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Decision on Grant is more complex than it looks

  By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Feb. 28, 2015 Here we go again. Unfortunately, Alabama finds itself in the same position it was in late in the 2008-2009 season, watching Mark Gottfried coach out the string, knowing that no amount of money, intradepartmental support or good press was going to make an appreciable difference in […]

Rating the SEC recruiting classes

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  By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Feb. 4, 2015 1. Alabama Key signings: CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, WR Calvin Ridley, QB Blake Barnett Underrated: LB Josh McMillon, OL Richie Petitbon Total talent level (Ex, Vg, Av, Fr, Pr): Ex Needs filled: Ex Analysis: Alabama battled Southern Cal for the top spot in this year’s recruiting rankings, […]

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Alabama’s 2015 class goes long on need areas

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  By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Feb. 4, 2015 There was little mystery as to what Alabama’s needs were following the conclusion of the 2014 season. The Crimson Tide needed a talent infusion at inside linebacker, tight end and especially in the secondary, which was torched badly at the end of the year. To that […]

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Recruiting 2015: Position analysis

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  Tide is nearly full, but needs remain By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Jan. 5, 2015 Looking ahead to the 2015 season, Alabama’s expected losses from the 2014 roster range from the moderate to the severe, depending on which players choose to head early to the NFL Draft. Offensively, assuming RB T.J. Yeldon heads to […]

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  By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Jan. 1, 2015 About this time last year, Alabama was finding out that Doug Nussmeier was not the answer as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator. Whether Nussmeier was actually fired, whether he was encouraged to examine other offers, whether his contract simply ran out and was not renewed, is […]

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Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Ohio State

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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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  By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Dec. 25, 2014 Much has been and continues to be made of Urban Meyer and Nick Saban renewing old rivalries in the inaugural semifinal matchup of college football’s new final four playoff. Those stories continually miss the point. Saban and Meyer are unquestionably among the top five coaches currently […]

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The year in review in the SEC

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The year in review in the SEC

Listed here are all 14 SEC teams, split into divisions, with their current records in bold type and our preseason predictions in italic type. And for those who have forgotten TideFans.com’s preseason picks for college football’s inaugural final four playoff, our picks included Florida State in second, Alabama in third and Ohio State in fourth. The team we missed? Read on to find out.

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SECCG wrap-up: Tigers can’t play spoiler to Bama’s storybook run

This may not be the most dominating Alabama team in the school’s long, multi-championship history. But it is one of the most likable.

Every time Nick Saban talks about the 2014 edition of the Crimson Tide, his genuine affection for the team comes flooding out. Unlike the 2013 team, which suffered from leadership-related short circuits on both sides of the ball, the 2014 Alabama team is a strange combination of lunchpail mentality with the quick-strike ability of a coiled rattlesnake. The offense is led by the country’s unlikeliest elite quarterback, who is built like a sawed-off fireplug, runs like a whippet and has an uncanny knack for rising to the occasion.

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SECCG preview: Missouri, like Auburn, is a dangerous breed of Tiger

It’s hard to say how much of a contender Missouri is, given the sorry state of the SEC East. But it’s just as hard to say whether the SEC West’s two breeds of Tigers – the Auburn and LSU varieties – are more dangerous than the ones from the Show-Me State.

Because Missouri’s Tigers have done one thing that neither LSU nor Auburn showed capable of doing in 2014: They took care of business when they had to. Despite getting blown out by Georgia, Missouri managed to find a way to win six straight SEC games to close the season, four of those against bowl teams, three of them on the road. Missouri would be getting national title mentions right now if not for posting arguably the worst – or at least, the costliest – loss of any Power 5 school, a 31-27 jaw-dropper to Indiana.

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