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November 1, 2014


Alabama practice report: Tide holds final practice of bye week

TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama held its final practice of the bye week on Thursday. The Crimson Tide worked in full pads. The scout team jerseys were out which means the Tide began preparing for its showdown against LSU.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
Mark Edwards' picks: Title hopes for AU will end in Oxford
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 9:34 am

Auburn sits at No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, but if the Tigers want to stay in the top four, they likely will need to win out for the rest of the regular season.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
Alabama notebook: Saban says physical problem has bothered Griffith
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 10:09 pm

TUSCALOOSA — After a perfect start through Alabama’s first three games, Tide kicker Adam Griffith has hit a bit of a slump, and Nick Saban said the issue isn't mental.

Alabama football: With Robinson down, Tide has options at left offensive tackle
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 5:37 pm

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama right tackle Austin Shepherd said the Crimson Tide’s offensive line has trained for moments like this since position coach Mario Cristobal arrived two years ago.

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Updated: October 29, 2014 - 8:51 pm

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Alabama practice report: Injury updates, offensive line movement
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 4:26 pm

TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama held its second practice of the bye week on Wednesday. The Crimson Tide worked in full pads.

Joe Medley: CFP committee showed guts in October
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 3:23 pm

The College Football Playoff committee showed guts with its inaugural rankings Tuesday, placing three SEC West Division teams in the all-important top four and four in the top six.

Tuesday 10/28/2014
College football: Auburn third, Tide sixth in initial playoff selection committee rankings
Updated: October 28, 2014 - 8:21 pm

The college football world was in a frenzy Tuesday night as the first College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled, but Auburn wasn't paying attention to the occasion.

Alabama notebook: Tide suspends Tyren Jones
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 5:33 pm

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama reserve running back Tyren Jones has been “suspended for now,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced Tuesday.

Alabama football: Saban dismisses CFP rankings at this point of the season
Updated: October 28, 2014 - 8:29 pm

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama coach Nick Saban had some thoughts on the College Football Playoff committee’s rankings and they were exactly what many could have predicted.

Alabama practice report: Tide shuffles offensive line with Robinson out
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 4:32 pm

TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama held its first practice of the bye week on Tuesday. The Crimson Tide worked outside in shells (shoulder pads, helmets and short).

Monday 10/27/2014
Saban calls Alabama Academy recognition 'certainly an honor'
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 8:31 pm

MONTGOMERY — Alabama coach Nick Saban was one of eight members inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor on Monday at the Old House Chambers at the State Capitol building in Montgomery.

Kickoff set for Tide/LSU, Auburn/Texas A&M
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 6:14 pm

Alabama and LSU will kick off at 7 p.m. on CBS when the two teams meet Nov. 8 in Baton Rouge.

Alabama football: Robinson out 'for a couple of weeks'
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 2:44 pm

MONTGOMERY — Alabama freshman left tackle Cam Robinson will be out “for a couple of weeks” with a high ankle sprain, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday.

Saban, speaking after being inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor, did not provide any specifics during his brief media availability.

Robinson suffered the injury during the third quarter of the Tide’s victory over Tennessee on Saturday.

Based on Saban’s timetable, Robinson likely will miss the Tide’s matchup at LSU in two weeks. Robinson’s recruitment came down to Alabama and LSU. The Monroe, La., native was a five-star prospect in the Tide’s 2014 recruiting class.

When Robinson went down, right guard Leon Brown slide to left tackle and backup center Bradley Bozeman came in at right guard. During his postgame news conference on Saturday, Saban said, “We think Leon is the next best left tackle.” He added it’s always been the team’s plan to move Brown if something happened to Robinson. Saban also made sure to mention that the Tide has other options at the position.

“(Brown) practices there each and every week,” Saban said Saturday. “You don’t like to make double switches on the offensive line, but when it comes to left tackle it’s a pretty important position. We think Grant Hill could play there. We also think Austin Shepherd could play there, and Hill could play right tackle. So, I’m just hopeful that Cam’s going to be able to get back in a couple weeks and we won’t lose him for a long time.”

Alabama is off this week before traveling to Baton Rouge to face LSU on Nov. 8. The Tide will return home Nov. 15 to host No. 1 Mississippi State.


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Sunday 10/26/2014
Fast start, Cooper's big day paces Tide to eighth straight win over Tennessee
Updated: October 26, 2014 - 8:09 pm

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — If Alabama’s win over Texas A&M was its best performance of the season and the loss at Ole Miss was its worst, Saturday’s 34-20 victory over Tennessee in Neyland Stadium fell somewhere in between.

Joe Medley: Ready for Lane change on Kiffin hype
Updated: October 26, 2014 - 7:59 pm

Lane Kiffin had a nice handshake with a man in an orange Tennessee pullover then an uneventful walk from the bus to Alabama’s locker room Saturday.

College football: Tide third, Tigers fourth in latest national rankings
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 9:39 am

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Alabama analysis: Tide just needs to keep winning
Updated: October 26, 2014 - 8:03 pm

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Through two-thirds of its season, Alabama sits at 7-1, including 4-1 in SEC play after Saturday’s 34-20 victory at Tennessee.

Duane Rankin: Tide belongs in playoff committee's top four ... barely
Updated: October 26, 2014 - 12:04 am

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alabama got the help it needed Saturday night to virtually guarantee itself a spot in the top four of Tuesday’s first College Football Playoff poll.

Saturday 10/25/2014
Alabama notebook: Cam Robinson suffers high-ankle sprain
Updated: October 25, 2014 - 11:45 pm

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson left Saturday’s win over Tennessee in the third quarter and did not return. Tide coach Nick Saban said Robinson suffered a high-ankle sprain.

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