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Kentucky preview: Wildcats have been a bust so far in 2016

By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Sept. 28, 2016 This was supposed to be the year that Mark Stoops’ Kentucky Wildcats turned the corner. And perhaps they did – only to get hit by a truck coming around that corner. Kentucky has won its last two games, sure … late, against woeful New Mexico State, and […]

KSU wrap-up: Bama beats the heat, Golden Flashes in 48-0 rout

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KSU wrap-up: Bama beats the heat, Golden Flashes in 48-0 rout

Alabama defeated a poor KSU team 48-0, running up a 41-0 halftime score before having mercy on Nick Saban’s alma mater. Alabama played four quarterbacks and several walk-ons made the participation chart, including a couple that made career debuts. But early in the game, Alabama had a harder time escaping the attention of team doctors than it did the Kent State defense’s grasp.

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KSU preview: Bama hopes to build depth against Golden Flashes

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KSU preview: Bama hopes to build depth against Golden Flashes

Alabama was beaten up a bit against Ole Miss, and could be without the services of three or four starters as a preventative measure. It shouldn’t matter, though, as Kent State may finish the year as one of the worst teams in the old Division-IA.

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Ole Miss recap: Nothing normal about Bama’s big win in Oxford

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Ole Miss recap: Nothing normal about Bama’s big win in Oxford

On a day when the list of people needing medical treatment for cramps probably included SEC replay official John Bible, Alabama snatched victory from the jaws of defeat before nearly handing it back.

For whatever reason, Ole Miss can struggle against teams much lesser than Alabama, but when the Crimson Tide comes to town (or when Ole Miss visits Tuscaloosa), the Rebels seem to be the one team in America that doesn’t wilt like yesterday’s daylily.

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Ole Miss preview: Bama trying to keep anomaly from becoming a trend

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Ole Miss preview: Bama trying to keep anomaly from becoming a trend

This game is more about just a win or a loss. It’s about not putting oneself in a position to have to hope for miracles. It’s also about not losing three times in a row to a historical conference also-ran that only recently has achieved status as a contender – and, perhaps not coincidentally, is battling the NCAA over alleged recruiting violations.

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WKU wrap-up: Sloppy win gives Saban a gold mine of teaching opportunities

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WKU wrap-up: Sloppy win gives Saban a gold mine of teaching opportunities

Alabama’s victory over Western Kentucky was as close to perfect in every way as one could ask for.

That’s because it was also as sloppy as chili-covered pizza.

Alabama doesn’t arrange its annual schedule by accident. A tough opponent in the first week is there to make the team focus up in fall camp and put some pressure on right out of the gate. Week 2 is typically against a decent opponent, usually overmatched in depth, and the wins are often sloppy and filled with things to work on in practice the following week before the SEC schedule opens up full-bore.

In that regard, Nick Saban got exactly what he wanted against Western Kentucky: Alabama won the game, was in peril for all of about 10 minutes of clock time, but committed enough mistakes that it will keep the players busy focusing on their own improvement and not on trying to avenge two consecutive losses to Ole Miss.

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WKU preview: Alabama gets tougher-than-usual test for game No. 2

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WKU preview: Alabama gets tougher-than-usual test for game No. 2

Western Kentucky will likely be a bowl team in 2016, and could actually win 10 regular season games with its schedule. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 46-14 win over Rice in which WKU displayed impressive offensive prowess, particularly in the passing game. If Alabama tries to sleepwalk through this game, as it has been wont to do in the second weeks of past years, this game could get uncomfortable.

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USC Wrap-up: Tide makes a very good team look out of its league

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USC Wrap-up: Tide makes a very good team look out of its league

Alabama trailed 3-0 thanks to a rough first quarter that, hopefully, consolidated all of Alabama’s freshman mistakes into a single, 15-minute block of time. The Crimson Tide then opened up both barrels and blasted the Trojans right out of the discussion of national title contenders.

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USC Preview: This may be Alabama’s toughest opening-day test yet

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USC Preview: This may be Alabama’s toughest opening-day test yet

In most of his seasons in Tuscaloosa, Nick Saban has preferred to schedule a quality opponent for Alabama’s first game of the season. This time, he may have outdone himself. … As it stands, thanks to the talent on hand at USC, Alabama is facing perhaps its toughest opening-day assignment of the Nick Saban era.

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Previews 2016: Florida, Georgia and Kentucky

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Previews 2016: Florida, Georgia and Kentucky

Gators lost more to graduation than they gained in recruiting…Kirby Smart has come back to his alma mater, Georgia, as head coach…If Kentucky posts another losing record, Stoops will most likely be given his walking papers.

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