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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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Auburn wrap-up: Necessary or not, Bama makes its statement

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Auburn wrap-up: Necessary or not, Bama makes its statement

Auburn’s strategy was obviously to survive the Alabama first-half storm, keep the game close, then do something heroic in the second half. Such a strategy, though, oversamples early-season results and fails to account for the Alabama of the recent. Alabama may have started the year running up huge numbers and then sitting on the leads, which led to some artificial second-half statistics that implied the Tide couldn’t play after the half.

These days? Ask LSU. Ask The Citadel. And now, ask Auburn.

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Auburn preview: Tigers will be tough, but upset chances are low

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Auburn preview: Tigers will be tough, but upset chances are low

Auburn has a solid quarterback, but not one that would threaten to take over a game against a secondary many believe to be elite. The game isn’t in Auburn, where weirdness is born, fertilized and cultivated into something so bizarre it begins to appear as if it should have been scripted by William S. Burroughs. And Alabama, most certainly, doesn’t have an explosiveness problem. The Tide has been as combustible as a sack of nitroglycerin in 2018.

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LSU wrap-up: Bama dominates in every way in thrashing of Tigers

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LSU wrap-up: Bama dominates in every way in thrashing of Tigers

Alabama came into this game with no question marks on offense. It displayed no question marks on defense in this game, either. As long as kickers aren’t involved, this looks like a team without a weakness.

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LSU preview: Are Tigers that tough, or is the drama being invented?

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LSU preview: Are Tigers that tough, or is the drama being invented?

Is this matchup for real? Is LSU capable of slowing Tagovailoa down? What is reality for the LSU offense – is it the 36 points scored against Georgia, or is it the 19 put up against Mississippi State and Florida? LSU’s best output of the season – 45 points against defense-illiterate Ole Miss – ties for Alabama’s second-lowest of the season, a win over Texas A&M that left some people wondering what was wrong with Bama football.

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Missouri wrap-up: When it came time for a gut check, Tide responded

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Missouri wrap-up: When it came time for a gut check, Tide responded

The way Alabama’s offense can score points may mean the 2018 season goes by without a truly close shave, margin-wise, but don’t for one second think Alabama’s victory over Missouri wasn’t an epic gut check.

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Missouri preview: Banged-up Tide could get a test from high-flying Tigers

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Missouri preview: Banged-up Tide could get a test from high-flying Tigers

Although the Missouri Tigers come to Tuscaloosa riding a two-game losing streak, there is an uneasiness about this matchup that has its roots both in the history of the Alabama-Missouri series and also the high-wire act Alabama Crimson Tide has put on through the season’s first month and a half.

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SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 14 (and a look at the CFP)

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SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 14 (and a look at the CFP)

The Predictions Dept. got out of Rivalry Week with a 6-3 record, which is not a terrible mark overall. Unfortunately, one of those three losses was the pick of the Alabama-Auburn game, which has now forced Alabama to enlist the help of TCU or Ohio State to reach the College Football Playoff. Otherwise, it appears Alabama will be headed for an Orange Bowl matchup in a game few Bama fans will likely choose to attend.

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Auburn wrap-up: When a trend becomes a pattern, self-examination must follow

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By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Nov. 26, 2017 For the third time in eight years, Auburn walks away from the Alabama-Auburn game not just a winner, but a winner either by miracle, a winner over an allegedly better team, or both. Three times now Auburn finds itself the beneficiary of a potential national title shot […]

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