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By Stan J. Griffin: November 5, 2015

Due to uncertainty regarding the weather conditions for Friday night, several Tuscaloosa/West Alabama schools have moved their first-round high school football games to tonight.
One of those local schools is Chris Smelley's No. 7 American Christian Academy Patriots.
The 9-1 Patriots, who finished as runner up to undefeated Gordo in Class 3A Region 4, begin postseason play as they host a Slocumb team that went 7-3 during the regular season.
Slocumb also finished a solid 4-2 in Class 3A Region 2, placing third in the region behind only Daleville and Pike County.
ACA had no trouble romping past Sumter Central last Friday behind the three touchdowns of Caleb Squires, and the Patriots are hoping to remain hot, especially offensively, as they begin a hopeful road to Tuscaloosa and the Super Seven state title games.

Courtesy of Crimson Magazine

By Stan J. Griffin

With ESPN's College GameDay returning to Tuscaloosa this week to feature yet another University of Alabama football game (which is seemingly almost becoming a weekly ritual for the popular show), and CBS also coming to Bryant-Denny Stadium for a prime time national broadcast, it is basically impossible to downplay the magnitude of Saturday's pivotal Southeastern Conference showdown between No. 2 LSU (as ranked in the initial College Football Playoff poll) and No. 4 Alabama Saturday.

Les Miles' Tigers (7-0 overall and 4-0 in SEC play) and Nick Saban's Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1) are set to renew what has become one of the nation's most intense rivalries Saturday in a game that kicks off just after 7 p.m.

While the game has become particularly spicy over the past seven or eight years due to Saban's previous coaching experience in Baton Rouge and many of the games being very close, hard-fought and physical battles, this year's contest is simply huge due to all of the potential SEC and playoff ramifications that accompany it.

Courtesy of Crimson Magazine

By Stan J. Griffin

Although the No. 7 University of Alabama football team was off this past week in terms of an actual game, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said the week was a productive one, nevertheless, for his team.

"We have been working on a lot of things, and a lot of repetitions for a lot of players, to improve," he said Monday. "But now it's time to sort of refocus on the task at hand. The players had a few days off, and I think the goal is is for us to play our best football of the year. To do that, each individual on the team needs to play their best, and that obviously starts with preparation, and we're going to start our preparation (for Saturday's game against No. 4 LSU) today."

Saban noted the magnitude of the Alabama/LSU rivalry, and how it has grown during the past several years. It will no doubt be a formidable challenge for his Crimson Tide squad once again when Les Miles' Tigers (7-0 overall and 4-0 in SEC play) comes to Tuscaloosa Saturday to battle his Alabama team (7-1, 4-1).

Courtesy of DCM Fan Zone

It's one of those annual clashes that needs no juiced-up pregame pep talk from the head coaches.

It's Florida. It's Georgia. And it's often for SEC East midseason supremacy. 
This year is one of those typical Florida-Georgia matchups. Sure, Missouri is the two-time defending SEC East champ, but it looks like it's gonna be one of the traditional SEC East powers -- either Florida or Georgia -- is gonna be representing the East in the Georgia Dome this year come December.

Courtesy of DCMFanZone

By Erik Stinnett

Arkansas seems to have a thing for these overtime instant classics.

The latest installment came last Saturday in Fayetteville when, in a battle of 2015 disappointments, Arkansas outlasted Auburn 54-46 in not one, not two, not three, but four overtimes. Brandon Allen's 25-yard TD pass to Drew Morgan on the first play of the fourth overtime and the ensuing successful two-point conversion proved to be the difference for the host Hogs.

By Stan J. Griffin: October 26, 2015

Lance Tucker's No. 8 Fayette County Tigers have a secure spot waiting for them in the Class 4A state playoffs, which begin in a couple of weeks.
But the Tigers came up just short Friday in their quest to capture the Region 5 title.
The No. 2 Cordova Blue Devils proved to be just a little too much for Tucker's host team as the visitors claimed the region crown with a hard-fought 20-18 victory.
Fayette County fell to 6-3 on the season and 5-1 in region play while Cordova, meanwhile, kept its perfect season going by improving to 9-0 overall and 6-0 in region play.

Courtesy of Crimson Magazine

By Stan J. Griffin: October 24, 2015

Nick Saban's No. 8 University of Alabama football team struggled offensively and defensively throughout the course of Saturday's contest against rival Tennessee at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and it appeared late in the contest that a physically-spent Crimson Tide team was in dire jeopardy of having its Southeastern Conference and national title hopes squashed by Butch Jones' Volunteer team.

But in a game mainly defined by the sluggishness of the Tide and the stubborn resolve of the visitors from Knoxville, a resilient and gritty Alabama team used big plays by Jake Coker, Derrick Henry, ArDarius Stewart, Ryan Anderson and A'Shawn Robinson among others in the last five minutes or so to avoid the huge home upset, while also keeping its win streak alive against the Volunteers.

(Courtesy of DCMFanZone)

By Erik Stinnett

If ever a team needed to be on upset alert, this weekend is most certainly it for Alabama.

Since self-imploding against Ole Miss on Sept. 19, the Crimson Tide have been rolling. And picking up steam fast. Alabama has gone 4-0 the past four weeks with its most impressive, dominating victories coming on the road against undefeated, top 10 competition.
Alabama upset (yes, it did classify as an upset) Georgia, 38-10, on Oct. 3. Two weeks later it went back on the road and walloped Texas A&M, 41-23. The other two wins in the last month were home wins over not-as-imposing competition -- 34-0 over Louisiana-Monroe and 27-14 over Arkansas.

(Courtesy of Crimson Magazine)

By Stan J. Griffin: October 23, 2015

A few years back there was a bit of scuttlebutt regarding the Alabama-Tennessee game, and whether it should be played every year in the SEC rotational system, as some outsiders felt that perhaps the Crimson Tide had an advantage by getting to play a downtrodden Vols program every year instead of, say, a Georgia or Florida, or even South Carolina.

Fortunately the powers that be in the conference used good judgment and opted to continue the yearly battle between Alabama and Tennessee, realizing how big of a rivalry the game still is for many, while also realizing that it's not exactly the Crimson Tide's fault that the Tennessee program had fallen into hard times over the past few years.

The Goblins squad won the annual Alabama gymnastics Ghosts and Goblins Intrasquad on Thursday, Oct. 22, in front of a packed house in the Frances Smith Practice Facility. It was the Goblins 10th win over the past dozen years.  

“There was such amazing energy tonight,” UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. “Our fans were so great and they really helped create an amazing atmosphere for our ladies. We hope everyone will join us again on Dec. 18 on the floor of the Coleman Coliseum for our open practice.”

Photo: University of Alabama Athletics Department

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