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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

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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Clemson preview: Quick start a must as Bama tries to tame emotional Tigers

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Clemson preview: Quick start a must as Bama tries to tame emotional Tigers

The Alabama Crimson Tide is set to play for a national title for the fourth time in the last seven years.

Although that has little to do with the current matchup, such a feat demands to be paid attention. It has been 30 years almost since the Miami Hurricanes appeared ready to run off a similar streak of domination. Nebraska had a brief spike of similar play in the 1990s. But surely, all thought, the days of a handful of teams laying waste to the rest of the competition had come and gone.

Instead, Nick Saban returned to college football after a brief stint in the NFL, and everything old is new again – namely, an Alabama program that once dominated college football in the 1960s and 1970s is again making everyone else hate the program passionately – out of envy.

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MSU wrap-up: Spartans sell out to stop Henry, forget about rest of UA’s team

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MSU wrap-up: Spartans sell out to stop Henry, forget about rest of UA’s team

Faced with the task of stopping Alabama’s balanced, efficient offense, Michigan State made the understandable call to sell out to stop Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry and force Alabama to put the game in QB Jake Coker’s hands.

Three hours later, Michigan State coaches were asking for a mulligan.

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MSU preview: Bama, Spartans both looking to bury old demons

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MSU preview: Bama, Spartans both looking to bury old demons

For this year’s playoff opener, Alabama has drawn Michigan State, coached by former Nick Saban cohort Mark Dantonio. The last time Alabama saw Michigan State, the Crimson Tide put a shellacking on the Spartans, 49-7, in what was essentially a meaningless Citrus Bowl. The game came at the end of the 2010 season, arguably the most frustrating season in Alabama history, thanks to the Cam Newton-led Auburn Tigers winning that school’s second national championship over Oregon.

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Smart to UGA may affect Bama’s succession plan

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Smart to UGA may affect Bama’s succession plan

Operating from the assumption that all successful businesses invest time in developing a succession plan, the hiring of Kirby Smart at Georgia made a royal foul-up of what was most likely Alabama’s end game regarding Nick Saban’s eventual retirement.

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SECCG wrap-up: Bama plays to its strengths, takes advantage of Gator errors

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SECCG wrap-up: Bama plays to its strengths, takes advantage of Gator errors

As gameplans go, the one Alabama used to defeat Florida for the 25th SEC championship in school history was stunningly simple: Alabama would use its defense to choke the life out of an anemic offense forced to work behind a thin, under-talented offensive line. Then the Crimson Tide would feed Florida a steady dose of Derrick Henry until the Gators wilted under the constant pressure.

Sometimes, gameplans don’t play out the way they’re put together on chalkboards. But this one did.

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SECCG Preview: Gators have the defense, but offense is offensive

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SECCG Preview: Gators have the defense, but offense is offensive

When Will Grier failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs after Florida’s sixth game of the season, the Gators were forced to turn to former starter Treon Harris.

Few people could have expected the results.

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