Nov 3, 2018; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban yells at Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) after having to call a time out during the first quarter against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Citadel preview: Tide’s goals are to limit injuries, exposure

Games against teams like The Citadel have become a necessary evil in top-level college football. Top teams can't play challenging games every week, because football is an emotional sport at the college level, the repercussions of a loss are too severe, and sometimes, the starters just need a break.
Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) holds up an SEC logo after the SEC Championship college football game against the Florida Gators at Georgia Dome. Alabama defeated Florida 54-16. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 1

Week 1 offers an interesting slate of games for the most part, and Alabama might not have the most interesting matchup of all. That honor goes to Auburn, whose game against Washington could end one school's championship hopes before they even get off the ground.
Apr 21, 2018; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones (10) looks to pass as Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman LaBryan Ray (89) put the pressure on him during the A-day game at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

A-Day wrap-up: More aggression, more movement, more questions

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.
Nov 24, 2018; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Elijah Holyfield (13) scores a touchdown over Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back Jaytlin Askew (33) during the first half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia preview: A rematch in name only, as so much has changed

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.
Oct 13, 2018; Auburn, AL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) throws a pass against the Auburn Tigers during the second quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee preview: Vols’ new process still has training wheels attached

Because time marches on no matter how much we would like it to stand still for moments both great and small, there will always be an interest taken in young coaches – especially those with ties to Nick Saban – who look like potential future coaches for The University of Alabama.
Nov 10, 2018; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver Osirus Mitchell (87) gets body slammed by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Patrick Surtain II (2) and linebacker Mack Wilson (30) during the fourth quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. The Citadel

his is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded.
Dec 16, 2017; Montgomery, AL, USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves quarterback Justice Hansen (15) looks to throw the ball to running back Warren Wand (6) in the fourth quarter against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in the 2017 Camellia Bowl at Cramton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas State Preview: Bama tries to avoid Week 2 blues against high-flying Red Wolves

Arkansas State comes into this game the owner of the No. 1 passing offense in all of FBS. The Red Wolves have college football's top tier's No. 5 total offense, and is tied for 1st nationally in fourth-down efficiency, red zone efficiency and fourth-down defense.
Jan 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart on the field before the 2018 CFP national championship college football game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Previews 2018: Florida, Georgia and Kentucky

Jim McElwain just couldn't hang on, and the Gators finally moved on from him to Dan Mullen; Most were expecting an improvement in Kirby Smart's second season; not so many were expecting Georgia to be a blown coverage away from a national championship; If ever an upcoming season felt like a season of change, Kentucky's 2018 year is beginning to take on that characteristic.
Sep 29, 2018; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) returns a punt for a touchdown against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Louisiana wrap-up: Flat finish belies just how dominant Alabama was

Alabama broke out to a 49-0 lead at the half over Louisiana, then added another score in the third quarter before the air sort of went out of the ball in the fourth quarter. Nick Saban certainly can't mind that, because it gives himself something to focus on for the upcoming week.
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SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 2

The Predictions Dept. showed faith in Tennessee in the opening week, and was rewarded in the form of a thud. That, and an unexpectedly strong debut for LSU, were the blemishes on the first-week schedule. This week, Georgia-South Carolina offers the only matchup of ranked teams, while Clemson-Texas A&M and Florida-Kentucky are probably the best second-line games. Most teams are facing weaker sisters in preparation for the start of full-blown conference play.

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