Author: Laura Owens

Arkansas game has big implications

Week four of college football has come to mean that Alabama is about to face Arkansas in its SEC opener. Over the past 10 years, there have been a few exceptions to this, but six out of the past seven years, it’s been Alabama against Arkansas in week four. Even when Arkansas wasn’t considered a contender for the SEC West division, this game has always had a direct impact on the rest of Alabama’s season. Lately, it has become even more crucial for the Crimson Tide to win, because both teams have risen to the top of the SEC. Alabama’s all-time record against Arkansas is 14-7. Since 2002, Alabama has gone 6-3 against the Razorbacks, coinciding with six winning seasons, two losing seasons and one tied. Last year’s game was the Tide’s first big challenge of the season. Not only was it a road game and the SEC opener, but Arkansas was ranked No. 10 going into the game, with its Heisman-hopeful quarterback Ryan Mallet. That game was a close call, as Alabama pulled out the win late in the fourth quarter. However, the Tide did win 24-20 and followed up that win with a huge home win over the then-No. 7 Florida Gators, 31-6. The last time Alabama lost to Arkansas was in 2006. After a 10-2 season in 2005, Tide fans were hopeful that 2006 could be...

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Ground and Pound: Analyzing the Tide running backs

Over the past few years at Alabama, everyone has grown accustomed to a running game that always dominates and wears down opponents. So far, the 2011 season promises the same. With the departure of Heisman winner Mark Ingram, a new set of running backs have stepped up to fill the spot. Junior Trent Richardson served as backup during his first two seasons. This season, Richardson has the starting position, with sophomores Eddie Lacy and Jalston Fowler backing him up. In 2010, Richardson rushed for 700 yards, with six rushing touchdowns on 112 carries. Lacy broke onto the scene last...

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Is the No. 2 ranking a good or bad omen?

It’s not a secret that the 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team is expected to be good. Both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today poll have Alabama ranked No. 2 in the preseason. While it’s great that the rest of the nation agrees with our campus that Alabama is awesome, a high preseason ranking might not favor the Tide in the long run. Since 2001, three teams that have started the season No. 2 have finished No. 1. Most recently it happened in 2007 when LSU won the national championship after starting out at No. 2. But for LSU, it was a bumpy ride. The 2007 season saw eight different teams at the No. 2 spot. LSU held the spot the longest, going for five weeks, but once the Tigers were dethroned, the other No. 2 teams held on for only a week or two at a time. In the past decade, there’s a fair mix of teams in the AP polls that started high and ended high, along with teams that started high and ended low. However, starting high and ending high doesn’t matter if it doesn’t result in a national championship. Here at Alabama, students don’t want to start high only to end at No. 3. They want their 14th title. Looking solely at Alabama’s ability to keep a top ranking, the Tide’s record isn’t...

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Missed opportunities take Tide’s victory

It was the missed opportunities that took Alabama’s victory away. At the time, neither the team nor the fans knew it, but in those two turnovers and two field goals, Alabama lost precious points that could’ve won the game. In the No. 11 Crimson Tide’s 28-27 loss to the No. 2 Auburn Tigers, Alabama had 24 points in the first half, though the team should’ve had more. In the beginning of the second quarter, running back Mark Ingram was en route for a big gain for the Tide, running 41 yards into the red zone before having the ball punched out by Auburn’s Antoine Carter. “I was just trying to keep my balance, and the guy ran up behind me and made a great play,” Ingram said. “Of course I could’ve had better ball security, but the guy just came behind and made a great play. I was just trying to stay on my feet and get as close as I could to the end zone.” The ball rolled 20 yards into the end zone for an Auburn touchback, and Alabama lost a potential scoring opportunity. The next turnover was near the end of the second quarter. Alabama was at the 8-yard line when quarterback Greg McElroy was sacked by Nick Fairley. The ball popped out, and Fairley managed to jump on top of it. “Those two opportunities were...

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Alabama vs Auburn: The Biggest Rival

It’s finally here. The game that everyone in the state of Alabama has been anticipating since week one has finally come to Tuscaloosa. The No. 11 Alabama Crimson Tide will play host to the No. 2 Auburn Tigers Friday, and though this game is the day after Thanksgiving, Tuscaloosa will still be packed, and football fans all around the nation will be watching this game because everyone knows this game will be one of the biggest showdowns in the 2010 college football season. “I think everybody on this team is pretty excited about having the opportunity to play against...

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