Why we needed the Kick Six

This is probably not going to be a popular opinion, but when Alabama football went down to Jordan-Hare and was shocked by a near-improbable play that immediately went down in the annals of sports history, a chain of events was set in motion that led us to this moment. It was a blessing, you know. […] Alabama Football: Why we needed the Kick Six - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
0
  57 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

57 Hits
0 Comments

Most compelling matchups in college football Week 13

Rivalries galore dominate the storylines in Week 13’s edition of the most compelling matchups across the college football landscape.

There are several games where the top teams in the College Football Playoff hierarchy are in danger of toppling. While some upsets are far likelier than others, the raw emotion and competitive fire associated with these guaranteed annual meetings create an intangible X-factor where, frankly, anything is possible.

All of this makes these forthcoming matchups all the more tantalizing to dive into.

No. 4 Michigan at No. 10 Ohio State

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Continue reading
0
  31 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

31 Hits
0 Comments

How Auburn attacks the Crimson Tide

Iron Bowl expectations are heavily leaned towards an Alabama football blowout. However, I expect this Auburn team to use a gameplan that has shown effectiveness against the Tide this season. What if I told you that the teams that had the most success against Alabama football this year ran the football? It would be surprising […] Alabama Football: How Auburn attacks the Crimson Tide - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
0
  35 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

35 Hits
0 Comments

10 college football teams no one wants to face during bowl season

In about a month, bowl season will start in college football with the lower-profile games between less successful but still bowl-eligible squads. Every team has two games at most before the bowl slate is set, and some teams are playing so well right now that potential bowl rivals are kind of hoping that things work out so they can avoid that foe.

Which are the teams playing so well right now that nobody is going to want to face them in December and January? Some are obvious, and some are lesser-known. For some, they have a difficult style of play to game plan for, while others are simply going to have a huge chip on their shoulder. Here are 10 teams that are very much going to cause some trouble for someone in bowl season.

10. Michigan

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Wolverines are deserved favorites as they head to Columbus for the biggest game of their season, and as long as Jim Harbaugh beats Urban Meyer for the first time in the rivalry, they should see off Northwestern and make the Playoff. It’s far from a foregone conclusion — rivalry games are tough, especially on the road — but few teams are playing better than the Wolverines. They boast an exceptional defense and finally seem to have the offense capable of carrying them. Ask Penn State how their trip to Ann Arbor went — a 35-point loss. If they make the playoff, they’ll be a popular dark horse to win it.

Continue reading
0
  33 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

33 Hits
0 Comments

Nick Saban thinks he knows cause of Iron Bowl issues

Nick Saban has only lost 20 games during his 12-year coaching career at Alabama, and 20 percent of them have come to rival Auburn.

The Crimson Tide have gone 7-4 in the Iron Bowl under Saban. This year, the Tide are favored by more than three touchdowns against their rivals. Regardless of the point spread, anything can happen in the game, as Saban knows well from 'Kick Six' in 2013.

So what is it about the game that leads to the inconsistencies in play? Saban believes emotions overcome players, leading to mental mistakes:

The key for Bama is keeping their emotions in check so they don’t commit those mental errors. The Tide enter Saturday’s Iron Bowl 11-0 and on their way to a 15-0 season perhaps. This is looking like it may go down as Saban’s best team at Alabama ever, and one of the best college football teams ever.

You'll receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams.

Continue reading
0
  34 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

34 Hits
0 Comments

Players who will define Rivalry Week

The one week a year with the power to stir the soul of even the most apathetic college football fan is here—at long last, we’ve reached Rivalry Week. It’s thrilling when the matchups come with postseason implications, but the stakes feel high regardless. For the players, it’s a chance to perform in a way that will resonate for years to come. We’re highlighting the athletes whose names could very well be synonymous with their respective rivalries when we look back on 2018.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

We’ll start with the obvious, cause heck, the Tide’s sophomore signal-caller seems to be defining the whole season. In a world where the Bama defense is typically the team’s calling card and the quarterback position is something of an afterthought (Jake Coker, anyone?), Tagovailoa has been busy rewriting the school record books and could become the first Alabama QB to win a Heisman trophy. Stranger things have happened in the Iron Bowl, but with an Auburn squad that’s essentially irrelevant this season, Tagovailoa appears poised to shine in his first rivalry game as starter.

TaQuon Marshall, QB, Georgia Tech

While we were all wondering what happened to Bryce Love and the Stanford ground game, the Yellow Jackets were quietly racking up enough rush yards per game to lead the nation. That’s largely thanks to the scrambling quarterback tandem of Marshall and fellow part-time starter Tobias Oliver, who are one and two, respectively, on the team in rushing. While Marshall is inconsistent as a passer, he should be able to take full advantage of Georgia’s rather porous run defense. After all, what’s a better motivator than spoiling Playoff dreams?

Continue reading
0
  32 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

32 Hits
0 Comments

John Calipari of Kentucky Wildcats says he's overrated as recruiter

Nov 21, 2018Emailprint

Hours after seeing James Wiseman, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2019, choose Memphis over his Kentucky Wildcats, John Calipari called himself "overrated as a recruiter."

The Wildcats still have ESPN's No. 3-rated recruiting class behind Louisville and USC, but missed on Wiseman and are unlikely to land any of the top five prospects in the country.

"I think I'm overrated as a recruiter," Calipari said. "We've had kids that made the decision to come here, and it's played out well for almost all of them. My thing is, I want to be able to sleep at night. I want to make sure I'm telling the truth. I want to make sure I'm sticking with guys.

No. 1 recruit James Wiseman commits to coach Penny Hardaway and Memphis.

How is Memphis' hiring of Penny Hardaway paying off? With James Wiseman now headed to the Tigers, the answer is very, very well.

Continue reading
0
  34 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

34 Hits
0 Comments

Penny Hardaway hits hometown gold with James Wiseman

Nov 20, 2018Emailprint

This is why Memphis hired Penny Hardaway.

Yes, Hardaway will be asked to also win games at some point, but Tuesday, Nov. 20, was the first order of business for him.

And Hardaway answered the bell, as Memphis landed the No. 1 recruit in the 2019 class, 7-foot center James Wiseman.

Not only did Hardaway convince Wiseman to stay home and play for the Tigers in college, but he also beat out Kentucky and John Calipari -- arguably Memphis' all-time greatest coach and the sport's top recruiter over the past decade -- for the potential No. 1 pick in 2020. Kentucky had been the heavy favorite until March, when Memphis fired Tubby Smith and hired Hardaway, one of the program's greatest players of all time and a legend in the city.

No. 1 recruit James Wiseman commits to coach Penny Hardaway and Memphis.

Continue reading
0
  32 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

32 Hits
0 Comments

College football pick-six: Is Urban Meyer on the brink? Are Notre Dame and Michigan the wrong types of playoff teams? Will Colorado ever be good again?

Cliched storyline of the week

Back in the early 1950s, the best college football coach in America was a man named Frank Leahy. Leahy, the head coach at Notre Dame, was an offensive savant and a rampant perfectionist, and his record over the course of a decade at Notre Dame (with a respite for World War II in between) was mind-blowing: 87 wins, 11 losses, nine ties and four national championships. But then, in 1953 at halftime of a game against Georgia Tech, Leahy collapsed in the locker room.

It turned out that he was struck with both pancreatitis and nervous tension. But it was so bad at the moment that a priest actually administered Leahy the last rites. He retired at the end of that 1953 season after going 9-0-1, and he never coached again.

And that brings me to this:

What we know is that Ohio State’s Urban Meyer has a cyst on his brain that leads to terrible headaches. What we know is that given Meyer’s suspension earlier this year for his handling of the firing of former assistant Zach Smith, this has been Meyer's most stressful season since he arrived at Ohio State. And what we know is that he quit his last job at Florida because of a pattern of self-destructive anxiety.

Continue reading
0
  31 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

31 Hits
0 Comments

From India to Northern Arizona, Sanjana Ramesh makes history during NCAA early signing period

By Katie Barnes | Nov 20, 2018espnW.com

Courtesy NBA Academies

Northern Arizona recruit Sanjana Ramesh was India's captain at the 2017 FIBA U16 Asia Cup.

Sanjana Ramesh grew up playing sports. Outside her home in India's Bengaluru, Karnataka, Ramesh often competed against her older brother in soccer and badminton, honing her competitive spirit. She started playing basketball at 12 as a hobby with friends. By 13, she was playing for her state team. Basketball quickly transformed into her favorite sport.

"You can be creative on the court and make new things," Ramesh said in a phone interview. "It's like an art."

Continue reading
0
  22 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

22 Hits
0 Comments

Everything to know a month from college football recruiting early signing period

Nov 19, 2018

We are four short weeks away from college football's the early signing period in recruiting, so it's time to get caught up on what to expect over the next month. Last year's early signing period, the first in football, saw a large number of prospects sign, and that is expected to happen in this class, as well.

That means that these next four weeks are crucial for coaches and their recruiting classes, because once a prospect signs his national letter of intent, he is off-limits for other coaches to recruit him.

Here is everything you need to know leading up to the early signing period.

When is it?

Prospects in their senior year are able to sign their letters of intent beginning Dec. 19 through Dec. 21. Once they sign, they are locked in to that school and can enjoy the rest of their senior year of high school without fielding calls, texts and messages from coaches all over the country.

Continue reading
0
  21 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

21 Hits
0 Comments

ESPN 300 DT Faatui Tuitele commits to Washington Huskies

Nov 19, 2018Emailprint

Washington landed a big piece for its 2019 recruiting class Sunday when ESPN 300 defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele announced his commitment to the Huskies.

Tuitele is the No. 40-ranked prospect in the country and chose Washington over Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Texas. It's quite the win for coach Chris Petersen and his staff, who currently hold the No. 21-ranked recruiting class in the country.

Hailing from St. Louis School in Honolulu, Tuitele is the fifth prospect to commit to Washington from Hawaii in this class. His school has produced top recruits in the past, including current Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and former Oregon Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Tuitele is the highest-ranked commitment in Washington's class and gives the Huskies four ESPN 300 commitments. He is joined by ESPN 300 defensive tackle Jacob Bandes, ESPN 300 quarterback Dylan Morris and offensive lineman Sama Paama as the top commitments.

Original link
0
  19 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

19 Hits
0 Comments

Heisman hopefuls: Week 12

A week before championships and rivalries are played, the nation's top players continue to jostle for position to be considered for the Heisman Trophy. The field for the finalists is nearly set, but there is still plenty of time for these productive ballers to create separation from the rest of the field or make up some ground. All of these players helped their teams to wins with big numbers this past weekend, and being part of a successful team could be the difference in where they finish in the race for the most sought-after trophy in the sport.

Here are the five players who proved in their latest games that they were worthy of the Heisman.

Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State Buckeyes 

Talk about a close call. The Ohio State Buckeyes escaped Annapolis with a hotly contested overtime win over Maryland, powered by the arms and legs of Dwayne Haskins.

The sophomore quarterback picked the Terps apart with his passing, finishing with 405 yards and three touchdowns. That’s supposed to happen. What wasn’t expected was Haskins finishing with 15 rushes for 59 yards and a season-high three touchdowns.

Continue reading
0
  19 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

19 Hits
0 Comments

Alabama RB Damien Harris leaves game with injury after 73-yard run

Damien Harris ripped off the longest run of the season for Alabama on Saturday, going 73 yards and rousing the home crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Then, just as suddenly, everyone went absolutely quiet, because Harris remained on the ground with an injury.

Harris had landed hard on his shoulder, and it was a scary scene because he wasn’t moving for a while. Thankfully, he did get up after being attended to and jogged off the field.

Not long afterward, he walked into the locker room for further evaluation and treatment.

Harris is the best running back on ‘Bama’s roster, and the Crimson Tide will be hard pressed to replace what he can do if he does have to miss time. Though he’s been utilized sparingly, the senior has seven touchdowns on the ground.

You'll receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams.

Continue reading
0
  20 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

20 Hits
0 Comments

The Citadel trolls 'Bama on Twitter after scoring TD

Alabama is overwhelmingly the best team in the nation and has somehow gotten even better defensively since the start of November.

Both LSU and Mississippi State were shut out by the Crimson Tide, which touted that achievement on Twitter during the week as the team prepared to host The Citadel.

Well, as the old saying goeth, “pride cometh before a fall.”

The Citadel stunned ‘Bama early on Saturday, holding the Crimson Tide scoreless most of the first quarter. This development alone sparked a Twitter frenzy as folks mocked ‘Bama.

Then, the ultimate shocker. The Citadel scored a touchdown to tie the game up.

Continue reading
0
  22 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

22 Hits
0 Comments

Alabama Football: The good, not so good and the bad against Missouri

Alabama football continued its championship march Saturday night against Missouri. Check out the good, not so good and the bad in the game. When other championship contenders faltered Saturday, Alabama football continued its winning ways, beating Missouri 39-10. Overall the win was The Crimson Tide’s most impressive of the season. Let’s review the game by […] Alabama Football: The good, not so good and the bad against Missouri - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
0
  163 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

163 Hits
0 Comments

Nick Saban dismisses concerns about Tua Tagovailoa’s knee injury

Nick Saban dismissed concerns about Tua Tagovailoa’s knee injury following Alabama’s win over Missouri on Saturday.

Tagovailoa threw for three touchdowns in Bama’s 39-10 victory over the Tigers. However, he left the game in the third quarter and did not return. Jalen Hurts took over as the Tide’s quarterback and went 7-of-8 for 115 yards, leading the team on one touchdown drive.

After the game, Saban was asked about Tagovailoa’s status and did not seem concerned.

“Tua’s okay, he had the same injury he had before. We just didn’t put him back in the game,” Saban told ESPN after the game.

Saban also said that Tagovailoa could have gone back into the game but they did not feel it was worth it.

Continue reading
0
  168 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

168 Hits
0 Comments

Top takeaways from college football Week 7

Four top-10 teams lost on Saturday. Yeah, college football Week 7 was absolutely bonkers, as upsets and crazy situations unfolded around the nation.

In addition to the huge upsets, we saw two teams brawl, two head coaches go at it from their sidelines and one of the best players in the nation exit his game with an injury.

Those are just some of the things we’re looking at as we survey the biggest happenings in Week 7.

Second-half surge keeps Ohio State perfect

Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Continue reading
0
  153 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

153 Hits
0 Comments

Tua Tagovailoa exits in third quarter with apparent leg injury

Tua Tagovailoa took off on a scramble in the third quarter as Alabama hosted Missouri Saturday night, and after he slid on the turf, he stayed down.

As Tagovailoa was attended to by trainers, his right leg was being looked at. Thankfully after a few minutes of being examined, he was able to jog off the field under his own power.

Jalen Hurts came into the game to replace Tagovailoa, who had already thrown for 265 yards and three touchdowns, including an 81-yard bomb on the game’s second play from scrimmage.

After Tagovailoa exited the game, he went into the medical tent for further treatment.

Original link
0
  123 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

123 Hits
0 Comments

This stat illustrates how dominant Alabama's offense has been

Everyone knows the Alabama Crimson Tide are the best team in the country. However, we sometimes miss just how dominant this team is. One shocking statistic captures Alabama’s excellence perfectly.

Many fans may not be familiar with Skyler DeLong, and for good reason. He is Alabama’s punter. But after drilling six punts on Sept. 22 against Texas A&M, he hasn’t taken the field to punt since.

Perhaps Alabama’s offense felt bad he needed to punt six times in the win over Texas A&M. If so, they’ve now provided him with several weeks of rest and relaxation while the freshman punter gets to sit back and enjoy his free sideline passes with Alabama.

The Crimson Tide are rolling on Saturday against Missouri. Meanwhile, they face the Tennessee Volunteers next Saturday. If the streak continues over the next two weeks, we may not see DeLong until November.

You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams.

Continue reading
0
  143 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

143 Hits
0 Comments