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The SEC'S Winner's & Loser's For Week #13...

on 11/24/2017 Click Here To Comment!
SEC Football Predictions Week #13:

Our prediction record to date:
Last week: 8-1 (88.8%) - Season: 85-16 (84.15%)

Ole Miss @ Miss. St. | Nov. 23rd - 7:30 PM ET ESPN:

The Egg Bowl is on Thanksgiving night. The Bulldogs are 16-point favorites but have split the last four meetings with the Rebels.

Ole Miss 17 -  Miss. St. 35 

Missouri @ Arkansas | Nov. 24th - 3:30 PM ET CBS:

Missouri looks to complete a remarkable turnaround to its season when it travels to Arkansas.

The Razorbacks are 12.5-point underdogs, and they’ve lost two of the three meetings between the schools since Missouri joined the SEC.

Arkansas 17 -  Missouri 35 

Georgia makes the short trip to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech on Saturday, and the Bulldogs are 12-point favorites.

The Yellow Jackets have won two of the last three meetings, including a 28-27 win in Athens last fall.

 Georgia 38  - Georgia Tech 21

Florida St. @ Florida | Nov. 25th - 12:00 PM ET ESPN Network:

Florida State’s quest for bowl eligibility leads it to Gainesville for a game against Florida.

The Gators are 4.5-point underdogs, but have dropped four in a row in the series.

 Florida St. 26  - Florida 21

Louisville @ Kentucky  | Nov. 25th - 12:00 PM ET SEC Network:

The Governor’s Cup will be up for grabs when Louisville visits Lexington to face Kentucky.

The Wildcats are 9.5-point underdogs and have dropped five of the last six meetings.

Kentucky did earn a 41-38 victory last season.

Louisville 34  - Kentucky 28

Alabama Auburn | Nov. 25th - 3:30 PM ET CBS:

The final week of the regular season is upon us, and as always, it goes out with a bang.

The Iron Bowl is the main attraction, of course, and Alabama is a 4-point favorite on the road against Auburn.

The Crimson Tide have won three in a row in this series since the “Kick Six” in 2013.

Auburn 31 - Alabama 24

Vanderbilt @ Tennessee | Nov. 25th - 4:00 PM ET SEC Network:

Vanderbilt will head over to Knoxville to take on Tennessee, and the Volunteers are 1.5-point favorites.

The Commodores have won three out of five in the series, but the Volunteers won six in a row before the current stretch.

Vanderbilt 27 - Tennessee 17

Clemson @ So. Carolina | Nov. 25th - 7:30 PM ET ESPN:

Clemson will travel down to Columbia to face South Carolina, and the Gamecocks are 13.5-point underdogs.

South Carolina won five straight games from 2009 to 2013, but the Tigers have taken three straight meetings.

Clemson 36 - So. Carolina 25

Texas A&M @ L.S.U. | Nov. 25th - 7:30 PM ET SEC Network:

Texas A&M will try to earn its first win against LSU since it joined the SEC when it visits Tiger Stadium Saturday night.

LSU is a 12-point favorite, however, and hasn’t lost a game to the Aggies since the 1995 season.

Texas A&M 27  L.S.U. 32 

Open-Week: None - Have A Great Bowl Season!

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Could a Computer Model Be Right...

on 11/24/2017 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide Football:

I ran across this Computer generated model yesterday, do you think it could be a better predictor than the talking heads we see & hear everyday...?

I hope so BUT I still have the feeling that the injuries on Bama's 'D' will/could turn out to be the overall deciding factor in this Iron Bowl!

I do think they will be playing the only team in the SEC that has a chance to beat them! If the Tide manages to pull out this game, they should get past UGA in the SECCG...!

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SEC Team Offense, Defense, Special Teams Statistics - through week 12 - 2017:

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SEC Football Stats:

SEC Team Offensive Total Statistics - 2017:

4Ole Miss51934723694335.81499136.336333.0
6Mississippi State45374121836166.92701245.535732.5
7Texas A&M43933992540230.91853168.535232.0
10South Carolina38753522429220.81446131.527925.4

SEC Team Defensive Total Statistics - 2017:

1Texas A&M42730573236.0224391075402
7Ole Miss47135082126.017030641150
8Mississippi State28744272926.0147358319903
10South Carolina45423268623.01634310116452

SEC Team Special Team Total Statistics - 2017:

3Ole Miss182378.3491-110-106-71-40-1394195.1
4Texas A&M172181.0522-26-64-44-61-3414297.6
11South Carolina 122450.0 470-05-55-72-100-2333497.1
12Mississippi State111478.6450-05-53-43-50-0444695.7

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Alabama Football’s Scott, Fitzpatrick Named National Award Finalists...

on 11/23/2017 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide Football:

Alabama senior punter JK Scott is a finalist for the Ray Guy Award while junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick is among the final candidates for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award, it was announced Monday.

Scott has been dominant once again this season, punting 38 times for 1,638 yards to average 43.1 yards per boot. The senior owns a season-long 59-yard kick with 13 of his punts going for 50-plus yards. 

Scott has dropped 21 of his kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line and has allowed only three returns all season totaling just two yards. Scott is joined as a finalist by Michael Dickson (University of Texas) and Mitch Wishnowsky (University of Utah).

Fitzpatrick is the Tide's fifth-leading tackler with 44 stops and has added 5.5 tackles for loss (-25 yards), 1.5 sacks (15 yards), six pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and a blocked kick through 11 games this season. 

The Old Bridge, N.J., native was previously announced as a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and is a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. 

Finalists for the Bednarik Award are:

•Minkah Fitzpatrick (University Of Alabama)
•Bradley Chubb (North Carolina State University)
•Roquan Smith (University of Georgia)

Thorpe Award finalists include:

•J.K. Scott (University Of Alabama)
•DeShon Elliott (University of Texas) 
•Josh Jackson (University of Iowa)

Jonathan Allen became Alabama's first Bednarik Award winner in 2016 while Antonio Langham was honored Alabama's only Thorpe Award winner in 1993.

The Guy, Bednarik and Thorpe winners will all be announced at the annual Home Depot College Football Awards Show hosted by the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga., on Dec. 7.

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Alabama’s Robert Howard Named SEC Male Swimmer of the Week...

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Crimson Tide Swimming:

Alabama junior sprinter Robert Howard was named the Southeastern Conference Male Swimmer of the Week the league office announced Tuesday.

Howard posted three individual wins and was a part of five winning relays during the Georgia Tech Invitational last weekend. 

He recorded a career-best 41.99 in the 100 freestyle, the nation's top time in the event.

The Alexander City, Ala., native also registered a career-best 19.11 in the 50 freestyle, which ranks him third nationally as well as a career-best 1:33.75 in the 200 freestyle, ranking him fifth nationally. 

With those times, he is now ranked second all-time at Alabama in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles.

All five relays Howard swam on posted season-best marks and are ranked in the top five nationally, including two at second and two at third.

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Football Shifts Focus to Game Planning for Saturday’s Rivalry Game with No. 6 Auburn...

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Crimson Tide Football:

The University of Alabama football team practiced in full pads for two hours at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for this weekend's rivalry game with No. 6 Auburn.

The Crimson Tide continued to work on a game-plan to stop a Tiger rushing attack that ranks fourth in the SEC with an average of 244.0 yards per game. 

Not to be overlooked is Auburn's stout defensive front, which also ranks third in the conference in rush defense. 

The Crimson Tide and Tigers are scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff at Jordan-Hare Stadium, which will air on CBS with the trio of Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Allie LaForce covering the action.

Alabama and Auburn will meet for the 82nd time this Saturday. Alabama holds a 45-35-1 (.555) lead in a series that dates back to the 1893 season. Alabama has had the upper hand in recent meetings, claiming seven of the last nine match-ups. 

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is 9-6 all-time against Auburn, including a 7-3 mark in the Iron Bowl and a 3-2 record at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is 1-4 against Alabama in his five years with the Tigers.

Earlier today, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was selected as one of 15 semifinalists for the 2017 Broyles Award, the Frank and Barbara Broyles Foundation announced on Tuesday afternoon. 

The Broyles Award was created in 1996 recognizing Coach Frank Broyles' legacy of selecting and developing great assistants during his almost two decades as head coach at Arkansas. 

Five finalists will be selected and invited to travel to Little Rock, Ark., where the winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 5th at the Marriott Hotel.

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No. 25 Alabama Men’s Basketball Edges UT Arlington, 77-76, in Back-and-Forth Battle...

on 11/22/2017 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide Men's Basketball:

The No. 25 ranked Alabama Men's Basketball team edged UT Arlington, 77-76, behind freshman Collin Sexton's 29 points on Tuesday night in Coleman Coliseum.

"This is a great win for our program and team," said head coach Avery Johnson. 

 "In the past, there were a lot of times we were disappointed sitting here at this podium talking to (the media). By any stretch of the imagination it wasn't pretty, but we did whatever it took to win the game. We had a couple of breakdowns in the first half, but we changed some stuff at halftime. We had much better effort, especially on the defensive end of the floor against a really good UT Arlington team that's, barring any foreseen circumstances, going to make the (NCAA) tournament. They're probably going to win their league.

They've got two of the best players in their league in (Erick) Neal and (Kevin) Hervey, who can play anywhere in the country.

"These two young guys (Donta Hall and Collin Sexton) had an amazing game for us in different times, and we're just awfully proud of our team."

Sexton made history as he became the first freshman in the modern era at Alabama to have scored 20-plus points in three consecutive games. 

The last time the feat was accomplished, freshmen were not allowed to play on the varsity team as former standout Charles Cleveland scored 20-plus points in each of his first three games with the Alabama freshmen team at the start of the 1971-72 season.

The Crimson Tide (4-0) was led defensively by freshman Herbert Jones who had four steals, drew four charges and collected nine defensive rebounds to go along with seven points and three assists. Junior Donta Hall added eight points, along with five boards and two blocks, as did freshman John Petty and junior Avery Johnson Jr

Sexton scored the Tide's final five points down the stretch, and made the final play on defense to claim the victory. After Alabama led by four, 77-73, with 19 seconds left, UT Arlington's Erick Neal drilled a three to make it a one-point lead. 

The Tide was called for a five second call and turned the ball over, setting up the final play of the game as Sexton's defense forced UT Arlington into a contested shot that fell short on the final play of the game. Alabama forced 18 turnovers and held the Mavericks to 39 percent shooting in the second half.

UTA started the game red-hot, hitting eight of its first 10 shots from the floor to begin the game and jumped out to a 17-7 lead.

Alabama responded and cut the UT Arlington lead to four at the 13:47 minute mark after a three-point play by Sexton, but the Mavs continued to use a balanced attack grabbing their largest lead of the game, 44-32, with 4:17 left on the clock. Alabama used a late-half rally down the stretch, shooting 5-of-7 from the field to trim the deficit to 46-41 going into the break.

The Tide continued to cut into the Maverick lead in the second half, tying the game at 51-51 after Sexton's two free throws with 14:15 remaining. 

Two minutes later, Alabama took its first lead of the game after Johnson drilled a three-pointer at the 12:12 mark to put UA up 54-53. Later in the half, the Tide defense turned up the pressure by forcing four turnovers in four minutes to open up an 8-0 scoring run, and giving Alabama the 66-60 lead with 6:38 left in the game.

The Mavericks answered by using an 8-1 run to shrink Alabama's lead to 72-71 with 2:13 left on the clock. Down the stretch, it was Sexton again who came up clutch, knocking down two free throws and a jumper inside the paint to give the Tide the 77-73 advantage with 30 seconds left in regulation, setting up the final sequence of events.

The Crimson Tide will hit the road and return to action against BYU on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. CT in Brooklyn, N.Y. The game will be part of the Barclays Center Classic and can be viewed on Stadium TV via Facebook Live.

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