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 … [Read more...]

Ground and Pound: Analyzing the Tide running backs

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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, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Alabama vs Auburn: The Biggest Rival

Wide receiver Marquis Maze waits for the ball as quarterback Greg McElroy waits for his pass to get there. / CW | Bethany Martin

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 … [Read more...]

Tide wins big in first-time matchup

The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated Georgia State 63-7 in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Alabama’s first Thursday night game since 2001, improving its record to 9-2. This was the first time these two teams had ever met. With the short week of practice preceding this game, head coach Nick Saban said he was very pleased with how the team was able to perform. “It was a different kind of preparation, but the intensity and toughness in the effort in the way we played the game was the way we wanted to … [Read more...]

Tide puts together most complete game

For the first time this season against a Southeastern Conference opponent, it looked like the Alabama Crimson Tide finally put together a full 60-minute game. After a disappointing loss last weekend to LSU that knocked the No. 12 Tide out of contention for the national championship game, the team was able to bounce back and defeat the No. 19 Mississippi State Bulldogs in front of a home crowd. “I think the players showed that they have some pride in terms of trying to develop an identity … [Read more...]

Tide loses second game of 2010

BATON ROUGE, La. | In its last road game of the 2010 season, the No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide fell to the No. 10 LSU Tigers in Death Valley 24-21. “We certainly had our opportunities,” said head coach Nick Saban. “We knew that we would have to play a complete game, and we would have to play our best game of the year that we are capable of, playing in a situation like this against a good football team. I don’t think we did that, especially in the second half.” The Tide went into halftime … [Read more...]

Jones grabs record against Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. | As the Tennessee crowd filed out of Neyland Stadium in the fourth quarter, Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones made another catch, his 12th of the night, good for 47 yards down the field. The Alabama fans took the stadium from the home team fans, cheering out Jones’ name. “They weren’t booing me,” Jones said. “They just call me, ‘Juuuu.’” For the junior out of Foley, it was a record night. Though Jones didn’t have any touchdowns against Tennessee, he made 12 catches for … [Read more...]

Tide welcomes back alumni with win

The Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1, 3-1) kept its home winning streak alive by tacking on win number 18 against the Ole Miss Rebels (3-3, 1-2) with a final of 23-10. After last week’s loss to South Carolina, the Tide came back to Tuscaloosa for its homecoming game, welcoming back Alabama alumni both in the stands and on the field with a win to bounce back from defeat. “The goal of this game was for us to get back to playing with the kind of effort, the kind of toughness and discipline and … [Read more...]