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• Alabama Crimson Tide • vs Texas A&M Aggies •
• September 22nd, 2018 • 3:30 p.m. ET •


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Are The Tides fantastic years of glory coming to an end, look hard, we think NOT...

on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide Football:

Watching Alabama dismantle Ole Miss’ defense in the first half of last week’s game was a shocking revelation.

Just when you thought that the glory years that Alabama was having under Nick Saban couldn’t possibly get any better, they do.

With Tua Tagovailoa under center, it is now not outside of the realm of possibility that Alabama can score each time they possess the ball.


Alabama could have hung 80 points on every team they’ve played so far this season if, Saban had chosen to keep his foot on the gas and just let Tua does what he does so darn well.

Alabama is like the old gorilla joke in golf,


“Yes, he can drive the ball four hundred yards each tee shot, but he four puts on the green."

They’ve always been a team with a killer defense but an offense that sputters. Now they have a putter and opposing teams can only shutter at what they see coming at them.

Try and defend any one of the talented receivers one on one and Tua will burn you with the man you left man to man. 


Play a nickle or dime package on them and they’ll kill you with the running backs they have in equal abundance.

Whether it’s Damien Harris breaking a 75 yard run or Tua throwing a 75 yard TD, this is an offense that just needs to be admired while it’s still in existence and just marvel at what they can do.

As Alabama faces tougher SEC opponents, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind at this point that even the best SEC defenses and they are some of the best defenses in the nation, have any clue how to stop this offensive machine that is cranking out scores at will.

Most won’t even have a clue how to slow it down.

While on the other side of the ball, Alabama’s “Nasty Boys” defense is putting together another one of those years where they just go out and impose their will on offenses and limit not only production, but scoring as well.

Folks, I am 75 years old this season and have lived through and written about an awful lot of good football teams and have never seen a team this complete on both sides of the ball in my life.

Well, the field goal kicking isn’t perfect, but when you’re putting up 60 points plus on an SEC team, you may can overlook that small flaw on the team.

Earlier this year a coach was overheard saying, “If this team lives up to what they’re capable of, they’ll score on every drive.” I thought that was a little too optimistic at the time, but now I see why they felt that way.

And folks, so many of the stars that are that making this offense the unstoppable juggernaut that it is are only sophomores. Can the glory years get any better? I’d say it’s certainly possible.

Right now there’s Alabama and every other team is playing for second place. If there’s a team out there can beat this team, they haven’t shown it in the first three games.

Enjoy this season fans, this may be the one you tell your grandkids about some day and they may have to look it up to believe it. I can hardly believe it myself.:
 

Alabama Coaching Staff Selects Eight Players of the Week following Saturday’s Win at Ole Miss...

on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Click Here To Comment!
Crimson Tide Football:

The Alabama coaching staff selected eight players of the week following the Crimson Tide's dominant 62-7 win over Ole Miss last Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. 

Damien Harris, Jerry Jeudy and Jonah Williams on offense; 
Christian Miller, Deionte Thompson and Quinnen Williams on defense; 
Joseph Bulovas and Josh Jacobs on special teams;
all earned recognition from the Tide coaches for their efforts in Oxford.

Harris collected 85 yards of total offense, contributing on both the ground and through the air. The senior averaged a whopping 12.4 yards per carry, rushing five times for 62 yards with a touchdown. 


He added a team-high four catches totaling 23 yards. Jeudy paced UA in receiving yards, setting a career-high mark with 136 on three catches. 

The sophomore wideout added a pair of touchdown receptions for a third straight week to push his season total to a SEC-leading six. 

Williams continued his consistent play at left tackle, grading out at a team-high 94 percent. The junior did not miss an assignment, allow a sack or commit a penalty on 58 snaps and recorded two knockdown blocks.

The collective efforts of the Crimson Tide's defense limited the league's No. 1 scoring offense to only seven points, 54.5 points below the Rebels' season average entering Saturday. 


The Alabama defense held Ole Miss to only 248 yards of total offense, more than 300 yards below their season average going into the matchup with the Tide. 

UA also forced three turnovers on the day with a fumble recovery and two interceptions, one of which went for a touchdown.

Alabama's defensive effort was led by the trio of Miller, Thompson and Williams. 


Miller, a redshirt senior, put together a career performance in Oxford, totaling a career-high 2.5 sacks (-11 yards) as part of his five total tackles. 

Thompson earned his third consecutive defensive player of the week honors from the Tide coaches thanks to another standout performance in the secondary. 

The redshirt junior safety totaled four tackles while adding his second interception of the season, returning the pick 40 yards to set up an eventual UA touchdown. 

Williams joined Thompson for a third consecutive week on the coaches list, leading the Tide in tackles with six, including half a tackle for loss (-2 yards). The redshirt sophomore added one quarterback pressure to his totals against the Rebels.

Bulovas put together a solid performance in his first game as the starting placekicker. 


The redshirt freshman made field goals from 20 and 44 yards out while adding eight made PATs to total 14 points on the evening. He also contributed a season-high 11 kickoffs totaling 676 yards for an average of 61.5 yards per boot, forcing seven touchbacks in the process. 

Jacobs, a junior, excelled once again in a returner role, taking two kickoffs back for 101 total yards with a long return of 74 to set up a Tide field goal. 

He graded out at 100 percent on his kickoff and kickoff return snaps for the special teams unit while adding 18 yards rushing and a touchdown on offense.
 

Tide becomes first team in SEC History to score 50 pts. in first three games in a season...

on Sunday, September 16, 2018 Click Here To Comment!
Crimson Tide Football:

For 11 seconds, Alabama-Ole Miss in Oxford fit the script from the last two editions. The rest was like a surgical operation led by Dr. Tagovailoa.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide left town a 62-7 winner after responding to the Rebels' first-play touchdown. What started as a track meet ended in a rout. Alabama scored 62 straight points after the 75-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Metcalf on the game's first play.

Tua Tagovailoa continued his early statement for Heisman consideration with another efficient 11-for-15 night with 191 passing yards and two touchdowns that also included 47 rushing yards on five carries.

The Tide became the first team in SEC history to score 50-plus in each of the first three games of the season.

And this wacky rivalry that saw Ole Miss win two straight in 2014 and 2015 has now seen the Tide outscore the Rebels 128-10 the past two seasons.

Alabama (3-0) moves on to face Texas A&M at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday after another historic Saturday for the offense.

The blue drenched Vaught-Hemingway Stadium exploded on the first play strike that continued Ole Miss' big offensive season. A simple pitch-and-catch from the strong-armed quarterback to one of the Rebels' three marquee receivers turned out to be a tease.

It took just three plays for Alabama to carve up an Ole Miss defense that allowed 41 points a week ago against FCS opponent Southern Illinois. Passes for 17 yards and 12 yards were followed by a walk-in run from 43 yards out for Damien Harris.

The seven first-half touchdowns for Alabama averaged 26.1 yards with Jerry Jeudy adding two alone. The 28 points scored in the first quarter tied for the most in the Nick Saban era in an opening period. The Tide is now outscoring opponents 117-7 in the first halves of games this season.

On Saturday, Alabama had 418 total yards by the time it jogged to the locker room at halftime in an emptying stadium.

If there was a moment (outside of the first one) that drew groans from the Alabama section came in the first half when Joseph Bulovas missed a 38-yard field goal.

The redshirt freshman responded with two makes to close the night -- a 20-yarder early in the third and a 44-yarder early in the fourth.

Bulovas was 7-for-7 on extra points Saturday after finishing last week's game perfect on points after. Austin Jones missed three extra points in the first two games before being replaced by Bulovas.

Also on special teams, Jaylen Waddle broke his only punt return 37 yards.

And Josh Jacobs broke the second-half kickoff 74 yards.

In three games as a starter, Tagovailoa's not been asked to throw more than 19 passes. The 15 in Game 3 was the fewest so far, but the outcome was determined long before he tossed he last one.

His completion percentage Saturday was 73, ahead of the pace of 71.4 in the first three games.

And the anticipated showdown between the Hawaiian quarterbacks turned out as lopsided as the overall outcome. Jordan Ta'amu finished 7 of 22 with 133 yards -- 75 of which coming on the game's first play. He had two interceptions and the one touchdown.

Tagovailoa left the game in the second quarter and didn't return. Jalen Hurts took over from there by completing 7 of 10 passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
 

Swimming and Diving Opens 2018-19 Season with Delta State Sweep...

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Crimson Tide Swimming and Diving:

In the first meet of the 2018-19 collegiate season, the Alabama swimming and diving teams came out on top against Delta State Friday afternoon in the Alabama Aquatic Center.

The Crimson Tide men won their meet by a score of 213-82, while the UA women beat the Statesmen 206-88.

Alabama's men won 13 of 14 individual events and touched first in both relays. The Tide also won 13 of 14 individual races and finished first in both relays in the women's meet.

Alabama's freshmen made an early-season splash, with seven of the Tide women's 13 individual wins coming from freshmen, including two each from Kensey McMahon (500 and 1,000 freestyle), Rhyan White (100 and 200 butterfly) and Morgan Liberto (100 and 200 backstrokes).

The rookie's tally was six of 13 on the men's side of the meet, including Nico Hernandez-Tome (500 and 1,000 freestyle), Kevin Li (1-meter and 3-meter diving) and Nicholas Perera (200 butterfly and 200 individual medley).

Other freshmen victories included Kalia Antoniou (50 freestyle) for the women.

"Our freshman had a good day," UA head coach Dennis Pursley said.

"We knew that we had some blue chippers coming on board, and there were others that we were hoping to see this kind of start from, but you never know until they have the chance to get up and race."

"We've got more depth in this freshman class in events where we haven't had depth in the past," Pursley said.

"In my experience that's the first step – you get experience, then they start challenging one another and then breakout from there. So it's exciting to see."

The veterans did their share in filling the individual win column.

For the women, senior Ayanna Woods earned a pair of wins (1-meter and 3-meter diving), while sophomores Julia Kukla (200 freestyle), Flora Molnar (100 freestyle) and Alina Faunce (tied for first in the 200 butterfly), junior Alexis Preski (200 individual medley) and senior Justine Macfarlane (200 breaststroke) all scooped up one win a piece.

The men picked wins from seniors Laurent Bams (100 and 200 freestyle) and Robert Howard (200 backstroke), junior Zane Waddell (50 freestyle and 100 butterfly) and sophomores Richard Miksi (100 breaststroke) and Michael Burris (200 breaststroke).

"I'll have to go back and take a closer look, but I feel like our veterans are maybe a little ahead of where they were at this time last year and that's the kind of progress we want to continue to make year-over-year," Pursley said.

Alabama returns to action on Sept. 27 at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. The meet is slated to get underway at 6 p.m.
 

Offense Might Find Itself in Shootout of its Own Making...

on Saturday, September 15, 2018 Click Here To Comment!
Crimson Tide Football:

Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant is famous for many things, one of them being a quote attributed to him while he was head coach at the University of Kentucky: “Three things can happen when you throw the football, and only one of them’s good.”

Current-day football has decided the one good thing far outweighs the two bad things, and Alabama heads into this week’s contest against Ole Miss facing an offense determined to do that one good thing very, very well.

Unfortunately for Ole Miss, the defense hasn’t caught up with the offense – and it’s not going to.

Whereas Freeze packed the offense with top recruit on top of top recruit, the defense definitely got sloppy seconds.

The Rebels are vulnerable to even the most basic attacks.

Alabama, meanwhile, finds itself in a conundrum:
The Crimson Tide must decide whether its path to title No. 18 involved winging it right along with its high-flying competition.

Alabama can score quickly these days, but that just puts a thin defense back on the field more often. Is that what Alabama really wants to do?

This game isn’t really a trap game for Alabama, as Ole Miss has won two games in the series recently and isn’t about to sneak up on Alabama in any way.

It’s still a very dangerous matchup, however, and shows why Nick Saban so badly wanted to add Freeze to his staff over the offseason.

There isn’t anything quite like Ole Miss’ offense out there at the moment, at least not in the SEC.

Frenetically paced, with weapons everywhere, it’s an offense that relies on the pass, and when that doesn’t work, goes back to the same well.

The Rebels rank 2nd in passing offense and 56th in rushing offense, which represents almost a doubling of efficiency over last year, when Ole Miss came in 104th.

This is the 3rd-best scoring offense in the country, the 7th-best offense in regards to passing efficiency and 8th-best offense overall.

Alabama counters with its own multiple, pro-style attack that combines a lot of the spread elements found in Ole Miss’ attack with a more power-based rushing option.

Alabama is 19th in total offense, 31st in rushing and 26th in passing. Alabama actually boasts better passing efficiency (5th) and is the 10th-most prolific in terms of scoring.

It’s going to be a fight.
 

Tua And One Second With Daylight Equals A Completion...

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Crimson Tide Football:

From center snap to throw, approximately 1.6 football seconds is all Tua Tagovailoa needed. The average completion for Tagovailoa has gone 10.8 yards downfield.

Slants like the two early touchdowns vs Ark.St. can be difficult to defend, Tide safety Deionte Thompson said. It's a matter of geometry in front of 100,000 spectators.

In two games as Alabama's starter, Tagovailoa's used the middle of the field often and with success. Of his 35 passes so far, 16 went to the midsection -- nine alone in the win over Arkansas State.

"It's just the angle you have to take," Thompson said. "You have to be very aware of the angle you take because the slant route is a very angled route. As a safety trying to back pedal and break on it, if you take any bad angle, it could be a house call for 6."

Tagovailoa adds another dimension.

"Yeah. He puts it right on the money," Thompson said. "He has the left hand, coming from the left side it's very awkward because not many quarterbacks are left handed. How he puts it in there, it's special."

This was once a more dangerous play. The targeting rule changed the aggression with which linebackers and defensive backs could attack a receiver sprinting head-on into no-man's land.

Both Jeudy and DeVonta Smith said there's no room for fear when breaking to the middle of the field.

"You would think that, but not really," Jeudy said. "You just have to make the play to the ball and the quarterback will do a good job throwing to you not to get hit."

Only once this year has the slant gone wrong. Smith took a big hit from Louisville linebacker Dorian Etheridge who read the play before Jalen Hurts could fit the ball into his target. Etheridge blew up Smith just as the ball arrived to deliver a big hit.

By design, that shouldn't be an issue.

Nick Saban said the defensive alignment often dictates the slant. Arkansas State, for example, played split safeties, which left the middle of the field open.

"That gave us an opportunity to get some of those passes off," Saban said.

Overall, Saban said he likes Tagovailoa's approach in the pocket. He's instinctive with the ability to read defenses like on DeVonta Smith's 41-yard touchdown when the cornerback blitzed to leave the receiver uncovered up the sideline for an easy pitch and catch.

"He wasn't even supposed to be reading that side of the field," Saban said.

The third touchdown in four possessions had Alabama in control in what became a 50-point blowout.
 

25th-Ranked Crimson Tide Defeats South Alabama, Falls to No. 15 Purdue...

on Saturday, September 15, 2018 Click Here To Comment!
Crimson Tide Volleyball:

No. 25 Alabama volleyball extended its winning streak to 11-straight games with a win over South Alabama before suffering its first loss of the season to No. 15 Purdue Friday at Foster Auditorium.

The Crimson Tide (11-0) opened play at the Crimson-White Tournament Friday morning with a four-set win over South Alabama (6-6), posting scores of 25-21, 17-25, 25-15 and 25-19.

The win stretched Alabama's winning streak to 11 games, the Tide's longest winning streak since 2012.

Senior Quincey Gary led the team with eight digs, which moves her to seventh in career digs at Alabama with 1,149. On the offensive end, sophomore Doris Carter and junior Giger Perinar led the team with 16 kills each, hitting .324 and .333, respectively.

In the second match of the day, Alabama was stymied by No. 15 Purdue (10-0), limited to a .171 hitting percentage while the Boilermakers hit .327 as a team in the three-set sweep.

The Tide fought to a close three-point loss in the opening set, 22-25, but Purdue won the next two by increasing margins of 19-25 and 15-25, respectively.

MATCH ONE: ALABAMA 3, SOUTH ALABAMA 1

With Alabama down 2-1 early in the opening set, The Tide rebounded to score seven-straight points to build an 8-2 lead. South Alabama clawed away at the deficit, eventually scoring four-straight to draw within one at the Tide's first timeout, 17-16.

Momentum swung back Alabama's way in the closing points, with a service ace from sophomore Kaylee Thomas bringing up set point, 24-20, in the eventual 25-21 win.

The teams battled evenly to start the second set, with South Alabama maintaining a slim lead. The Jaguars led 15-13 at the media timeout and a 3-1 run extended the lead to 18-14 before Alabama called a team timeout.

Another 3-1 run for Jaguars extended the margin to 21-15 at the Tide's next timeout. South Alabama held steady to win the set, 25-17, and even the match at 1-1.

South Alabama scored three-straight points to open the third set but Alabama quickly responded with four unanswered.

After three tie scores, Alabama went on an 8-2 run to build a 15-9 at the media timeout, capped by a streak of four straight heading into the break.

The Tide kept rolling in the second half, eventually winning off back-to-back kills from Carter to win, 25-15.

After challenging the very first point and overturning it in the Tide's favor, Alabama added three more to take a 4-0 lead.

South Alabama fought back to take a one-point lead twice before the 10-point mark, but a four-point swing put Alabama back in front, 12-9, as the Jaguars called a timeout.

South Alabama would fight back to a one-point deficit at 14-13 and 15-14, but that was the closest the score would be down the stretch as Alabama held steady to win, 25-19, and take the 3-1 match victory.

MATCH TWO: PURDUE 3, ALABAMA 0

Down 8-5 early, Alabama bounced back with a 6-1 run to lead 11-9. Purdue edged back ahead at the media timeout, 15-14, and a kill from junior Hayley McSparin off an overpass eventually tied it back up at 19-19 as the Boilermakers called a timeout.

A block from McSparin and freshman Mylana Byrd after break made it 20-19 but the Tide found itself trailing soon after, taking a timeout down 21-20. The teams were tied at 22-22 before Purdue closed out the frame with three-straight to win, 25-22.

Purdue held a slim lead early in set two before a service ace from Gary ties it at 11-11.

The Boilermakers led 15-13 at media timeout and 19-15 at Alabama's first timeout. Two quick points for the Tide after the break on a kill from Perinar and ace from sophomore Meghan Neelon forced Purdue to call a timeout.

Alabama scored one more to draw within one point but Purdue pulled back ahead with three-straight, including back-to-back aces, before the Tide called a timeout down 22-18. Purdue held on to win, 25-19, and take a 2-0 match lead.

Purdue got off to a hot start in the third, forcing Alabama to burn its two team timeouts trailing 6-2 and 10-4. Purdue kept the momentum for the remainder of the set, eventually winning by double-digits, 25-15, to complete the sweep.

Alabama concludes play at the Crimson-White Tournament Saturday, facing Southern Miss (6-6) at 2 p.m. CT.
 

Men’s Golf in Fifth After Opening Round of Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational...

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Crimson Tide Men's Golf:

Olympia Fields, Ill.

The second-ranked Alabama men's golf team carded a total of 4-over par 284 on Friday and is in fifth place after the opening round of the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.

The Crimson Tide, one of 10 squads in the 15-team field which are ranked in the top-25 entering the event, trails co-leaders No. 1 Oklahoma State and No. 11 California, who are tied at 7-under par 273.

Alabama was led by senior Davis Riley, the event's defending individual champion from a year ago, who carded his fourth consecutive below-par round to begin the season with 2-under par 68 on Friday.

The Hattiesburg, Miss., native collected five birdies and three bogeys during his opening round and will enter Saturday's second round three strokes back of clubhouse leader Matthew Wolfe of Oklahoma State.

Freshman Frankie Capan III also had a solid opening 18 holes, as he ended the day in a tie for 13th with an even par 70 on the 7,281-yard Olympia Fields North Course layout.

Sophomores Davis Shore and Wilson Furr, along with junior Josh Sedeno, all carded a 3-over par 73 and are tied for 31st to round out the Crimson Tide golfers.

Alabama is just a stroke back of No. 23 UNLV and South Carolina, both of which carded a 3-over 283.

Tournament-host No. 16 Illinois is in sixth at 5-over par, followed by No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 20 USC, Indiana and No. 11 Stanford to round out the top-10 teams, respectively.

The Crimson Tide will tee off the second round of play on Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. CT off Hole No. 1 and will be paired alongside UNLV and Illinois. Live scoring can be found on Golfstat.com.