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

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

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

For the third straight year, Alabama and Clemson will meet in the College Football Playoff. For the third straight year, however, TideFans.com will not pick Alabama to win by a score of 23-17.

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Auburn preview: Alabama gets its toughest test where it least wants to see it

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Auburn preview: Alabama gets its toughest test where it least wants to see it

If there has been one thing regarding SEC football that seems out of place in this era of Nick Saban’s domination at Alabama, it’s been that Auburn has not only survived in Alabama’s shadow, but thrived.

Auburn has won a national title (2010), played for it a second time (2013), and if Auburn beats Alabama this week and Georgia a second time in the SEC Championship Game, the Tigers seem all but assured of representing the SEC as a two-loss hopeful in this year’s final four.

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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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LSU Preview: Tigers hoping emotion will carry them against Tide

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LSU Preview: Tigers hoping emotion will carry them against Tide

For the most part, SEC fans have somewhat neglected the LSU Tiger team this season, choosing to focus on Alabama, Georgia, Auburn to a lesser extent, and the coaching carousel next.

Lost is actual discussion of how good LSU is. And there’s a reason for that: the hiring of Ed Orgeron as its head coach, first on an interim basis in 2016 and since as a permanent replacement for the erstwhile popular-yet-kooky Les Miles.

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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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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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FSU Preview: Toughest regular-season test comes in opener

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FSU Preview: Toughest regular-season test comes in opener

Alabama has never shied away from front-loading its schedule during the Nick Saban era, and that doesn’t change in 2017. The Crimson Tide face off against a Florida State team many are predicting to be a playoff team in its own right, potentially making this the first of a two-game series.

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Next Year’s Draft Haul Could Eclipse 2017 Numbers

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Next Year’s Draft Haul Could Eclipse 2017 Numbers

Alabama wrapped up the 2017 NFL Draft in impressive fashion, as 10 Crimson Tide players found new homes. An 11th, wide receiver Gehrig Dieter, quickly signed a free-agent contract within an hour of the draft’s close.

By the time the 2018 class is in the books, the 2017 class could look rather ho-hum in comparison.

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