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MSU wrap-up: Tide coming together at the right time

MSU wrap-up: Tide coming together at the right time

Given that top-ranked Mississippi State was an underdog in Saturday’s game, it would be incorrect to call this Alabama win an upset.

It would, however, be appropriate for college football’s new Playoff Committee to finally acknowledge what the oddsmakers were trying to tell them beforehand: Alabama is probably the best, most complete team in college football right now.

Oregon will probably claim its high-flying offense makes it the most dangerous; Florida State can point to Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and its undefeated record and claim it’s the best team in the land. But Alabama is beginning to win games with defense, sort of an anachronism in today’s college football world, and as de rigueur as high-powered offenses are at the moment, a strong defense beats a strong offense most of time, as much as that might chafe those in an around the sport that have become addicted to points.

2014 Previews: Rating the Units

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2014 Previews: Rating the Units

While college football might be a numbers game to some, putting objective numbers down to predict a team’s chances in the upcoming season can be a challenge – some say impossible.

The system we present to you tries to do the impossible. What follows is a ranking of every position group of every team in the SEC, and we try to make the results as objective as we can.

Via a process that first went to press nine years ago, TideFans/NARCAS expanded its rating system beyond the simple six-class system employed in the past. In all 14 SEC previews, you’ll notice eight unit divisions – quarterbacks (QB), running backs (RB), wide receivers and tight ends (WR), offensive line (OL), defensive line (DL), linebackers (LB), defensive backs (DB) and kickers, punters, return men and coverage units (ST, for special teams).

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Sugar Bowl preview: Tide must ignore waves of disappointment to beat Sooners

The 2008 Crimson Tide team opened the season with 12 straight victories, only to lose a potential national title shot at the hands of Florida and quarterback Tim Tebow in the SEC Championship Game. While Alabama was admittedly ahead of schedule in even getting to the game in the first place, the loss was still a bitter pill and served as motivation for the entire 2009 year. Highlights of the 2009 SEC Championship Game, for instance, make their appearance in Alabama’s pregame video under the headline “Redemption.”

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Sources say Saban, Bama are close on contract

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Sources say Saban, Bama are close on contract

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source told TideFans.com that Alabama and Saban have agreed in principle to terms on a deal. The contract would be for multiple years and would include a raise from his current deal, which pays him around $5.5 million annually. While exact figures were not yet known, the raise was described as “significant” and is all but certain to make Saban the first college football coach earning more than $6 million per year.

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2013 Fall Previews: Georgia Bulldogs

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2013 Fall Previews: Georgia Bulldogs

The Bulldogs finally put it all together in 2012 and came less than 5 yards away from beating Alabama and getting a shot at a national championship. For 2013, Georgia returns virtually its entire offense from 2012, but there is trouble on the defensive side of the ball, and special teams must be improved. Georgia badly wants a rematch with Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, but the Bulldogs have tended to lose focus at times during the regular season under Mark Richt’s watch. A young defense will only make that task a more difficult one for Richt and his assistants to correct.

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SEC previews and predictions: Week 14

Tennessee’s collapse against Kentucky will likely prove to be the pick that cost the Predictions Dept. a 90-percent success rate in 2011. Even with a correct prediction in this week’s SEC Championship Game, the best the Dept. can record is 89.7% for the year. Still, this has been the best season ever for the Predictions Dept., and we’ve had fun along the way. Now, our prediction for the SEC Championship Game.

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[Guest Commentary] 20 Years In The Making: Ranking The SEC Championship Games

The 20th SEC Championship game will be played this December in Atlanta, so today we take a look back and rank the 19 previous games from worst to first.

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