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Alabama's next game is at Penn State. This will be a barn-burner!

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Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:53 am

One of the top three, if not top stadiums in America. It came dangerously close to being severely damaged in the tornados. Thankfully it was not hit but a very close call. Simply beautiful stadium!
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Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:29 pm

http://sportige.com/top-10-ncaa-football-stadiums/

Just a list of the top 10 largest capacity stadiums. Kind of surprised me.
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Alabama vs. Florida Tomorrow

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Nick Saban's Alabama team has been businesslike thus far in rolling to a 4-0 record, but how will the Crimson Tide handle its first SEC road game of the year at The Swamp?

Former Saban assistant Will Muschamp wants his Florida Gators to treat the Crimson Tide like just any other team, but can they?

Sure, there's been lots of Saban vs. Muschamp talk, but what will be the key to this SEC headliner? The Tide receivers? The tough Alabama defense vs. Florida's Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps? Can Trent Richardson continue to rack up touchdowns and big rushing numbers?

Which quarterback will come out on top, Alabama's AJ McCarron or Florida's John Brantley? Will either need to be a playmaker this week for his team to get a win?

My Predection:
Alabama 35
Florida 14
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Please accept my apology for being a little off on my prediction before last night's game that the final core would be Alabama 35 - Florida 14. The final score was Alabama 38 - Florida 10.

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ImageAlabama running back Trent Richardson (3) tries to bull his way past Florida safety Matt Elam (22) in the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. (Press-Register, G.M. Andrews)

Alabama 38, Florida 10: Grading the Tide

Published: Sunday, October 02, 2011, 6:48 AM Updated: Sunday, October 02, 2011, 6:59 AM

By Don Kausler Jr./Tuscaloosa Bureau, The Birmingham News, Press-Register, and The Huntsville Times


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Who was the star of Alabama's stunning 38-10 victory over Florida on Saturday night at The Swamp?

Was it Trent Richardson, who ran a career-high 29 times for a career-high 181 yards and probably ran his way back into the Heisman Trophy conversation?

Was it outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, who delivered the biggest play -- a 45-yard pick six -- and the biggest blow of the night: a sack just before halftime that knocked Florida quarterback John Brantley out of the game?

Was it an offensive line that blew double-wide holes in a good defensive line?

Was it a defense that held a strong running game to 15 net yards on 29 rushing attempts? Even when adjusted to subtract three sacks for minus-30 yards, the Gators ran 26 times for 45 yards. Chris Rainey ran 11 times for 4 yards. Jeff Demps ran three times for 4 yards.

Alabama coach Nick Saban applauded good individual performances.

"But I think this is a great team win," he said. "I don't think you can single out one player."

This was Saban football at its best, the way the Crimson Tide dominated on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

Florida scored a touchdown on the first play of the game, then didn't get in the end zone again.

It appeared to take a 14-3 lead on its second possession. A pass into the back right corner of the end zone originally was ruled a touchdown, but the play was reviewed and the call was reverse. The Gators went on to settle for a field goal, and that was the end of their scoring.

This makes three consecutive whippings in the series. Which one was the most impressive?

> A 32-13 victory in the 2009 Southeastern Conference Championship Game?
> A 31-6 victory last season at Bryant-Denny Stadium?
> A four-touchdown victory on the road against a four-point underdog?

The coaching staff did a fine job of settling down a team that was too hyped at the beginning of the game. Some adjustments early in the game were critical.

"They did a good job in the beginning of the game with some of their formations with two tight ends," Saban said of the Gators. "We always see something a little different, and our guys did a good job of adjusting to it."
The biggest adjustment was a change to zone defense.

Now it will be interesting to see how much love the Tide receives in the polls. It went into the game ranked No. 3 in The Associated Press poll, behind No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Oklahoma. It was tied with LSU for No. 2 in the USA Today coaches' poll, behind No. 1 Oklahoma.

Critics seem determined to find flaws with Alabama, but they'll have to get out a magnifying glass this week. One way to knock the Tide is to criticize its opponents, but the fact that it is making good teams look mediocre might be the best compliment Alabama can be paid.

So it is 5-0. That's the same record it had a year ago. Then it went on the road to South Carolina and was humbled, and it went on to lose two more games.

This time, the schedule is favorable. It comes home for its sixth game, and the opponent is a Vanderbilt team that seems much improved, yet the Commodores can't possibly be much of a match for this national championship contender.

A road game at Ole Miss and a home game against Tennessee then are all that stand between the Tide and a Nov. 5 showdown against LSU. It's hard not to look ahead, but the Tide will have two weeks to prepare for that game. Saban should have no trouble keeping his team focused on each opponent as it comes.

On to the report card....

Offense
B: Playing with a mission, Florida native Trent Richardson piled up 208 all-purpose yards on 31 touches and ran for two TDs. The Tide didn't need much more.

Defense
A: The first-play TD pass that the Tide gave up was stunning, but so was Courtney Upshaw's interception return for a TD and his knockout of Florida QB John Brantley.

Special teams
B: The highlight was a 70-yard kickoff return by Marquis Maze set up the Tide's first touchdown.

Coaching
A: A solid plan was well executed, and the staff helped the Tide keep its poise when it trailed early.

Overall
A: A four-touchdown victory on the road against another ranked team.

How can anyone not be impressed?

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Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:03 am

Roll Tide! They looked very tough. I also very much appreciate Saban toning his anger down this year. He is a perfectionist and is prone to combustion. He has done a great job of lowering the flame this year, unlike Brian Kelly of Notre Dame and Bo Pelini of Nebraska, who can and do erupt at a moments notice.
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Alabama is the best team in the country. We can sit here all day and talk about how LSU has more overall talent, but it would be a waste of time. Nick Saban doesn't lose to teams in back-to-back seasons. He WILL NOT lose to LSU.
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Todays Game Prediction

Alabama 56
Vanderbilt 3
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Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:46 pm

November 5th is around the corner....and LSU is off the week before, so they have that extra week to prepare. I believe this game will be decided by turnovers or kick returns. Otherwise, it should be a battle.
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Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:53 pm

Now the Rajun Cajuns at 5 and 1 and undefeated in the Sun Belt, were picked by some at 120 0f 120 teams, and received two votes in the Harris pole. Talk about a turnaround so far... :) The Cajuns, Tigers and Saints have all won for the last four weeks. This has never happened before.
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SouthernBreeze wrote:November 5th is around the corner....and LSU is off the week before, so they have that extra week to prepare. I believe this game will be decided by turnovers or kick returns. Otherwise, it should be a battle.
Actually, Alabama has the same week off to prepare for LSU. This will be a great contest of the two best teams in America before the game and after the game. I have the following prediction:

Alabama 20
LSU 17
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Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:10 am

November 5th...Pre BCS Championship Title...Saban's Tide VS Miles Tigers..."Let's Get Ready To Rumble"
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Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:41 am

On paper, one could not ask for a better game. Like you alluded to SB, this is a Championship game. Often times these types of games don't live up to the billing, with penalities, nerves, slow play, etc. I think this will live up to the hype although I do believe it will be a defensive battle. I can't even offer a predicted score at this point. Too much to consider.
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