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Clemson preview: On paper, this should be a defensive showcase

Mercer wrap-up: Hard to find fault with total domination

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Mercer wrap-up: Hard to find fault with total domination

If the main goal coming out of Alabama’s game against Mercer Saturday was to avoid major injuries, Alabama checked off that box.

If the goal was to give linebacker Dylan Moses as many snaps as possible to prepare him for Auburn, the Crimson Tide was able to do that, as well.

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Mercer preview: Wounded Alabama hopes for a Mercer-ful respite before Auburn game

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Mercer preview: Wounded Alabama hopes for a Mercer-ful respite before Auburn game

Mercer, a school whose program lay dormant from 1942 to 2013, is a Southern Conference member of the former Division-IAA, now called FCS. The Bears are 5-5 in 2017, put a small scare into Auburn earlier in the year, and lost by just 1 point to Wofford, which now sits at 9-1 and leads the Southern Conference standings.

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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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LSU wrap-up: Bama’s victory may have been of the Pyrrhic variety

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LSU wrap-up: Bama’s victory may have been of the Pyrrhic variety

This game was war. It began with paratroopers jumping into Bryant-Denny Stadium to deliver the game ball. By the time the game got to the fourth quarter, Alabama was looking to dig trenches and hunker down.

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

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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.

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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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Colorado State wrap-up: Alabama won, but it didn’t impress

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Colorado State wrap-up: Alabama won, but it didn’t impress

As time ran down on Alabama’s 41-23 win over Colorado State, Nick Saban ordered his first team re-inserted into the game to run the clock out. It was a curious decision, but not accidental. Nothing Nick Saban does is accidental.

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Fresno State preview: Are Bulldogs any better than a year ago?

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Fresno State preview: Are Bulldogs any better than a year ago?

The headline of this preview says it all: Are the Bulldogs any better than they were a year ago? Because if they aren’t, Alabama will be playing a game of “Name That Walk-on” by halftime.

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