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Bama, Releford bomb Bulldogs

News Flash: The SEC’s longest active league home court winning streak still is still alive. With its 80-61 win over Mississippi State Wednesday, Alabama has won 14 straight conference games in Coleman Coliseum. The Tide did it behind senior Trevor Releford’s 28 points. He got help from freshman Shannon Hale (12), sophomore Retin Obasohan (11) and junior Rodney Cooper, who scored 10. “I thought we came out a ...

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Corner spot remains spot of interest as Tide gets set for Bulldogs

[caption id="attachment_3338" align="alignleft" width="300"] Cyrus Jones has started at cornerback for two consecutive games now.[/caption] Eyes continue to be on the corner this Saturday. Uh, one corner anyway. Deion Belue has now started six consecutive games at one corner spot. The other corner spot? Bradley Sylve, who's started three games there this season, is still mending from an injury. Eddie Jackso ...

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Saban: Bulldogs better than five-loss record

Not too many people are categorizing this Saturday as one of those Saturdays No. 1 Alabama is susceptible to stubbing its toe. November 30 at Auburn? That's one. Should Alabama reach the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta the followingSaturday against the SEC East champ? That may be another. But this Saturday at Mississippi State -- five-loss Mississippi State mind you? This is supposed to be one of two tune- ...

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McCarron’s value can’t be overstated as Tide makes stretch run

[caption id="attachment_3903" align="alignleft" width="300"] AJ McCarron is 34-2 as Alabama's starting quarterback the past three seasons.[/caption] Alabama has four or five games left this season. That's four or five games left with a guy named AJ McCarron at quarterback. Some may think that's not a big deal. Just plug the next 'game manager' in next season and keep rolling with the solid ground game and s ...

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Saban: No time for Bama players to yield to post-LSU relief

[caption id="attachment_3966" align="alignleft" width="240"] Jeoffrey Pagan (8) celebrates a big play against LSU last Saturday.[/caption] Now comes the hard part. Moving on after LSU. Every fall all the momentum seems to build toward the Alabama-LSU clash. It's basically the SEC Western Division Super Bowl. It's a College GameDay worthy visit. It's hype mounted on hype mounted on more hype. But after it's ...

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Tide to go exclusively with Kelly at center moving forward

[caption id="attachment_3871" align="alignleft" width="300"] Center Ryan Kelly (70) returned to action against Tennessee on Oct. 26 after missing several games with a knee injury.[/caption] No doubt Chad Lindsay got plenty of kudos for the job he did filling in for Ryan Kelly at center while the 6-foot-5, 290-pound sophomore was out with an injury. But Kelly is back. And he's healthy. And he's returned to w ...

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Healthy Cooper may prove important weapon for Tide in potential shootout

[caption id="attachment_3877" align="alignleft" width="300"] Amari Cooper has recently returned to form after an early season toe injury.[/caption] This year's Alabama-LSU clash? It very well may be the anti-2011 clash. Everyone remembers that 2011 game in Tuscaloosa. Lots of defense. Lots of field goals. And no touchdowns. Final score: LSU 9, Alabama 6. In overtime. Both offenses appear much more prolific ...

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Saban’s defensive acumen to be tested by LSU’s dual-powered offense

[caption id="attachment_3653" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nick Saban has decisions to make in how to try and slow down LSU's potent offense.[/caption] Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. Looks like Nick Saban will be having to make a lot of them Saturday night. Probably more than he normally has to make on Saturdays. That's because this is LSU. An LSU team with loads of offensive firepower. And Saban? Schem ...

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Saban well aware of Mettenberger’s potent supporting cast

[caption id="attachment_3939" align="alignleft" width="259"] LSU running back Jeremy Hill has rushed for 12 TDs this season (USA Today photo).[/caption] A lot of people around the country -- including Alabama fans -- know all about Zach Mettenberger. The LSU quarterback, who is second only to reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel in the SEC in passing yards per game (276.9) and passing efficiency (177.1), ...

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Saban: Bama-LSU clash likely to come down to ‘three or four plays’

[caption id="attachment_3740" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nick Saban said Monday LSU could 'easily be 9-0.'[/caption] One. That's how many close contests top-ranked Alabama (8-0 overall, 5-0 in SEC) has had this season. And it came back on Sept. 14 against Texas A&M. The Tide hung on to win that shootout 49-42. Besides that memorable game seven weeks ago, Alabama has dispatched of foe after foe in do ...

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