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Arkansas wrap-up: Tide’s biggest opponent is complacency

Arkansas wrap-up: Tide’s biggest opponent is complacency

Against Arkansas, Alabama mixed in a complacent second quarter with three solid quarters of football and beat an overmatched Arkansas team 41-9, coming within one missed Razorback PAT from matching exactly TideFans.com’s predicted score in our preview. It wasn’t a win that’s going to win any style points, but style points don’t matter for Alabama, who has a guaranteed spot in the final four so long as it keeps winning. Alabama kept things simple, didn’t show much to future opponents and just bludgeoned poor Arkansas into pork soup.

Arkansas preview: Hogs lack the horses to hang with Bama

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Arkansas preview: Hogs lack the horses to hang with Bama

Texas A&M had enough raw talent, moxie and sense of duty and loyalty to the head coach to make life interesting for Alabama last week.

Arkansas does not. Or, at least, it shouldn’t.

There’s not an easy way to talk about mismatches that occur within the borders of the conference without sounding condescending, but a cursory look at where certain teams fall in the five-year rolling average for recruiting rankings tells the story. In Texas A&M’s case, the Aggies have been in the top third of SEC classes most of those years. For Arkansas, getting out of the bottom third even one out of five times has be

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Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Arkansas

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Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Arkansas

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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SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 7

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SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 7

Thank the two circuses currently operating in Gainesville and Baton Rouge for spoiling the Predictions Dept.’s perfect record last week. Florida almost pulled off the win but somehow that ol’ Orgeron voodoo was too tough to cure. This week, Florida again finds itself in one of the SEC’s key games, facing a Texas A&M squad that acquitted itself well against Alabama in College Station.

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Texas A&M wrap-up: Win holds some positives, but only if Alabama learns from the negatives

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Texas A&M wrap-up: Win holds some positives, but only if Alabama learns from the negatives

Alabama football is about competing for national championships, not just having solid seasons. For teams that aspire to the level of “good,” a win like Alabama’s 27-19 triumph over Texas A&M would be something to brag about.
For Alabama, this was a step backward, maybe more.

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Texas A&M Preview: Danger level depends on how one views UCLA loss

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Texas A&M Preview: Danger level depends on how one views UCLA loss

Kevin Sumlin is probably not worth the steep buyout he negotiated for himself with his employer, Texas A&M. But Sumlin – and his team – are likely better than most would admit.

The question is, is this team good enough to beat Alabama at home?

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Ole Miss wrap-up: Somehow, Alabama manages to improve on Vandy rout

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Ole Miss wrap-up: Somehow, Alabama manages to improve on Vandy rout

Alabama somehow managed to actually improve upon its performance against Vanderbilt, thrashing a better (than Vandy) opponent by a greater margin of victory, 66-3. If Alabama improves again on that margin of victory next week at Texas A&M, the Aggie board of regents might fire Kevin Sumlin between quarters.

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Ole Miss preview: Time for Alabama to figure this Rebel team out

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Ole Miss preview: Time for Alabama to figure this Rebel team out

Despite a victory over Ole Miss last year in Oxford, Nick Saban still uses the qualifier “two of the last three games” when discussing the Rebels and their ability to wreak havoc in games against Alabama.

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SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 5

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SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 5

The Predictions Dept. got back in the saddle with its third perfect week in four tries, but there is ground to be made up following the 5-5 debacle of Week 3. For Week 5, Alabama may have the game of the week, facing an Ole Miss team that has given the Crimson Tide fits in recent years. Georgia faces Tennessee and Auburn takes on Mississippi State in other key matchups.

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Vanderbilt wrap-up: Alabama wishes they could all go like this

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Vanderbilt wrap-up: Alabama wishes they could all go like this

By the early stages of the second quarter, it was clear Vanderbilt wasn’t ready for Alabama’s prime time.

By the early stages of the fourth quarter, it was clear Vanderbilt either wasn’t ready for FBS-level football at all, or that Alabama truly is operating on a different plane of existence.

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