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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.

Spring preview: For once, identity will be determined by who wins certain jobs

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Spring preview: For once, identity will be determined by who wins certain jobs

Alabama has multiple dichotomies in play. There is the quarterback battle between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, a contrast of styles between a quarterback ideally suited for a pro spread passing game and one suited for a spread-option style attack. There is new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, whose background promises more success the more misdirection and spread elements are inplay, but then there’s new QB coach Dan Enos, who made his bones largely on the back of more traditional sets with play-action and a quarterback under center.

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Georgia wrap-up: Saban’s courage to make a tough call nets him a sixth title

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Georgia wrap-up: Saban’s courage to make a tough call nets him a sixth title

If coaches are granted that kind of freedom after just one title, imagine the length of leash there is for Nick Saban, now winner of six titles. For the second time in his coaching career, he now finds himself in the rarefied air once inhabited by Paul “Bear” Bryant, the first time of course being when he took the job in Tuscaloosa in the first place.

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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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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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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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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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Ole Miss preview: Time for Alabama to figure this Rebel team out

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Ole Miss preview: Time for Alabama to figure this Rebel team out

Despite a victory over Ole Miss last year in Oxford, Nick Saban still uses the qualifier “two of the last three games” when discussing the Rebels and their ability to wreak havoc in games against Alabama.

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Vanderbilt wrap-up: Alabama wishes they could all go like this

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Vanderbilt wrap-up: Alabama wishes they could all go like this

By the early stages of the second quarter, it was clear Vanderbilt wasn’t ready for Alabama’s prime time.

By the early stages of the fourth quarter, it was clear Vanderbilt either wasn’t ready for FBS-level football at all, or that Alabama truly is operating on a different plane of existence.

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