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Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (65) / 10/31/1951

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Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Penn State were ranked as the Nos. 1-4 teams in the latest release of the AP Top-25 poll.
A few jostlings from Week 1 to Week 2 in the poll. No surprise on Alabama and Ohio State, but Clemson has jumped up from No. 5 to No. 3 (taking the spot previously held by Florida State), while Penn State is up to No. 4 (replacing USC in that slot). The Seminoles were predictably the biggest downward mover, dropping from No. 3 to No. 10 following their loss to Alabama -- and the loss of QB Deondre Francois to a knee injury. The lone new team to enter the top-10 is Michigan, which received a bump from No. 11 to No. 8 thanks to their dismantling of Florida on Saturday. Sep 5 - 2:59 PM

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Scouts for 17 teams will be on hand for Saturday's marquee showdown between Florida State and Alabama.

No surprise there, as there will be NFL talent all over the field. Ticking the teams off, the Cardinals, Ravens, Browns, Cowboys, Lions, Jaguars, Chargers, Dolphins, Saints, Giants, Jets, Raiders, Eagles, Steelers, 49ers, Buccaneers, and Titans will all be sending scouting representatives to this biggest of Week 1 contests.
Sep 1 - 7:02 PM

In the release of the AP Preseason Top-25 poll, Alabama has been ranked as the No. 1 team in the country.

Alabama sits atop once more. And it wasn't even close. The Crimson Tide received 52 first-place votes to lead in a romp, with the next three teams (Ohio State, Florida State, USC) receiving a combined nine first-place tallies. In terms of conference supremacy, the SEC led the way with six entrants in the initial top-25, while the ACC and Big 12 both put five teams into the mixer.
Aug 21 - 1:11 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban has no plans to watch Monday's solar eclipse.

"I watch the Weather Channel every day. They’re already saying what it’s going to look like in every city in America," Saban said as he began to hit his stride. "So, what’s going to be significant? Watch the Weather Channel and you’ll see what it’s going to be like in Portland, Oregon." He added that "[w]e’ll set it up so if the players want to go out there and get some sunglasses, I guess they can." Our real takeaway, here, is that Saban watches the Weather Channel every day.
Source: AL.com
Aug 20 - 3:18 PM

Per the Tuscaloosa News, Alabama is in negotiations to take part in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Miami in 2021.

Bama is already playing in this season's incarnation of the contest, in a titanic matchup with Florida State. They are also set to play the 2019 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Duke. The Tide and Canes last faced off as Sugar Bowl participants in 1993, with Alabama coming out victorious by a 34-13 score.
Aug 19 - 12:25 PM

The initial rankings release for the CFB Playoff will come on Halloween.

A scary good time is guaranteed for all. The first rankings will be released on October 31, with weekly Tuesday installments to follow up until the Selection Show on Sunday, December 3, when the four-team Playoff field will be set.
Aug 10 - 7:16 PM

In their newest odds for the next College Football Playoff champion, Bovada listed Alabama as a 12/5 favorite.

Alabama had been installed as a 4/1 favorite in January and received a nice little upgrade in Bovada's newest list of odds. The Tide are followed up by USC (6/1), Ohio State (13/2), Florida State (15/2) and Michigan (16/1). One final odds note -- following Bob Stoops' retirement from Oklahoma, the Sooners dropped from 9/1 to 16/1.
Aug 8 - 4:52 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban predicts future top high school recruits could skip their final year of football if they sign before the season starts.

"It will take a few years, then some kid will say, 'Hey, I'm going to Notre Dame. I'm not playing my senior year. Then the high school coach will go nuts," Saban said. College Football's early signing day has now been moved to December. We expect to see more top NFL prospects sit out bowl games first, then there might be a trickle down.
Jul 24 - 10:08 AM

In the SEC Media Days preseason poll, Alabama was picked to win the conference.

Shocker of shockers, we know. And it wasn't close. The Tide received 225 first-place votes to win the West. They would need a telescope to see their closest competition in the poll -- Auburn received 13 first-place votes and ranked second for the division. The race was more competitive in the East, where Georgia drew 138 first-place votes to Florida's 96.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 14 - 5:32 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban says he'll grant NFL scouts "the ultimate level of access" to his program.

"Well, we give the ultimate level of access to the NFL," Saban said Wednesday. "My theory on it is, when we have young players who are making a decision about going out for the draft, we want to get the best possible information relative to where they will get picked because where they get picked goes a long way into saying what is the business decision that I should make." The NFL and the American Football Coaches Association agreed last year to allow scouts extra access to select underclassmen to aid the NFL College Advisory Committee in providing better feedback on the draft status of prospects. Some programs have been reticent to grant more access, but Alabama and Arkansas are two programs that aren't. "I let them take heights, weights, measurements, academic profiles, (and) some limited testing that allows them to get a better feel," Hogs HC Bret Bielema said Monday.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 12 - 4:02 PM

No players were selected in the Supplemental Draft on Wednesday.

The two players eligible -- Georgia Military College DE Tavares Bingham and Western New Mexico RB Marques Rodgers -- are not NFL prospects. This is the second straight year no selections have been made in the Supplemental Draft. The Rams used a fifth-rounder to take OT Isaiah Battle in 2015.
Jul 12 - 2:34 PM

Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, says no expansion is coming in the near future.

"Why monkey with a good thing?" Hancock said. Well, to possibly improve it. The playoff and subsequent National Championship have been great, but an expanded field could be even more entertaining, especially with the growing sentiment that bowl games lack juice with more and more top prospects sitting them out.
Jul 12 - 10:11 AM

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey dismissed talk of division realignment in the conference.

We didn't expect realignment -- Auburn AD Jay Jacobs broached the possibility earlier this offseason -- and Sankey has not budged off his previous spring stance. That stance essentially boiling down to, "Um...no." Said Sankey in his opening remarks for SEC Media Days on Monday, "It is a conversation in most large press conferences in which I appear, and that's the extent of the conversation."
Source: AL.com
Jul 10 - 5:31 PM

SEC Network's Paul Finebaum predicts that Alabama will face Florida in the SEC Championship Game.

If this plays out, it would be the third consecutive time that Florida and Alabama have met in the conference title tilt. Finebaum likes the boys from Tuscaloosa to win that hypothetical match-up yet again -- they have rolled Florida by a combined score of 83-31 in the two previous contests. Expect plenty more SEC predictions to roll in this week from various pundits with SEC Media Days on the verge of descending upon the nation.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 10 - 1:22 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban said he can't anticipate retiring "any time soon."

"As long as I feel good, I love doing it," Saban said. "I've said this before: I've been a part of a team since I was nine years old. It scares me to death to figure what it's going to be like when I'm not a part of a team. So, as long as I feel good and I'm healthy and I can do it, we certainly have every intention of trying to do it. If I felt like I couldn't do it to the standard that I want to do it, then I think that would be time not to do it. But I certainly don't feel like that's any time soon." Saban, 65, is under contract through 2024 on a deal worth $65 million.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 3:49 PM