Projected Alabama depth chart vs Fresno State
After a one-year experiment with a pro-style attack that ultimately cost Gene Chizik his job, Auburn is back to the land of the no-huddle spread offense under Gus Malzahn, who returns to Auburn after a year at Arkansas State. The Tigers hope to return to the glory days of 2010, but to do so, they'll have to do it without a quarterback anywhere near the level of Cam Newton, not to mention a defense that has been in a rut for years and a general lack of playmakers on offense.
South Carolina has been knocking on the door of national relevance for years, but Steve Spurrier hasn't been quite able to get over the last couple of hurdles. Despite a growing talent base in the state, there has been too much competition for the Gamecocks to effectively lock down their backyard and challenge the SEC's best teams. Time is running out for Spurrier, and this team, despite having plenty of talent, looks again to be just a bit short of matching up to Alabama or LSU.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team took a much needed break from the southern heat as the Crimson Tide practiced for two hours in full pads inside the Hank Crisp Practice Facility Thursday afternoon.“Yesterday was particularly hard on the players even though it was not the hottest day,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “I think it is the cumulative effect, so we decided to go inside today to give them a little better opportunity to be able to recover and not be in the heat.
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.
Will Muschamp is fighting for his coaching life at Florida. If the Gators aren't significantly more competitive than they've been the last three years, this will be the end of the line for the animated Muschamp. Unfortunately for him, if the Gators finish at the predicted 7-5 with losses to Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State, it probably won't be enough. On top of that, this team is dealing with massive turnover and uncertainty at several key positions.
Whether Chad Morris gets the chance to enjoy the fruits of his recruiting remains to be seen, because Arkansas truly is one of the least potent teams in the SEC, if not all the Power Five conferences.
Alabama mostly avoided the dreaded injury bug that seems to bite the Crimson Tide in one-sided affairs like this (see: Croyle, Brodie; ref. Western Carolina), although Denzel Devall appeared to tweak an ankle at one point. The starting offense could have scored with nine men on the field if it had wanted to, and the starting defense was never in danger of yielding a touchdown. Georgia State looked just like the transitional Division-IA program that was previewed here earlier in the week.
By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Oct. 28, 2012 The game was billed as a clash of titans, two undefeated juggernauts running headlong into each other's path,...
Alabama’s victory over Western Kentucky was as close to perfect in every way as one could ask for. That’s because it was also as sloppy as chili-covered pizza. Alabama doesn’t arrange its annual schedule by accident. A tough opponent in the first week is there to make the team focus up in fall camp and put some pressure on right out of the gate. Week 2 is typically against a decent opponent, usually overmatched in depth, and the wins are often sloppy and filled with things to work on in practice the following week before the SEC schedule opens up full-bore. In that regard, Nick Saban got exactly what he wanted against Western Kentucky: Alabama won the game, was in peril for all of about 10 minutes of clock time, but committed enough mistakes that it will keep the players busy focusing on their own improvement and not on trying to avenge two consecutive losses to Ole Miss.