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Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (66) / 10/31/1951

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The first set of rankings for the College Football Playoff will be released on Oct. 30 this season.
A spooky good time is guaranteed for all when the initial rankings are released the Tuesday evening before Halloween. They'll be put out every Tuesday through the end of November, with the crucial and final set to be birthed on Sunday, Dec. 2. As for who might be making the dance, in the first release of the Amway Coaches Poll last week, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia ranked as Nos. 1-4. Though there's obviously still much uncertainty in OSU's situation. Aug 9 - 2:58 PM

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In the release of the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia landed sequentially in spot Nos. 1-4.

No surprise at the very top of the poll, but things do start to get interesting underneath. For one thing, Oklahoma holds down the fort at No. 5, ahead of Playoff contenders Washington (6) and Wisconsin (7). Miami, Penn State and Auburn round out the top-10 in that order. While we might quibble with the Sooners occupying a spot that's a bit rich for our blood, the biggest head-scratcher of the poll for us comes with Michigan, which does not check in until No. 14. We think this could be a dominant Wolverines outfit upcoming.
Source: USA Today
Aug 2 - 12:33 PM

Alabama and HC Nick Saban agreed on a contract extension through the 2025 season.

Not only did the Crimson Tide extend Saban for another seven years, they included some sweet kickers in the new deal. He's set to make in the vicinity of $7.5 million for the coming campaign, a number which will rise with annual raises and later retention bonuses. If he coaches through to the end of the extension, he'll be making about $10.3 million in 2025. A quick reminder of what he's done to earn the big bucks: Saban is a just-plain-silly 127-20 since taking over as head coach in 2007, with his teams winning five SEC titles and five national championships over the past decade-plus. The only real question in our minds is just how long the 67-year-old Saban plans on coaching. Alabama's not going to be the one to end this marriage.
Jul 27 - 5:00 PM

Alabama and Georgia were chosen by the SEC media as winners of the conference's "West" and "East" divisions in Friday's preseason poll.

Everything was set up about the way you'd expect in Friday's poll release. Alabama was the overwhelming favorite to win the West, garnering 263 first-place votes. They can barely see the predicted second-place team, way off in the distance. That would be Auburn, which drew 19 first-place ballots, followed by Mississippi State. Over in the East, the first-place votes were spread throughout the division -- every team except for Vanderbilt and Missouri received at least one such tally -- but it was still ultimately Georgia's show. The Bulldogs garnered 271 votes to win the division, with second-place South Carolina (eight) and third-place Florida (four) the only other teams to garner more than a solitary first-place ballot. End takeaway? The media likes an Alabama-Georgia conference championship game. The winner of that would almost certainly then end up in the Playoff.
Jul 20 - 11:14 AM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough lists Alabama at the top of the SEC power rankings to start the 2018 season.

No surprise here; when you're the defending national champion and bring back a large portion of your roster, you probably belong at the top of the power rankings for your conference. Georgia -- the runner-up to Alabama -- ranks second, with Auburn and Mississippi State rounding out the top four. If you're curious, Arkansas comes in last at 14th. As Scarborough summarizes: " Alabama should navigate a manageable schedule and once again come out at the top of the conference."
Source: ESPN
Jul 16 - 1:55 PM

The College Football Playoff has extended its agreements with the Cotton, Fiesta and Peach Bowls through 2026.

Getting the gang back together, ma! The Playoff had already earlier reupped with the Orange, Sugar and Rose Bowls. They'll now be working with their full set of locales moving forward into the next decade. For the coming season, it will be the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl hosting semifinal matchups, while the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl will have those honors next year. The full semifinal hosting schedule through 2026 can be found at the source link.
Jul 13 - 1:34 PM

When Alabama released its list of NCAA infractions on Friday, only one was in relation to the football program.

While Alabama released a list of 13 infractions across all sports, the football program was essentially squeaky clean outside of one very minor incident. The lone demerit, here, came when an assistant on staff responded to a text from an unknown number that turned out to be the parent of a 2019 recruit. Suffice it to say, the governing body isn't going to be vacating wins over this one.
Jul 7 - 12:16 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban ranks as the top coach in Athlon Sports writer Steve Lassan's ranking of the top 130 FBS college coaches.

Saban takes the top spot, with Ohio State's Urban Meyer ranking second, Clemson's Dabo Swinney coming in third, and Washington's Chris Petersen along with TCU's Gary Patterson rounding out the top five. It's no surprise that Saban claims the honor, but every once in a while it's nice to remember how special things have been since he took over at Alabama. " In addition to winning national championships, Saban has lost only 12 games over the last nine years and has not won fewer than 10 games during that span," Lassan writes. "Remarkably, Alabama has only one season of more than two losses (2010) since 2008." As long as Saban is coaching the Crimson Tide, they'll compete for National Championships.
Jun 25 - 5:25 PM

Westgate SuperBook will allow betting on which teams will make the College Football Playoff.

This might seem boilerplate, but it's actually the first time that Westgate has offered such wagering opportunities. Previously, the sportsbook would only take money on bets for the ultimate winner of the Playoff. Alabama (-210), Clemson (even), Ohio State (+125) and Georgia (+175) have the best odds to make it into the postseason dance.
Jun 21 - 1:22 PM

According to an NCAA study, graduate transfers in football rose from 117 in 2016 to 211 in 2017.

While grad transfers in all major collegiate sports are on the rise, the trend is glaring with football, where such moves have seen a twelvefold increase since 2011. Check out the source link for a graphical representation of the change. We only expect these numbers to continue to rise as the NCAA loosens some of its transfer restrictions.
Jun 20 - 2:56 PM

The NCAA passed a new rule that allows players to redshirt if they appear in four or fewer games in a season.

Council chair Blake James believes this will help players immensely and said, "Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressure to play through injuries." But he didn't leave coaches out either, mentioning it will give them the "ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition." This is a truly beneficial rule for both coaches and players that will have an immediate impact on a lot of collegiate rosters.
Source: NCAA
Jun 13 - 3:51 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg ranks Alabama at the top in his future power rankings.

Clemson ranks second, Ohio State third, and Georgia along with Ohio State round out the top five. Rittenberg's rankings are based on talent through the 2020 season, and he ranks the Crimson Tide as the top defense, fourth in offense and third in quarterback rankings. It probably goes without saying, but it speaks to just how special this program is right now. If Rittenberg is right, that's not changing anytime soon.
Source: ESPN
Jun 11 - 11:37 AM

Alabama and Central Michigan have agreed to a contest to be played on Sept. 2, 2023.

This game will serve as opener for both the Crimson Tide and Chippewas when the time comes around. As tends to happen in most of these Power 5 vs. Group of 5 showdowns, it will be Power 5 behemoth Alabama which will have hosting duties for this affair. The two teams have never faced off on the gridiron before.
Jun 6 - 4:29 PM

The SEC has approved a measure which will allow graduates to transfer within the SEC without having to sit out a season.

Previously, such an in-conference move by a graduate would have required a waiver to be granted by the school the player is departing, something that coaches are reticent to grant. For example, Alabama OL Brandon Kennedy announced his transfer intent earlier this offseason and has reportedly been hoping for a move to Auburn or Tennessee. Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban has been blocking the move. With the rule changed, Kennedy can now transfer freely within the conference with eligibility to play immediately. One other rule tweak that came about from the SEC meetings -- conference transfers coming out of programs which are facing an NCAA bowl ban will now be free to move within the conference and play immediately. This most notably applies to Florida WR Van Jefferson, who transferred over from Ole Miss earlier this offseason.
Jun 1 - 2:39 PM

USC and Alabama have officially agreed to a season-opening contest for Sept. 5, 2020, in Arlington, Texas.

Reports of this match-up have been floating about this spring. It's official, now. The last time the two teams met -- opening the 2016 season -- it proved to be one of the more impactful games in recent memory for reasons far beyond the 52-6 final margin for Alabama. Midway through the contest, Jalen Hurts took over for Blake Barnett at quarterback for the Tide, while on the Trojans' sideline, we saw an inept Max Browne-led offense which would be helmed by Sam Darnold just weeks later.
May 23 - 4:38 PM