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

By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Aug. 31, 2016 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. There are tons of questions surrounding the Southern California program; the Trojans have what amounts to an […]

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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Previews 2016: Alabama Crimson Tide

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Previews 2016: Alabama Crimson Tide

Defending national champions once again, Alabama looks even better on paper heading into 2016 than it did before the 2015 season started. But like last year, Alabama must replace key cogs in the machine, most notably quarterback, along with the core of its defense. Attrition that was heavy even by Alabama standards could play a factor in the team’s season outlook.

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Looking back at the Class of 2011

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Looking back at the Class of 2011

The mark of a “great” class, five years after the fact, is generally considered appropriate when between 55 to 60 percent of the class becomes a front-line contributor at some point over the course of their career (“front-line contributor” defined as being a starter, or a second-teamer with a key role). ere’s a breakdown of the individual players represented in the 2011 class. Players are listed in the order in which they were ranked by TideFans/NARCAS on National Signing Day in 2011.

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

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

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, solidly packing the 60,000-seat lower bowl, most of the west upper decks, and scattering enough fans through the remaining three decks to lead the school to announce attendance at 76,212 – which may have been even a conservative estimate.

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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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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 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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Cold weather can’t stop the celebration of #16

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Cold weather can’t stop the celebration of #16

Cold weather in Tuscaloosa on Saturday didn’t stop Coach Nick Saban, his players, and the thousands of fans who showed up to celebrate Alabama’s sixteenth national championship. Here are some pictures from the celebration.

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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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