TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — We know there is always a lot of news flying around Alabama football, so we figured it’d be a good idea to provide you with a spot to catch up on things you might have missed.
No. 2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) hosts No. 19 LSU (6-2, 3-1 SEC) on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Here are stories, videos and other news and notes you might have missed this week.
Stone ages of breaking down film
Alabama coach Nick Saban turned 66 on Tuesday, but listening to the coach explain how he used to break down film felt like we were back in the stone ages.
“First of all, I used to have to drive to Pittsburgh and get the film developed. Then I had to drive back. Dom Capers was a GA with me, and Gary Pinkel. So, one man sleeps while the other man drives. So the guy that didn’t go to Pittsburgh had to sit … and wind the film. It was film. It wasn’t video tape. It wasn’t a computer. You spliced all the offensive plays and you put ’em on a reel and you spliced them together. You put all the defensive plays in order on a reel, and spliced them together. If you ever got one upside down and the coaches are watching film, and all of a sudden the play was upside down because you put it on there backwards, you’re talking about a major ass-chewing.”
Check here for the full story. It’s a pretty interesting one.
Saban said Wednesday that running back Josh Jacobs will play Saturday against LSU, while defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand will be a game-time decision.
Both Jacobs (ankle) and Hand (sprained left MCL) have practiced this week.
“Josh Jacobs is fine. He’ll be able to play, no question,” Saban said. “Da’Shawn Hand has practiced, got reps. I don’t think we’ll be able to know whether he’ll be able to play or not until pregame. He’s been medically cleared, but still, any time a player’s coming off an injury, I think that player’s got to have confidence that he can go out there and do his job well.
“I usually talk to the player about that, and we’ll make a decision in pregame on his status for the game.”
Nick Saban speaks
Nick Saban’s news conference on Monday:
Nick Saban’s news conference on Wednesday:
News and analysis
- On the Beat: How 2012 title game changed course of Alabama, LSU programs
- Freshman Daniel Wright blows away Nick Saban with “Happy Birthday” song
- The outstanding unit for Alabama no one is talking about: kickoff coverage
- Alabama defense’s MVP (most versatile player): Minkah Fitzpatrick or Rashaan Evans
- CFP snubbing Alabama at No. 1 is best thing that could have happened to Crimson Tide
- On the Beat: Nick Saban envy remains at the heart of LSU’s rivalry with Alabama
- SEC showdown of the regular season: LSU’s Derrius Guice vs. Alabama’s “scared” defense
Each week, SEC Country writers and editors predict the outcome of Alabama’s next contest.
“Before the College Football Playoff rankings came out this week, I was ready to pick a solid win for the Crimson Tide, maybe by 10-to-14 points. Following the snubbing, though, look for Crimson Tide to come out flying. Alabama is simply a better team on both lines, which will eventually make the difference. Alabama 32, LSU 10.” Chris Walsh
More predictions here.
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