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Rating the 2016 SEC recruiting classes

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

This week in the SEC: Almost halftime, so let’s check the highlights

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Player of the half-year: Tyler Ulis, Kentucky – The 5-foot-9 sophomore point guard is the glue keeping the mercurial Wildcats together. His statistics (16.1 points, 6.2 rebounds per game) don’t capture the whole story of the energy he brings to the lineup, the superior decisions he makes and the grit he shows racking up more minutes than John Calipari would like.

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This Week In The SEC: The league wanted a challenge, and boy has it got one

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Jan. 26, 2016 The SEC has been asking for a showcase event to prove it belongs in the ranks of the elite basketball conferences. Ready or not, it gets its wish Saturday. The Big 12-SEC Challenge takes place for the third time, but feels like a new creation. Where previous […]

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Auburn 83, Alabama 77: Obasohan lone bright spot in bitter loss

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Auburn 83, Alabama 77: Obasohan lone bright spot in bitter loss

Without Obasohan this team would be doomed to a losing record – and might be anyway. Credit to Auburn, which rode the momentum of its second (and final?) home sellout of the season and dust off all your favorite clichés about rivalries, but this is the first time Johnson’s team has lost against an opponent that didn’t have a clear talent advantage. Auburn is now 3-3 in the SEC, but still just 9-8 overall and unlikely to reach the postseason with a paper-thin bench and over-reliance on 3-pointers.

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All eyes on 3-point arc as Tide, Tigers resume hardwood grudge

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All eyes on 3-point arc as Tide, Tigers resume hardwood grudge

Perimeter defense. The Tigers live and die at the arc, leading the SEC in 3-point attempts (25.8 per game) and makes (9.7). Marshall transfer Kareem Canty has become Auburn’s go-to player, averaging 19 points per game and making just under four treys per game.

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This Week In The SEC: Suddenly no one’s afraid of big bad Big Blue

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Jan. 19, 2016 Kentucky is in fine shape for the conference race, or it least it would be in the ACC. Back in the Southeastern Conference though, the No. 23 Wildcats are mired in the middle of the pack with a 3-2 record. Big Blue Nation is in a state […]

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This Week In The SEC: The S.S. Commodore is now a plague ship

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com Staff Jan. 12, 2016 Everything and everybody said this was Vanderbilt’s year. After three straight years of NCAA Tournament misses, the Commodores were a trendy preseason Top 25 pick, a consensus top three pick in the SEC and a potential threat to Kentucky’s designs on back-to-back conference crowns. With virtually everyone […]

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This Week In The SEC: The force (finally) awakens at LSU

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LSU still has a modest record, but the Tigers have a chance to revive their at-large tournament hopes. They have five games against the league’s three ranked teams, beginning with tonight’s visit from No. 9 Kentucky, and also host No. 2 Oklahoma at the end of the month.

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Auburn wrap-up: Bama starts with Kick Five, ends with ‘Tractor’ pull

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Auburn wrap-up: Bama starts with Kick Five, ends with ‘Tractor’ pull

By the time Derrick Henry strolled into the end zone to keep his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown alive, the 80th meeting of Alabama and Auburn was already decided.

Auburn knew it, Alabama knew it, the fans knew it, the rest of the college football world knew it. But Henry was going to leave one final image in the minds of those who will vote on the Heisman Trophy next month.

Henry broke several school and Alabama-Auburn game records Saturday evening, the most impressive being a record of endurance: Henry carried 46 times for 271 yards and a touchdown. Some teams don’t get 46 snaps in a game.

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Auburn preview: Tide tries to avoid trap at Jordan-Hare

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Auburn preview: Tide tries to avoid trap at Jordan-Hare

Alabama’s path to college football’s Final Four is clear. But even the clearest of paths can encounter an obstruction during a trip to Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.

For all the talk about throwing out record books, the better team usually wins this game. Notable exceptions have been in 2013 (Kick Six) and 1984 (Wrong Way Bo). That’s the thing about this rivalry: Games are named after their defining plays, and are replayed for decades to come as if they just happened last week.

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