Among the questions that arose immediately following Alabama's win over Georgia in the College Football Playoff was one of longevity – both in regards to Alabama's already-extended position at the top of the sport, and also in regards to Nick Saban's remaining career. If early returns on the 2018-2019 recruiting trail are any indication, both paths have a lot of miles remaining on them.
Auburn's strategy was obviously to survive the Alabama first-half storm, keep the game close, then do something heroic in the second half. Such a strategy, though, oversamples early-season results and fails to account for the Alabama of the recent. Alabama may have started the year running up huge numbers and then sitting on the leads, which led to some artificial second-half statistics that implied the Tide couldn't play after the half. These days? Ask LSU. Ask The Citadel. And now, ask Auburn.
The Predictions Dept. is off to a decent start in 2018, and with Week 4, the focus begins to turn toward intraconference matchups. There are several intriguing contests this weekend, not the least of which is Alabama-Texas A&M, but others like South Carolina-Vanderbilt and even the once-great Florida-Tennessee rivalry have postseason implications.
Whether it's fair to either player or not, Alabama's playoff semifinal against Oklahoma is going to serve a second purpose: It will be a referendum on whether Heisman Trophy voters got it right when they picked Oklahoma's Kyler Murray over Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa.
The last time we saw the Georgia Bulldogs, they – like everyone else in the college football world – were staring, dumbfounded, at an Atlanta scoreboard trying to make sense of what they had just witnessed.
his is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded.
This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded.
At most A-Day games, especially those overseen by Nick Saban, it isn’t so much what you see as what you don’t see. There aren’t a lot of complicated blitzes. There aren’t a bunch of funky offensive sets. There isn’t much more to be seen other than a basic overview of the depth chart, on-the-hoof estimations of successful (or not-so-successful) strength-and-conditioning efforts, and maybe a few tendencies sneak through in years – like this one – where Alabama is replacing an offensive coordinator.
This week's premier game is clearly Florida-Georgia, but the Missouri-Kentucky game could have big implications for the SEC East race.
One of the most illogical developments in the Southeastern Conference in recent years has been the ascension of Phil Fulmer to Tennessee athletic director, roughly a decade after he was forced to vacate the position of Tennessee head coach.