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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 7

The Predictions Dept. scored its second consecutive undefeated week, with the pick in the LSU-Florida game being pushed back along with the game itself. This week’s primary attraction is Alabama-Tennessee, but Ole Miss and Arkansas will battle in an interesting SEC West tilt while Mississippi State faces BYU in one very weird interregional matchup.
Oct 22, 2016; Lexington, KY, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen reacts to a call during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

MSU preview: Suddenly, Bulldogs have everyone’s attention

Alabama opened as a four-touchdown favorite in this game, and with the kickoff at 11 a.m., Mississippi State is hamstrung even further as the road team. Still, Texas A&M was ranked No. 4 in the country, and the Bulldogs slayed them. Alabama can’t treat this game as part one of a two-part walkover leading up to its game against Auburn.
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Alums ESPN host Rece Davis and Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney chat after Clemson defeats the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson wrap-up: Tide loses a heartbreaker on 2 controversial TDs

Alabama’s bid to win a second straight national championship fell short thanks to a combination of injuries, a lack of depth on its defensive line that finally came to a head and the struggles of a true freshman quarterback who seemed to run out of gas a bit down the season’s stretch.
Apr 16, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) attempts to get away from Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Eddie Jackson (4) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

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.
Oct 15, 2016; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio (14) huddles up with teammates to call a play against the Missouri Tigers during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Missouri Tigers 40-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

SECCG preview: Hobbled Gators are living on a prayer offensively

There is a lot of familiarity between these two teams, thanks mostly to Florida hiring former Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain as head coach, who subsequently attracted former Bama staffers Doug Nussmeier, Geoff Collins and Chris Rumph. The end result is that Alabama will have a hard time surprising Florida, and with the Gators’ defense a tough customer, expect this one to be close at least until the final quarter. Alabama will need to force Florida to make mistakes in order to avoid a low-scoring stalemate.
Dec 13, 2016; Boca Raton, FL, USA; A general view of the scoreboard welcoming new Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Lane Kiffin at FAU Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

With Kiffin leaving, what happens to Bama’s identity?

If you were shocked by Lane Kiffin leaving Alabama for the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic – which if initial reports are accurate, may have actually resulted in a pay cut – don’t be.
Sep 10, 2016; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels cheerleaders during the first half against the Wofford Terriers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Spring preview: Tide rebuilding its defense again, but talent is there

By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief March 5, 2016 Prior to the point at which Jonathan Allen and Tim Williams announced their intent to return to Alabama for...
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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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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 4

This week, several good games dot the schedule, including three matchups in which both SEC teams are ranked.

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