Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jeff Demps Probable for Saturday’s Game vs. Tide

AP-- Florida running back Jeff Demps is no longer wearing a protective boot, and coach Urban Meyer says he is "probable" to play against top-ranked Alabama on Saturday.

Meyer says Demps will be "very limited" in practice Wednesday afternoon. Meyer added that he's counting on Demps to return to practice Thursday or Friday.

Demps bruised his left foot Sept. 18 at Tennessee and re-injured it during Saturday's 48-14 win against Kentucky. Tests showed no ligament damage or broken bones.

Demps leads the seventh-ranked Gators with 367 yards rushing and has scored twice. He also has 11 receptions for 61 yards.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

Alabama vs Arkansas Highlights

Courtesy of MrUAFootball.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

SEC Week 5 Schedule

Saturday- October 2nd:

LA- Monroe @ Auburn (#10) – 12:00 PM ESPNU

Vanderbilt @ Connecticut – 12:00 PM ESPN3

Kentucky @ Mississippi – 12:00 PM ESPN3

Alcorn State @ Mississippi State – 12:00 PM ESPN3

Tennessee @ LSU (#12) – 3:30 PM CBS

Georgia @ Colorado – 7:00 PM Fox Sports Net

Florida (#7) @ Alabama (#1) – 8:00 PM CBS

BYE- Arkansas, South Carolina

 

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Videos from Monday’s Press Conference

iHere are videos from yesterday’s press conference, courtesy of al.com.

Nick Saban Press Conference 9/27/10
Mark Ingram Press Conference
Greg McElroy press conference
Robert Lester talks about Arkansas
Barrett Jones press conference
Courtney Upshaw Press Conference

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

SEC Week 4 Schedule

Week 4 in the SEC brings Alabama’s first big challenge as the Tide travels to Arkansas. Georgia looks to bounce back at Mississippi State, and South Carolina heads to Auburn to continue their winning streak.

Saturday- September 25th:

UAB @ Tennessee – 12:21 PM

Alabama (#1) @ Arkansas (#10) – 3:30 PM

Kentucky @ Florida (#9) – 7:00 PM

Georgia @ Mississippi State – 7:00 PM

Fresno State @ Ole Miss – 7:30 PM

South Carolina (#12) @ Auburn (#17) – 7:45 PM

West Virginia (#22) @ LSU (#15)

Vanderbilt - BYE

 

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Tide Moves Linebackers Around in Prep for Arkansas

Rollbamaroll.com- With preparation officially underway for the road trip to play Arkansas this weekend, we do have at least one interesting personnel change to start the week. Namely, Jerrell Harris spent this afternoon working at outside linebacker, where he spent Fall camp and most of his career at UA. After a position switch late in Fall camp, Harris has started the first three games of the season inside at the Will position.

Part of the move may not be a great surprise given Arkansas' passing game. Chavis Williams, who has been starting at Sam linebacker the first three weeks, is the first off the field when the Tide goes to the nickel package, and with that in mind he probably wouldn't have seen a great deal of playing time against Arkansas regardless of what happened with Harris. Furthermore, moving Harris outside may make it easier for Nick Saban and company to match him up in man coverage situations against Arkansas' standout tight end D.J. Williams, a sensible move considering that in all likelihood it will be Harris who draws that assignment more often than not. 

Having said that, however, this move could just as easily be driven by concerns largely unrelated to the upcoming game against Arkansas or there much-ballyhooed passing attack. There were some worries before the season about the effectiveness of the run defense with no Terrence Cody manning the nose and an arguably undersized Harris playing inside at linebacker, and while that may not be the underlying culprit in our run defense, the point nevertheless remains that to date our run defense has been somewhat suspect. Penn State and Duke both found some degree of success on the ground, our defensive front seven has not been able to get the penetration needed to consistently generate tackles behind the line, and Saban explicitly called out the need to improve our performance against the run after the Duke game. Now all of that may not be the fault of Harris in particular, but that doesn't mean that this move may not be driven by a desire to get more size along the defensive interior.

Arkansas does generally struggle to run the football, as evidenced by the fact that they only have about 350 rushing yards combined in three games, but even so it should be noted that they do have big, physical tailbacks. Knile Davis is the smallest of the group, and he comes in at around 6'0 and 220 pounds. Broderick Green and Ronnie Wingo are even bigger, coming in at roughly 230 and 250 pounds, respectively. It hasn't been a productive running attack to date, but even so it is one that will require an opposing defense to be strong and physical along the interior to stop. Furthermore, as the season progresses, LSU and South Carolina look to sport physical running games, and we'll have to play accordingly to stop those attacks. In that regard, this move could at least be partially driven by an effort to improve our run defense in the coming weeks.

The question now becomes, I suppose, who plays the Will position if Harris stays outside? Nico Johnson started there a year ago after the knee injury to Dont'a Hightower, but for whatever reason his playing time has decreased significantly this season, and he seems an unlikely candidate at the moment. Furthermore, true freshman C.J. Mosley has seen increased playing time week-by-week after some strong early performances, but for now his specialty seems to be pass defense. It seems, for better or for worse, that the job will likely go to Chris Jordan. He was in line to start at the Will position until Harris made the late-camp move inside, and he would give us more size on the defensive interior. As long as he is fully healed from the shoulder injury he suffered against Penn State, which seems to be the case, expect him to start at the Will position if Harris remains outside.

Videos from Monday’s Press Conference

Here are videos from yesterday’s press conference, courtesy of al.com.

Nick Saban on upcoming Arkansas game
Greg McElroy, 9-20-10
Julio Jones, 9-20-10
Mark Ingram, 9-20-10
Barrett Jones, 9-20-10
Jerrell Harris, 9-20-10
Damion Square 9-10-2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Alabama vs. Duke Highlights

 

Courtesy of MrUAFootball.

Alabama vs. Florida Time Set

The Crimson Tide’s October 2nd matchup with the University of Florida has been scheduled for 7:00 P.M. The game will be televised on CBS.

Birmingham News: Grading the Tide

Alabama_Logo2 Don Kausler Jr., from the Birmingham News Grades the Tide on their performance over the weekend against Duke.

See article from Birmingham News Here.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

SEC Schedule in Week 3

Here is the Week 3 schedule for the SEC. On this weekend’s plate is 5 SEC matchups including Arkansas vs. Georgia and Mississippi State vs. LSU.

Saturday- September 18th:

Arkansas (#12) @ Georgia – 12:00 P.M.  ESPN

Vanderbilt @ Ole Miss – 12:21 P.M. ESPN3

Alabama (#1) @ Duke – 3:30 P.M. ABC/ ESPN3

Florida (#10) @ Tennessee – 3:30 P.M. CBS

Clemson @ Auburn (#16) – 7:00 P.M. ESPN/ ESPN3

Akron @ Kentucky – 7:00 P.M. ESPN3

Mississippi State @ LSU (#15) – 7:00 P.M. ESPNU

Furman @ South Carolina (#13) – 7:00 P.M. ESPN3

 

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Video: Mark Ingram leads RB’s through drills.

With those wondering how Mark Ingram will look on Saturday vs. the Blue Devils. Here is a video from the Birmingham News showing Ingram leading the RB's in drills. Looks pretty good to me!!!
Mark Ingram leads running backs through drills

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ingram Returns to Practice

Earlier today, Nick Saban said that Mark Ingram will be at practice today.

Saban said he will get limited repetitions, “just to see how he gets back into it.”

Trent Richardson named Co-SEC Offensive Player of the Week

After a stellar performance Saturday night against Penn State. Trent Richardson has been named SEC co-offensive player of the week along side South Carolina’s running back Marcus Lattimore.

Richardson had 22 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown against a Penn State defense that hasn’t allowed a 100 yard rusher in 17 games. He also caught four passes for 46 yards.

Tide Rolls Penn State 24-3

Alabama_Logo2 You didn’t have to watch the game Saturday night to know how it went, you simply just had to hear what Joe Paterno had to say after the game was over. When asked about the game, Paterno said, “I thought (Alabama) had a very good football team.” He added, “I think they outcoached us; they outplayed us and kicked the crap out of us. Anything else you want to know?”

For the Tide, is was almost a perfectly executed game plan. Greg McElroy completed 16 of 24 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Behind him, Trent Richardson rushed for 190 yards and became the first player to run for over 100 yards against the Nittany Lion defense in 17 games. Coming out of the gate, the Tide scored on three of its first four possessions allowing them to build a lead of 17 to 0 going into halftime at Bryant Denny.  The Tide added another 7 points in the fourth quarter to cap of the evening when Richardson scored on a one yard dive into the end zone.

On defense, Alabama forced four turnovers, including three inside the Alabama red zone. They only allowed 283 yards in the game and three points to be put on the board by a late field goal in the fourth quarter by Collin Wagner. All in all, the pressure on freshman quarterback Rob Bolden was too much, he went 13 of 29 for 144 yards with two interceptions. The Tide defense also only allowed 127 yards rushing, limiting Evan Royster to 32 yards on 9 carries.

The Crimson Tide will next head to Duke with a boost on defense with the return of Marcell Dareus and possible return on Mark Ingram in the backfield.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Game 2 Preview: Penn State

150px-Penn_State_Nittany_Lions_svg In a meeting of goliaths, Penn State will venture south to face the Crimson Tide Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The last time the teams met was in 1990 when Penn State beat the Tide in Tuscaloosa. Overall, the Tide leads the series 8-5, with most of the matchups coming in the 80’s and 90’s. For the Tide, their biggest game against Penn State came in the 1979 Sugar Bowl, when the two faced off for the National Championship. The then ranked #2 Tide would knock off the #1 Nittany Lions and 14-7 and take home Bear Bryant’s last championship.

Last Season, Penn State went 11-2 including a Capital One Bowl victory of the LSU Tigers. Penn State opened this season with an impressive victory over Youngstown State, beating them 44-14. The biggest headline from their first matchup was the performance of their true freshman quarterback, Rob Bolden, who went 20-29 for 239 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. For his efforts he earned Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week honors. Bolden was the first freshman to start for the Nittany Lions since 1992 and the first to do it in a season opener. The big question for Bolden is whether or not he can continue his success against a defense as good as the Crimson Tide’s. Unfortunately for Bolden, Nick Saban may be one of the best defensive minds there is and will have some never before seen looks to give him.

Helping Bolden in the backfield is Penn State’s running back Evan Royster who now is 6th in career rushing yardage in Penn State history. While he was limited last week, he still will demand the defense’s attention when lined up in the backfield. On the outside for the Nittany Lions is senior co-captain Brett Brackett, who caught both of Bolden’s touchdown passes last weekend and almost 100 yards receiving. Even with its skill position players, the Penn State offensive line will have a lot of work to do against the defensive front of Alabama. Their success will depend on how well the line protects Bolden and gives him an opportunity to make plays down the field.

The best match up of the day will be the Alabama offense vs. the Penn State defense. Much like Alabama, the Nittany Lion defense has not allowed a opposing running back to go over 100 yards in 17 straight games. The Penn State defense however will have a big test against Trent Richardson and the Alabama rushing attack. Even with Ingram out for a second game, the combination of offensive line and rushing attack  of Alabama may be the best they have seen in a while.

Overall the game may come down to the battle in the trenches. The Penn State offense will have to keep the Tide’s defense from rattling Bolden, and the Alabama defensive line will have to create that pressure without Courtney Upshaw at 100%. The Tide defense should be able to dial something up to pressure Bolden with Nick Saban and Kirby Smart calling the plays. As for the Tide’s offense, they will have to establish the run to open up Julio Jones and the other Tide receivers. When it is all said and done, Tide victory!!!

Penn State Nittany Lions Not Likely To Beat Crimson Tide Down in Alabama

Jimmy Boyd writes for the bleacher report that,Penn State Nittany Lions Not Likely To Beat Crimson Tide Down in Alabama.”

NCAA begins investigation into South Carolina

South%20Carolina%20Gamecocks According to the AP, South Carolina has received formal notification yesterday that the NCAA will begin investigating its football program. There have been a lot of stories swirling around Columbia regarding tight end Weslye Saunders and other athletes in the program.

The letter didn’t specify what exactly the investigation was targeting, but a few players were withheld from the first game due to uncertainty around possible investigation.

Check out this article from sportingnews.com

Thursday, September 9, 2010

AJ Green Suspended for 4 Games

georgia_bulldogs-3 Last week the University of Georgia sidelined their star wide receiver because they didn’t know what the outcome was going to be in a NCAA investigation into A.J. Green. Turns out it was a smart move, because Wednesday, the NCAA suspended Green four four games.

While most thought the investigation was into whether or not Green attended a agent hosted party in Miami, the true reason for the investigation was to determine if Green had violated NCAA rules by selling his Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000. To make the situation worse, it turned out that he sold the jersey to someone who the NCAA would characterize as an agent, though selling of memorabilia is against the rules as well. The NCAA has said that Green has paid the money received to charity.

Since Green has already sat out one game, he must also sit out the Bulldogs’ next three games in which UGA plays three SEC opponents including this weekend’s game against South Carolina which many feel is a play in game for the SEC East title. A.J. is eligible to return for the game against Colorado on Oct. 2nd.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Five Things to Watch in the SEC this Week

Jon Solomon of The Birmingham news has an article about the “Five Things to Watch in the SEC this week.”

Check the article out here!

SEC Schedule in Week 3

Here is the Week 3 schedule for the SEC. On this weekend’s plate is 5 SEC matchups including Arkansas vs. Georgia and Mississippi State vs. LSU.

Saturday- September 18th:

Arkansas (#12) @ Georgia – 12:00 P.M.  ESPN

Vanderbilt @ Ole Miss – 12:21 P.M. ESPN3

Alabama (#1) @ Duke – 3:30 P.M. ABC/ ESPN3

Florida (#10) @ Tennessee – 3:30 P.M. CBS

Clemson @ Auburn (#16) – 7:00 P.M. ESPN/ ESPN3

Akron @ Kentucky – 7:00 P.M. ESPN3

Mississippi State @ LSU (#15) – 7:00 P.M. ESPNU

Furman @ South Carolina (#13) – 7:00 P.M. ESPN3

 

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Trent Richardson on SI Cover

trentjpg-3aaeb4e9c3ca607b_large Following Saturday’s victory against San Jose State, Trent Richardson has added his action shot to the list of Alabama players to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.

While he did not lead the team in rushing yards on Saturday, he did have an impressive day including two touchdowns against the Spartan defense. The cover story reads, “College Football Opening Statements. Breakout Players and Programs in Week 1.”

While Richardson and the Tide did make an opening statement, I don’t think the game against San Jose State will be Richardson’s best performance this season.

ESPN Gameday Coming to Tuscaloosa

college-gameday-logopng-00b946753f1f1fe7_small On Sunday, ESPN announced that its show ESPN Gameday will be live once again from Tuscaloosa covering the Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Penn State Nittany Lions. The last time Gameday was in T-Town was when the Tide hosted (and lost) to Georgia in 2007. While news of the show coming wasn’t a surprise to most, one host, Kirk Herbstreit may find his welcome a little cold this time around since recently choosing Auburn to beat Alabama and win the SEC West Title.

Alabama has hosted Gameday nine times and this will be the crews sixth trip to Tuscaloosa. It will also mark Alabama’s 18th TV appearance on ESPN Gameday, and its 9th appearance with Nick Saban as its head coach.

Alabama 48 – San Jose State 3

Alabama opened its season with an impressive win over San Jose State. Here are some of the best articles out there on Saturday’s victory.

Friday, September 3, 2010

What to Watch for in the Crimson Tide against San Jose State

With the beginning of the 2010 season beginning tomorrow. There are some questions that this year’s Crimson Tide will have to answer. While we will have to wait until the second week of the season to answer a some of them. Here are some things to watch this weekend against San Jose State.

Trent_Richardson_1 1. Backfield: With reigning Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram out of the line up to start the season with an injury to his knee. The Tide will have to rely on Trent Richardson to take most of the carries for the first time. There is no doubt that Richardson has the talent to take over as the top running back in Ingram’s absence, I mean he was ranked as a preseason first-team all SEC running back along with Mark.The only question is can he do it 20 to 30 times he will have to on Saturday instead of splitting half of the carries with Ingram. Not to mention, Trent will also be taking some kick returns as well during the game, adding to his time on the field. Trent will also need some help from redshirt freshman Eddie Lacy, who is listed behind Richardson in the depth chart. While Lacy has no game time experience, he will have to learn quickly on Saturday in order to give Trent some time off between carries.

2. Defensive Line: Now that Marcell Dareus is suspended for two games, the Tide defensive front will have to find a way to replace last season’s BCS National Championship Defensive MVP. They will also have to fill the void created by the departure of Terrence Cody. The Tide will look to sophomores Undra Billingsley and Kerry Murphy to take the snaps without Dareus in the lineup. Adding to the pressure is the fact that the Tide rush defense has not allowed a opposing rusher to run over 100 yards in a game 34 consecutive games. In most rushing downs, Murphy will take most snaps to help keep the streak alive. The Tide defensive front will have a good warm up game this weekend against the pass heavy offense of San Jose State, and will have its first test next week against Penn State. Either way

images3. Secondary: This season, perhaps the biggest holes to fill may be replacing those in the secondary a year ago. The only thing that will look familiar in the secondary is All-SEC safety Mark Barron. At cornerback, getting the starts are Dre Kirkpatrick and DeQuan Menzie. Kirkpatick has little game experience, but definitely has the talent. Incoming junior college transfer Menzie will test his newly repaired Achilles tendon in a real game for the first time since tearing it this spring. Behind Kirkpatrick and Menzie are B.J. Scott and Phelon Jones, who should also see some time in the game Saturday. The last question will be who patrols the outfield with Mark Barron. Slated as the starter at free safety is Robert Lester who does have  a small amount of playing time at safety. The group will have some growing pains as they gain more and more playing time, but they say they are up to the challenge and Saban and Smart both believe they all have the talent to keep the Tide secondary and defense as one of the best in football.

4. Special Teams: Adding to the difficulty of replacing key fixtures from a year ago is how the Tide will replace its place kicker, punter, and return specialist.The first issue is replacing the leading scorer in Alabama Football history and a finalist for the Lou Groza Award a year ago, Leigh Tiffin. As of the last UA scrimmage, Saban had not set a firm kicker but suggested that he may split duties between two kickers. The two kickers competing for the job are freshman Cade Foster and walk on Jeremy Shelley. Foster has a big leg and will handle the kick off and longer field goal attempts, while Shelley has shown to be the more accurate of the two and will handle point after attempts and shorter field goals. At punter, replacing P.J. Fitzgerald may also come down to a competition between a freshman and a walk on. The freshman is Jay Williams and the walk on he is competing against is Cody Mandell. Both have shown talent, but it may come down to who shows the most consistency punting going into game day. Last but not least, the Tide will have to find a way to replace possibly one of the most feared return specialists in Javier Arenas. In the depth chart released Monday, Trent Richardson and Julio Jones will share kick off responsibilities, while Julio Jones will handle the punt returns. Others that may contribute in this throughout the game and year may also include Darius Hanks and Marquis Maze.

All in all, this game will boil down to the Tide replacing those key components it lost either to injury, suspension, or departure from the team due to leaving for the NFL or graduation. While there are some big holes to fill, literally when talking about Terrence Cody, this Tide team will have to create a culture and style of its own to insure that the team competes on the high level we saw last season. On offense, we know that replacing Mark Ingram may be difficult, but Alabama may be the only team with a back up running back that may be better that than last year’s Heisman winner. As for the defense, we know that Defensive Coordinator Kirby Smart and Coach Nick Saban have created on of the most dominate defensive schemes there is and has the talent to build a foundation of success for this season.

Warrant Issued for UGA Safety

AJC- University of Georgia Police took out a warrant Thursday for the arrest of Georgia freshman football player Alec Ogletree on a charge of theft by taking.

The warrant stems from an incident where Ogletree stole a scooter helmet from a building on the UGA campus. This is the ninth UGA football player arrested this year.

UGA still has not heard on the status of star receiver A.J. Green for Saturday’s game.

LSU will face UNC without 15 players

When LSU takes the field this Saturday against UNC, the Tar Heels will have a few holes to fill on their sideline. The Tar Heels in total have with held 15 players from this weekend’s season opener.

The Raleigh News and Observer reports that ‘North Carolina has declared six football players ineligible for Saturday’s season-opening against No. 21 Louisiana State for breaking school and/ or NCAA rules and is withholding at least six others while the investigation continues, the University announced this morning.’

UNC is also waiting for three other players’ eligibility to be established.

That’s 15 players that LSU will not have to worry about this weekend. It definitely increases LSU’s chances for victory.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Marcell Dareus Suspended

Marcel-Dareus The NCAA has suspended defensive end Marcell Dareus for two games. He was found to have received improper benefits from a trip he took to Miami earlier this season. The NCAA has been investigating him and other college football players that were reported to have been at the party. Dareus must donate $1,787.17 to a charity of his choice to repay the benefits he received during the trip. The University of Alabama received word of the NCAA’s decision Thursday night and informed Dareus of the findings.

The University through it compliance director says that Marcell did not knowingly violate NCAA rules and that the school has not ruled out an appeal. As it stands now, he will sit out this Saturday against San Jose State and next weekend when the Tide host Penn State.

Players You might not see in tonight’s South Carolina Game

With South Carolina starting the college football season tonight against Southern Miss. There are some players who you may not see take the field for South Carolina.

The first is Weslye Sanders, who is already suspended from the team, and is for sure not going to play. Others who may not be able to suit up are safety Akeem Auguste, cornerback C.C. Whitlock, offensive tackle Jarriel King, offensive guard Terrence Campbell, and defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye. These players have been linked to an NCAA investigation into the Whitney Hotel and any wrongdoings with the players.

The University of South Carolina has still not heard word from the NCAA in regards to their investigation, but depending on how the school views the situation and the chances of NCAA suspensions will determine whether Spurrier sidelines the group.

Update on Mark Ingram

Gentry Estes of the Mobile Press- Register writes that ‘Mark Ingram is doing extremely well so far in recovery.’

Check out his article.

Big 10 Sets Conference Divisions for 2011

The Big 10 on Wednesday announced the how the conference will be broken up into divisions once the two new teams are added in 2011. The two conferences will breakdown like this.

- Michigan   - Ohio State
- Nebraska   - Penn State
- Iowa   - Wisconsin
- Michigan State   - Illinois
- Minnesota   - Purdue
- Northwestern   - Indiana

The most interesting part of the decision is that the conference decided to put Michigan and Ohio State into different conferences. The first reason  would be so that the two could meet in the new conference championship that will be created now that the Big Ten will have the 12 teams necessary for the championship game. This makes sense with the rivalry as big as Michigan and Ohio State, and we have seen conferences do this before like the ACC did when they put Florida State and Miami in opposite divisions.

But, one big problem is created, much like the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn is the last game of the season for the two. However, with the two in different divisions, what happens if they both enter that game already set to play in the Championship game the next week. Granted, a lot of things will have to happen for that to be the case, but the question will still come up and have to be asked.

The main concern would be that if that were the case, would the rivalry game mean the same if both teams knew they would be playing each other the next game as well. Either way, only time will tell whether or not the decision will have an effect on the rivalry.

Game 1 Preview: San Jose State University

sanjose_spartans300x180 The University of Alabama will open its season at home against the Spartans of San Jose State University. This will be the first meetings between the two programs in Football. The Spartans will come into town under their new head coach Mike MacIntyre, who was named head coach on December 17, 2009 replacing Dick Tomey. This is MacIntyre’s first game as a head coach in major college football. Interesting enough, Mike isn’t the first in his family to bring a team into Bryant Denny Stadium. His father George MacIntyre coached Vanderbilt from 1979 through 1985, going 1-6 against the Tide. His one victory against the Tide came in 1984 when his Commodore team became the last to defeat the Tide in Tuscaloosa.

San Jose State finished tied for eighth in the WAC last season with a 1-7 record in conference, and 2-10 overall record. This will be the second consecutive season the Spartans have opened the season against a ranked opponent. In 2009, they opened the season traveling to then ranked #4 USC. The Spartan’s last win over a nationally ranked team came in 2000 versus a #9 TCU and a young running back name LaDainian Tomlinson. Their last road win against a ranked opponent was in 1980 when they beat Baylor who was also ranked #9.

MacIntyre’s Spartans will come into the game with eight players who should make their first collegiate stats, four on both sides of the ball, including running back Wade O’Neill who redshirted as a freshman in 2009, and should get the nod Saturday against the Tide. They will look to starting quarterback Jordan La Secla for leadership on the offensive side of the ball. The senior had eight starts in 2009 completing 59.9% of his passes for 1,926 yards. He threw for 10 touchdowns last season. Secla may not be the only one to take snaps in the game against Alabama. Quarterback Matt Faulkner may see some time as well. He played for Mount San Antonio College in 2009, completing 63.4% of his passes for 3,301 yards and 13 touchdowns.

As for Alabama, the main question on everyone’s mind is Mark Ingram and how his injury will affect the game plan for the Tide. We know that Trent Richardson has the skills to step in, but the there are some that wonder how he will do now that he must take most of the carries instead of sharing the load with Ingram. Don’t forget there is also some talent behind him to take some carries and give Trent time to rest. Still, we know that the Tide has a potent offense and should have no problem putting the points up on the board against the Spartan defense. As for the defense, the big question this fall has been how they can keep the same dominance having to replace so many starters on the defensive side of the ball. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower has looked good and has shown that he can take charge of the defense, especially the big boys in the box. As for the secondary, we know Saban has a game plan with the pieces in place and will look for Mark Barron to take the lead back there.

While the Tide shouldn’t have a problem bringing home the W. The question still will be on how long the Tide will be without Ingram.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Nike Unveils New Tide Uniforms

5667316 Nike has created a new look to the Crimson Tide uniform. The uniform is Nike’s new Pro Combat uniforms and will be worn by Alabama and nine other teams this season. The design will not change the uniforms dramatically, it mainly will just incorporate houndstooth into the jersey, and helmet.

The Tide will wear the uniforms November 13th, when they host Mississippi State.

Masoli Ruled ineligible for 2010 Season

Mississippi%20Rebels When Jeremiah Masoli transferred to Ole Miss from Oregon, he thought he could step right in based on a waiver that allows students who have graduated from one school to play immediately at another if they choose to enroll in a graduate program not offered at the student’s previous institution. However, the NCAA had other ideas, denying his waiver and ruling he is unable to play until the 2011 season.

When the NCAA told Ole Miss AD about the decision, they gave him two main reasons why Masoli was given the denial.

“First was that Jeremiah would have not been eligible for the 2010 season at his previous institution (Oregon),” said Boone. “The second was the time frame discrepancy between the previous institution and Jeremiah regarding when the institution said they dismissed Jeremiah and when he decided to transfer.”

Ole Miss will appeal the decision.