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Let The Frenzy Begin

Posted by | Oct 27, 2011 | -

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

Hype’s The Word

From TheTownTalk.com
Two weeks of frenzied pre-game buildup. Behind the scenes TV maneuverings. Four-digit ticket prices. This 1-versus-2 showdown between LSU and Alabama has both the hype and the feel of a game played in January with a title actually on the line instead of just a potential shot and SEC West frontrunner status. Since both teams fortuitously have open dates, it means an extra week of chatter ahead of the primetime game Nov. 5 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. It makes for an awful lot of what the second-ranked Crimson Tide’s coach Nick Saban calls clutter, too. “Getting our players not to think about everything that’s surrounding the game. That’ll be the hardest part,” Saban said. To be sure, both teams’ players have plenty of experience in big games. National championship coaches Saban and No. 1 LSU’s Les Miles do, too. While fans and media breathlessly break down “The Game of the Year,” Tide players seem almost bemused by the attention. [More]

The 12 best Coaches In College Football

From The Dallas News
1. Nick Saban (44-11 at Alabama, 135-53-1 overall). He’s a tireless recruiter. He’s put together talented and innovative staffs, despite being as demanding as any boss in the business. He’s won two national championships (one with LSU and another with Alabama) and now that he’s gotten that NFL itch out of his system, there’s no reason why the 59-year-old can’t rack up at least a couple more before he calls it quits. From the panel: “Is there any other coach that strikes fear in opposing coaches’ hearts?” — Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesmen. [More]

LA Times’ College Football Rankings

By Chris Dufresne, LA Times
The schools in this week’s rankings are solid, but don’t hold Rankman to any of the conference affiliations. By press time we could have one 120-team conference or, as the Louisiana State chancellor suggested, one league called “ESPN” and one called “Fox.” Oklahoma and Wisconsin losses last week discombobulated the top 10, and other trip-ups allowed fresh faces such as Penn State, Texas Tech, Georgia and Texas to bask in the glorious glow of a top-25 rankings system not used, endorsed, sanctioned or otherwise condoned by the AP, BCS, IRS, CIA or PETA. Alabama maintains its top ranking as it prepares for its Southeastern Conference showdown against No. 2 LSU on Nov. 5. 1; Alabama 8-0; Cop who ticketed Saban’s car no longer allowed to carry one bullet in his shirt pocket. [More]

Barron, Hightower, Jones and Saban in the running for awards

By Don Kausler Jr., al.com
Senior defensive back Mark Barron and junior inside linebacker Don’t'a Hightower are quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy, which recognizes the nation’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year and exemplifies athletic performance and personal character attributes. They’re the only teammates among the 20 quarterfinalists. Junior left tackle Barrett Jones is one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to the player that demonstrates sportsmanship on and off the field. Alabama coach Nick Saban is one of 20 candidates on the initial Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year list. [More]

McCullough is Tide’s lineman in waiting

By Michael Casagrande, TimesDaily.com
As Alabama’s offensive lineman in waiting, Alfred McCullough’s job is unlike any other. Versatile enough to play four of the five spots up front, the fifth-year senior from Athens does more waiting than blocking for the Alabama football team. But at a moment’s notice, the call could come. Injuries don’t announce themselves, so focus can’t wander. But Saturday night, the heads up came well in advance. McCullough knew he’d start in place of injured right guard Anthony Steen with extra preparation time. Now with the season-ending injury to backup left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, McCullough is next in line protecting AJ McCarron’s blind side if something happens to starter Barrett Jones. Such is life for the lineman who plays every position but center. “He can play right guard, left guard and he’s athletic enough to play tackle even though he doesn’t have, maybe, the prototype size because he is a good athlete,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. Guard or tackle? Left or right? It doesn’t make a difference to McCullough. [More]

Roll Tide!

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