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A-Day wrap-up: More aggression, more movement, more questions

A-Day wrap-up: More aggression, more movement, more questions

At most A-Day games, especially those overseen by Nick Saban, it isn’t so much what you see as what you don’t see.

There aren’t a lot of complicated blitzes. There aren’t a bunch of funky offensive sets. There isn’t much more to be seen other than a basic overview of the depth chart, on-the-hoof estimations of successful (or not-so-successful) strength-and-conditioning efforts, and maybe a few tendencies sneak through in years – like this one – where Alabama is replacing an offensive coordinator.

Tennessee wrap-up: Tide started slow, but hapless Vols offered no resistance afterward

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Tennessee wrap-up: Tide started slow, but hapless Vols offered no resistance afterward

labama proved that ingesting rat poison leads to flat and sloppy play, especially with a first quarter Saturday that ever-so-briefly left in doubt whether the Crimson Tide would win at all. But after an Irv Smith fumble through the end zone was overturned thanks to a timely penalty from Tennessee’s Jonathan Kongbo, Alabama seemed to ignite. More importantly, Tennessee visibly deflated after having to give back its turnover, and a team on the verge of quitting doesn’t need much to push it over the edge. Alabama took full advantage, scored again before the half was out, and never looked back in the second half.

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Tennessee preview: It’s been a rocky year for UT, and not likely to get better this week

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Tennessee preview: It’s been a rocky year for UT, and not likely to get better this week

Somewhere this week, there’s a Tennessee fan wondering how Alabama is still in business – and also wondering why his own team barely is.

One of the perhaps-apocryphal stories of Alabama’s long walk through the woods circa 1993-2007 was that then-Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer told former Alabama RB Santonio Beard that Alabama “would be out of business in two years.”

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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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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 Preview: Danger level depends on how one views UCLA loss

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Texas A&M Preview: Danger level depends on how one views UCLA loss

Kevin Sumlin is probably not worth the steep buyout he negotiated for himself with his employer, Texas A&M. But Sumlin – and his team – are likely better than most would admit.

The question is, is this team good enough to beat Alabama at home?

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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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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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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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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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