Dec 7, 2017; Knoxville, TN, USA; University of Tennessee Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer (left) introduces Jeremy Pruitt (right) during his introduction ceremony as Tennessee's next head football coach at the Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK

Pruitt’s departure for UT could have long-term consequences

One of these days, Alabama fans will have to confront the reality that Nick Saban can’t coach the Alabama Crimson Tide forever.
Dec 4, 2016; Grapevine, TX, USA; College football playoff selection committee chairman Kirby Hocutt speaks to the media during selection Sunday at the Gaylord Texan Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

CFP committee did what it was chartered to do: Get 4 best teams

When the BCS ranking system was scuttled in favor of the College Football Playoff committee following the 2013 season, the presumption is that the change was made specifically to keep another 2011 from happening.
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CFP 2018 – #4 Alabama vs #1 Clemson – Game Gear Available!

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We’re In! College Football Playoffs 2018!

Alabama selected as #4 team in the CFP 2018
Oct 14, 2017; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers former head coach Phillip Fulmer during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

UT madness hints at even greater problems beneath the surface

When the sun rose Friday, it found Ole Miss facing the NCAA Committee on Infractions, and Phil Fulmer was headed back to Tennessee to run the football program.
Jul 13, 2017; Hoover, AL, USA; Ole Miss Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze speaks to media during SEC Media Days at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Winfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA’s message might as well be, “Go ahead, everybody cheat”

For anyone who was expecting Ole Miss to get hammered by the NCAA this morning, the sound of the words “13 scholarships lost” had the same effect as a tornado siren going off in the middle of a shopping mall: stunned silence, then a rush to find a safe space.
Nov 11, 2017; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn greets Georgia head coach Kirby Smart after the NCAA football game between Auburn and Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser via USA TODAY Sports

SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 14 (and a look at the CFP)

The Predictions Dept. got out of Rivalry Week with a 6-3 record, which is not a terrible mark overall. Unfortunately, one of those three losses was the pick of the Alabama-Auburn game, which has now forced Alabama to enlist the help of TCU or Ohio State to reach the College Football Playoff. Otherwise, it appears Alabama will be headed for an Orange Bowl matchup in a game few Bama fans will likely choose to attend.

Auburn wrap-up: When a trend becomes a pattern, self-examination must follow

By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Nov. 26, 2017 For the third time in eight years, Auburn walks away from the Alabama-Auburn game not just a winner, but...
Nov 18, 2017; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Kerryon Johnson (21) ducks as quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) throws a pass against the UL Monroe Warhawks during the third quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers beat the Warhawks 42-14. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn preview: Alabama gets its toughest test where it least wants to see it

If there has been one thing regarding SEC football that seems out of place in this era of Nick Saban’s domination at Alabama, it’s been that Auburn has not only survived in Alabama’s shadow, but thrived. Auburn has won a national title (2010), played for it a second time (2013), and if Auburn beats Alabama this week and Georgia a second time in the SEC Championship Game, the Tigers seem all but assured of representing the SEC as a two-loss hopeful in this year’s final four.

Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Auburn

Disclaimer: This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded....

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