide weren’t really considered a title favorite in the preseason. This was going to be a blue-collar team with a lot of flaws. It might still be, but now, it is also champions.

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Clemson preview: Quick start a must as Bama tries to tame emotional Tigers

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Clemson preview: Quick start a must as Bama tries to tame emotional Tigers

The Alabama Crimson Tide is set to play for a national title for the fourth time in the last seven years.

Although that has little to do with the current matchup, such a feat demands to be paid attention. It has been 30 years almost since the Miami Hurricanes appeared ready to run off a similar streak of domination. Nebraska had a brief spike of similar play in the 1990s. But surely, all thought, the days of a handful of teams laying waste to the rest of the competition had come and gone.

Instead, Nick Saban returned to college football after a brief stint in the NFL, and everything old is new again – namely, an Alabama program that once dominated college football in the 1960s and 1970s is again making everyone else hate the program passionately – out of envy.

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Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Clemson

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Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Clemson Disclaimer: This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded. Seniors are in black, juniors previously on the team are in green, junior college transfers in their junior year are in purple, junior college […]

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