SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 13

Alabama-Auburn is the no-contest leader for game of the week, but South Carolina-Clemson has Final Four implications, and several games (Missouri-Arkansas for one) could have employment implications for head coaches.
Nov 18, 2017; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Irv Smith Jr. (82) scores a touchdown against the Mercer Bears during the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Mercer wrap-up: Hard to find fault with total domination

If the main goal coming out of Alabama’s game against Mercer Saturday was to avoid major injuries, Alabama checked off that box. If the goal was to give linebacker Dylan Moses as many snaps as possible to prepare him for Auburn, the Crimson Tide was able to do that, as well.
Sep 16, 2017; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers linebacker Deshaun Davis (57) tackles Mercer Bears running back Tee Mitchell (28) during the third quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Mercer preview: Wounded Alabama hopes for a Mercer-ful respite before Auburn game

Mercer, a school whose program lay dormant from 1942 to 2013, is a Southern Conference member of the former Division-IAA, now called FCS. The Bears are 5-5 in 2017, put a small scare into Auburn earlier in the year, and lost by just 1 point to Wofford, which now sits at 9-1 and leads the Southern Conference standings.
Nov 11, 2017; Starkville, MS, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Josh Jacobs (8) runs the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the fourth quarter at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Mercer

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

SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 12

By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Nov. 15, 2017 Last week’s record: 7-1 (87.5%) Season record: 80-13 (86.0%) Not like it hasn’t happened before, but the way in which Auburn...
Nov 11, 2017; Starkville, MS, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the fourth quarter at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

MSU wrap-up: Hurts cementing legacy as a clutch QB

Alabama’s Jalen Hurts accounted for nearly 100 total yards on his own in the fourth quarter (and the total would have been more than 100, if college football didn’t take sack yardage down from rushing totals), led two touchdown drives and another drive that ended when Andy Pappanastos’ field goal attempt bounced off the left upright. More or less, Hurts did the same thing to Mississippi State that he did to Clemson in last year’s national championship game, except this time the defense held the opposition out of the end zone in the end.
Oct 21, 2017; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen during the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

MSU preview: Bulldogs can be explosive, but can also self-destruct

Prior to Mississippi State’s 34-23 win over UMass last week, the Bulldogs hadn’t played a single game this year that didn’t end in a blowout. The Bulldogs had six wins, the closest margin of which was 21 points in a thumping of Texas A&M. The Bulldogs also had two losses, which came by 28 and 39 points.

Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Mississippi State

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....
Sep 3, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; The SEC logo on the chains during a game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the UCLA Bruins at Kyle Field. Texas A&M won in overtime 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 11

This week’s slate of games is headlined by Auburn-Georgia, but there are a couple of other good ones on the list, including a Missouri-Tennessee game that might ultimately decide bowl eligibility.
Nov 4, 2017; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) lay on the field during the first quarter against the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

LSU wrap-up: Bama’s victory may have been of the Pyrrhic variety

This game was war. It began with paratroopers jumping into Bryant-Denny Stadium to deliver the game ball. By the time the game got to the fourth quarter, Alabama was looking to dig trenches and hunker down.

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