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Clemson wrap-up: How Bama recovers – or doesn’t – will determine much of program’s future

Clemson wrap-up: How Bama recovers – or doesn’t – will determine much of program’s future

Whether you’re an optimist (“We still have Nick Saban!”) or a pessimist (“This was the beginning of the end!”) about Alabama football probably hinges on how many total points you thought swung about on two poor decisions and throws from QB Tua Tagovailoa, and Alabama’s response to it.

Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

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Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

This year, Alabama gets a Clemson team that is somewhere in between the last two versions. The question is how much like Clemson ’17 can Alabama make Clemson ’18 look.

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Louisville Preview: Cardinals in transition as Alabama begins title defense

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Louisville Preview: Cardinals in transition as Alabama begins title defense

If Louisville gets hot offensively, it’s not completely impossible that this game would turn into a shootout. But if Alabama can slow the Cardinal offense at all, a defense that was already bad and then lost nine starters to graduation would seem to have little chance of stopping what figures to be the most explosive Alabama offense perhaps in all of school history.

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Georgia preview: Tide plays for a title against team it was built to defend

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Georgia preview: Tide plays for a title against team it was built to defend

Alabama will face off against a team that was more or less built to mirror Alabama. And Alabama’s attack plan is more or less designed to attack teams like this.

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Clemson wrap-up: Tigers were less dynamic, and Bama made them pay for it

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Clemson wrap-up: Tigers were less dynamic, and Bama made them pay for it

Bama in the National Championship! Lost in the month of hand-wringing over whether Alabama QB Jalen Hurts was capable of leading the Crimson Tide past Clemson, was the fact that the Clemson Tigers of 2017 weren’t the Clemson Tigers of the past two years.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Vanderbilt preview: Commodores sailing confidently after 3-0 start

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Vanderbilt preview: Commodores sailing confidently after 3-0 start

Until now, most of Vanderbilt’s big wins the last few years have come over transitional programs – either teams in the process of moving from one tier to another in terms of prestige and respect, or larger programs undergoing great change (see: Georgia, 2016). The most impressive wins of Derek Mason’s “good era” at Vandy are Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee in 2016.

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Colorado State preview: Rams bear the marks of a quality team

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Colorado State preview: Rams bear the marks of a quality team

It’s no secret Alabama likes to use the second and third games on its schedule to bring in a couple of opponents whose primary job it is to make the Crimson Tide feel good about itself once the games are over.

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Fresno State wrapup: A typical Week 2 Alabama win

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By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Sept. 10, 2017 Alabama hobbled into a Week 2 game against an overmatched opponent, got a comfortable (if not overwhelming) victory, didn’t get anyone hurt and failed to cover the spread. Where have we heard that one before? After pretty much every Week 2 win in the Nick Saban era, […]

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