Posts Tagged ‘Alabama Crimson Tide’

The Iron Bowl

Nick Saban (L) chats with Gene Chizik (R) before the 2009 Iron Bowl. Alabama won 26-21. (The Huntsville Times / Robin Conn)

Alabama and Auburn meet for the 75th time on Friday in the annual “Iron Bowl”.

Before I dive into the actual game itself, I’ll give you a few quick facts about the Iron Bowl.

The series was moved from a neutral site in 1989 where Alabama traveled to Auburn for the first time in the series’ history. Alabama was undefeated and ranked second in the country, but Auburn would win the first Iron Bowl played at Jordan-Hare Stadium 30-20.

Alabama continued to play its “home” games at Legion Field until the year 2000 when it officially moved their home games to Tuscaloosa. The two teams had met before in Tuscaloosa in 1895 and 1901. Auburn won both games by a combined score of 65-0.

Auburn has dominated the series outside of neutral sites, winning 13 of 17 games (7-3 at Jordan-Hare, 6-1 at Bryant-Denny). However, Nick Saban is 1-0 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the Iron Bowl. Alabama dominated the series at Legion Field with a 32-15 record. Overall, Alabama leads the series at 40-33-1 and the lone tie occurred in 1907. Continue reading


My analysis on Alabama

The defense stepped up big time for Alabama against Ole Miss on Saturday. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

It’s been two weeks since I talked about Alabama in detail. The last time was after a big win (at the time) over Florida.

It was still a pivotal win — and it was the first game in a downward spiral for the Gators. Obviously,  Alabama was much better than Florida and they took care of them accordingly. Since then, Alabama lost it’s first regular season game since 2007 and “struggled” at home against Ole Miss.

When I say struggled, I mean in terms of the offense. It didn’t just start with Ole Miss, either. Not even South Carolina. No, I go back to the second half against Florida. Whether they were conservative or not, the offense sputtered in the 2nd half against the Gators and Florida could have gotten back into that game if not for turnovers. Continue reading

Dirty Block Caused Marcel Dareus Injury

I originally wrote that it looked like Dareus’ injury because his own man crashed into him, but it looks like that only intensified the injury. Edit: Dareus’ ankle was probably already hurt before the low block. The play in the clip is from the 3rd quarter if I’m not mistaken and Dareus took a shot from his teammate in the 2nd quarter.

Here’s a video of the dirty block via @chasegoodbread. (the link goes where it’s supposed to now)

If you notice, the Arkansas lineman seems to do it on purpose. Whether that is the case is or not is an opinion.

He looks at Dareus, who is slowing up because he sees that the tackle has been made, and dives at his ankles.

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box below. You can e-mail me suggestions or questions at Follow me on Twitter @JoeSportswriter.

Alabama vs. Florida Preview


The Line: Alabama -9

The top ranked Crimson Tide is set to take on the Florida Gators under the lights this Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Kick off is set for 7 pm CST and the game will air on CBS as part of a double header.

Despite winning all of their games by double digits and holding the opposition to 14.3 points per game, the Gators are being overlooked by some. Continue reading

Alabama Survives To Win

Robert Lester after his 2nd interception in the 3rd quarter. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Alabama showed why they are the defending national champions and #1 team in the country on Saturday.

After going down 20-7 with 5:04 left in the 3rd quarter, Alabama scored 17 unanswered points to avoid defeat and improved to 4-0 on the season. Continue reading

College Football Preview: Week 4

Each week, I’ll do my best to make a few predictions and follow-up on some of the interesting happenings around college football.

Week 4 is upon us and I think this week is going to answer questions a lot of us have. I think we’re going to be able to separate the good 3-0 teams from the not so good 3-0 teams. It should be a fun Saturday.

Before we get to Saturday, though, there are a few interesting match ups tonight and tomorrow. Continue reading