Alabama Or Oklahoma Who Should Win The Title

Posted by | Aug 11, 2011 | -

Below are some of the top Tide football stories for today published by various organizations:

Tide Has All The Ingredients To Make It Six Straight

By Stewart Mandel, Sports Illustrated
My preseason favorite is Alabama, and the reason is pretty simple: The Crimson Tide have the most talent in the country, period. As much as some like to dismiss them, there’s actually a pretty strong correlation between recruiting rankings and on-field performance. To that end, has ranked Nick Saban’s last four classes as follows: No. 1 (2008), No. 1 (’09), No. 5 (’10) and No. 1 (’11). That’s the type of dominance we last saw from Pete Carroll at USC and Urban Meyer at Florida , and both men parlayed those hauls into multiple national titles. Saban (whose classes look even better after some of his patented oversigning and roster purging) is in prime position to do the same. Last year too many of those four- and five-star guys were either inexperienced first-year starters or limited by injuries, and thus, the Tide lost three games. A year later, guys like Courtney Upshaw and Dre Kirkpatrick are both seasoned veterans and projected first-rounders. Combine that with a more favorable schedule, and you’ve got all the ingredients to be the SEC team that makes it six straight. [More]

Upshaw Is Confident And Executes With More Consistency

By Michael Casagrande, Times Daily
There was nothing wrong with the right ankle he injured 20 yards up-field in the 2010 opener. Though he tried to walk it off at the time, the high-ankle sprain affected practically his entire junior season. He played all 13 games, but did so with one spare tire. “Courtney’s doing a good job. He’s worked hard and had a good summer,” coach Nick Saban said. “I think he’s very, very confident and certainly executes with a lot more consistency. I think he was healthy in the bowl game and played very, very well. We like the way he’s trying to help some of the other players and his leadership, and he should be a very productive player for us this year.” Limited action in the second and third weeks against Penn State and Duke preceded a return to the starting lineup at Arkansas. Avoiding further injury was a priority during the recovery. “Every week and every day, they treated me and tried to get me better,” Upshaw said. “I probably nicked it in a game, but other than that, I feel good now. I’m 100 percent.” [More]

Sims Sure Seems Ready

By Joe Medley, The Anniston Star
Projecting Alabama’s quarterback race in early August is almost as risky as investing these days, but it’s hard not to come away impressed with Phillip Sims. Outsiders have seen very little of what he’s done in Alabama’s camp, but what we saw looked good. The redshirt freshman showed in Alabama’s A-Day game that he’s at or near equal in the ways sophomore AJ McCarron is good and better as a scrambler. The right-handed Sims scrambles not to tuck and run but to buy time in the pocket. That could matter to a team that lost its starting left tackle from last season and the heir apparent when Aaron Douglas died. And as for McCarron’s extra time in the program, Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain seemed to minimize that edge during his annual Fan Day chat with media Sunday. “Each guy has a gift. The gift is, they have strong arms and quick releases,” McElwain said. “Both those things add up to now, being able to use more of the field in the passing game.” [More]

Alabama’s August To-Do List

By John Zenor, MS NBC
Pick starting quarterback. Replace Heisman Trophy winner and a few other first-round draft picks. Find left tackle, playmaking receivers and a defensive lineman or two. It’s almost enough to distract the Crimson Tide from all that national title talk. Some of the important pieces have changed and a few key questions remain unanswered, but blue-chip replacements keep the preseason conversation in Tuscaloosa consistent. “We want to come out and win a national championship, to be undefeated,” All-America safety Mark Barron said. “Every time we step out on the field, one of our motivating factors is to be special.” Richardson brushes off the preseason hype as old hat. “It’s like that every year,” said Richardson, who goes from punishing, flashy backup to the offensive centerpiece. “It’s not a shock to me, but at the same time everybody that picked us to win it, we can’t let them down. We can’t let them down at all.” [More]

Ole Ball Coack Back To Old Behavior

By: John Pennington, Mr. SEC
Steve Spurrier is jealous. Jealous of the way he believes ESPN has been fawning all over Alabama’s Crimson Tide. Appearing on Dan Patrick’s radio show, South Carolina’s coach said that he went to SEC commissioner Mike Slive to complain about ESPN’s kind treatment of Bama. Last year, ESPN did an all-access program behind the scenes of Nick Saban’s football program. Think that kind of thing doesn’t help with recruiting? The network also ran an ad last December that featured Alabama fans saying “Roll Tide” repeatedly. Spurrier told Slive, “I said, ‘How much did Alabama pay those guys to do that?’ He said, ‘Oh, they didn’t have to pay them anything.’ I said, ‘Well, what happened to Go Gators or Rocky Top or Go Gamecocks?’ I didn’t think that was all that fair.” [More]

Day 6 Practice Report

By Izzy Gould,
Alabama participated in its second practice of the day, a night practice that welcomed cooler temperatures thanks to thunderstorms that moved through earlier in the afternoon. What’s hot: Still no sign of wide receiver Duron Carter, who is working on clearing up some transcript issues before he can join the Crimson Tide. Carter had hoped to be at practice by Wednesday. The grind: The night practice had a softer tone to it as coaches toned down their often loud voices to offer more instruction. On the mend: Arie Kouandjio, Trent Richardson, Undra Billingsley and Ryan Kelly. Alabama returns to the field Thursday for a 2:30 p.m. practice. [More]

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