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Auburn preview: Tigers have been effective in the spoiler role

  By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Nov. 24, 2014 If there’s a box Nick Saban has yet to fully check off at Alabama, it’s the one marked “dominate one’s in-state rival.” Despite talking about dominating Auburn “365 days a year” in his introductory press conference, it just hasn’t happened. In Saban’s seven seasons at Alabama, […]

Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Auburn

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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 transfers in their sophomore year are in […]

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 14

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  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Nov. 24, 2014 Last week’s record: 7-1 (87.5%) Season record: 78-24 (76.5%) The Predictions Dept. had a nice Week 13, setting up the final week of the regular season and our last chance to significantly improve our mediocre season mark. The top games this week are no doubt the […]

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  By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Nov. 23, 2014 Let’s just be honest about it: Western Carolina was paid to lose. No, Alabama didn’t have an under-the-table deal. No Division-IA school ever does when it hosts a Division-IAA school. Michigan certainly didn’t when then-D1AA Appalachian State upset the Wolverines in Ann Arbor and ultimately cost […]

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  By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Nov. 18, 2014 After back-to-back critical games against LSU and Mississippi State, and with the Auburn game looming in two weeks, Alabama may be looking at this week’s game against Western Carolina as somewhat of a break. And that’s probably the right idea. Nick Saban might pull his hair […]

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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 transfers in their sophomore year are in […]

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 13

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  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Nov. 18, 2014 Last week’s record: 2-4 (33.3%) Season record: 71-23 (75.5%) After a one-loss Week 12, the Predictions Dept. took another tumble in Week 13 in what has been a decidedly poor season for picks. Only Alabama and Tennessee cooperated, with the rest of the week’s games conspiring […]

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MSU wrap-up: Tide coming together at the right time

Given that top-ranked Mississippi State was an underdog in Saturday’s game, it would be incorrect to call this Alabama win an upset.

It would, however, be appropriate for college football’s new Playoff Committee to finally acknowledge what the oddsmakers were trying to tell them beforehand: Alabama is probably the best, most complete team in college football right now.

Oregon will probably claim its high-flying offense makes it the most dangerous; Florida State can point to Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and its undefeated record and claim it’s the best team in the land. But Alabama is beginning to win games with defense, sort of an anachronism in today’s college football world, and as de rigueur as high-powered offenses are at the moment, a strong defense beats a strong offense most of time, as much as that might chafe those in an around the sport that have become addicted to points.

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MSU preview: For perhaps the first time ever, Bama is the hunter, not the hunted

Alabama is coming off its annual exposure to trench warfare, otherwise known as the LSU game, and the results were almost too terrible to imagine. Alabama needed a last-minute, game-tying drive and an overtime period to defeat the Bayou Bengals, and the Tide’s reward is a date with a Bulldog team that is more dynamic offensively, has better speed at the quarterback position and who spent last week toying with UT-Martin.

If this game was being played in Starkville, it would be even more of a circus than it figures to be in Tuscaloosa. But with Alabama’s home-field performances being so strong in 2014, the top concern might not be Mississippi State, but the annual post-LSU hangover from which the Crimson Tide always seems to suffer.

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Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. MSU

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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 transfers in their sophomore year are in […]

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