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Vanderbilt preview: Commodores sailing confidently after 3-0 start

By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Sept. 19, 2017 By now, everyone has seen the internet meme going around noting that Kentucky, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt are all 3-0 for the first time in more than 100 years. While a noteworthy happening, the real question – especially regarding Alabama this week – is whether the Commodores […]

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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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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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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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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2017 Previews: Alabama Crimson Tide

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2017 Previews: Alabama Crimson Tide

Defeated in the College Football National Championship Game in January, Alabama suddenly finds itself in uncharted territory: trying to avenge a loss in a trophy contest. It doesn’t happen often in Tuscaloosa. If the 2017 Alabama Crimson Tide intends to exact revenge for its defeat, it will have to do so with serious depth questions on the defensive line, an unknown quantity at placekicker, and an offensive line that has been erratic and perhaps even underachieving for several years.

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Is the SEC’s future too tied to a single ship?

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Is the SEC’s future too tied to a single ship?

Since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s already undisputed place atop the SEC landscape has only grown in altitude. Saban, who had won a national title at LSU prior to taking the Alabama job, has won four more national titles since 2007. Had Alabama knocked off Clemson in January, Saban would have tied Paul “Bear” Bryant for total number of titles, but would have done it at a substantially quicker pace. Many already believe Saban has supplanted Bryant as the best college coach that ever was; a win over Clemson would have galvanized those opinions.

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Looking back at the Class of 2012

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Looking back at the Class of 2012

Over the last seven years, TideFans.com has taken a look back at old recruiting rankings, partially as a self-check, but also to see how players had progressed since arriving on campus.

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A-Day Wrap-up: Bama looks loaded again, but is not yet complete

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A-Day Wrap-up: Bama looks loaded again, but is not yet complete

From the outset, Alabama was aggressive Saturday, particularly on offense, where new coordinator Brian Daboll didn’t return the Crimson Tide to stoic roots so much as he re-taught the offense how to lean forward. Gone was much of Kiffin’s finesse elements; in their place, more NFL-level schemes, strategies and attitude. When everything was clicking, this offense hearkened back to the best years of Jim McElwain and Doug Nussmeier.

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