ESPN: Florida football’s Hail Mary-finish against Tennessee one of the best games of 2017

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Florida-Tennessee a top-20 game from 2017

The Florida Gators football season overall was one to forget in 2017, but according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter, at least one game will stand out among the best of college football. Trotter ranked the Gators’ 26-20 win over Tennessee on Sept. 16 as the 13th-best game of the 2017 regular season. His explanation:

An otherwise unwatchable matchup delivered an incredible finish, as Gators QB Feleipe Franks unleashed a 63-yard TD over the top of the Tennessee defense as time expired. The sloppy play on both sides was a harbinger, as Vols coach Butch Jones and Florida’s Jim McElwain would be fired before the end of the season.

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Volleyball plays Stanford for spot in national championship

The No. 2-seed Gators volleyball team plays Stanford in the NCAA Tournament semifinals on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. First serve is set for 9 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN.

On Wednesday, five Florida players earned AVCA All-America honors, with senior middle blocker Rhamat Allhasan earning a coveted first-team spot.

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Why recruiting against Nick Saban’s age might be backfiring on other programs

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The claims have been made since Nick Saban arrived at the University of Alabama in 2007.

He’s not going to stay. He’ll go back to the NFL. He’ll leave for another school.

None of that has happened.

The latest, of course, is that Saban won’t be coaching much longer because of his age. He’s 66 and again will celebrate his birthday during the Crimson Tide’s bye week, just after the midpoint of the 2018 season.

Opposing coaches started using that one in recruiting about three years ago — or in the Alabama football timeline, two national championships ago.

Yeah, he’s really starting to slow down (insert sarcasm font).

One of the reasons why there’s been such widespread speculation about how much longer he’ll coach is that any prospect who redshirts is obviously on a five-year enrollment plan, which means Saban would be in his 70s by the time that prospect is a senior. You don’t see too many successful coaches at that age.

Granted, just about every player Saban recruits is thinking three years and NFL, but that’s neither here nor there.

It’s about the only way opponents can negatively recruit against Alabama anymore. Yet, this year, in particular, it may be backfiring. Saban has revamped his coaching staff and is putting together another star-filled recruiting class. Plus, he also has a very easy counter to the age question.

He isn’t just the dean of SEC coaches, he’s the only one with strong job security.

Among the schools that now make up the SEC — keep in mind Missouri and Texas A&M didn’t begin play in the league until 2012 — there have been 30 coaching changes since 2008.

Arkansas and Tennessee have seen the most with four. Neither program has notched a win against Alabama during that time.

Every other SEC program has made at least one change at the top since 2013.

So, when the staff of a rival school plays the age card and its fans openly ask if Saban will still be coaching in five years, all someone from Alabama has to do is say, “Probably. What are the chances your coach will be there in five years?”

You don’t need to shake a Magic 8 Ball to know that the most likely answers are: Don’t count on it, outlook not so good or very doubtful.

SEC East         UF              UGA   UK                Mizzou    USC        UT      Vandy

  • 2007    Meyer              Richt    Brooks          Pinkel     Spurrier   Fulmer  Johnson
  • 2008
  • 2009                                                                                                     Kiffin
  • 2010                                        Phillips                                                Dooley   Caldwell
  • 2011    Muschamp                                                                                              Franklin
  • 2012
  • 2013                                        Stoops                                                 Jones
  • 2014                                                                                                                      Mason
  • 2015    McElwain
  • 2016                            Smart                           Odom   Muschamp
  • 2017
  • 2018    Mullen                                                                                    Pruitt

SEC West      Ala.  Ark.               AU               LSU    OM             MSU       A&M

  • 2007    Saban  Nutt               Tuberville    Miles   Orgeron      Croom       Franchione
  • 2008                Petrino                                                 Nutt                              Sherman
  • 2009                                        Chizik                                              Mullen
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012                Smith                                                   Freeze                              Sumlin
  • 2013               Bielema          Malzahn
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017                                                                Orgeron Luke
  • 2018                Morris                                                                       Moorhead   Fisher

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Alabama softball may be without staff ace against Ole Miss: Series info, preview

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama softball team might still be without its ace pitcher, Alexis Osorio, when it hosts Ole Miss for a three-game series this weekend.

The senior has yet to be cleared from concussion protocol after being struck in the face by a batted ball at Auburn last Sunday.

She’s thrown 61.0 of the team’s 173.1 innings, amassing 101 strikeouts for an average of 1.67 per inning. The two-time All-American has a 1.61 ERA.

If she’s still sidelined, the Crimson Tide will have to rely on their other two pitchers, who are both new additions this season. Courtney Gettins, a junior-college transfer, is 8-2 with a 1.62 ERA, with 34 strikeouts and 28 walks. Freshman left-hander Madison Preston is 6-2 with a 1.83 ERA, 36 strikeouts and 21 walks.

Alabama is No. 15 in the USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 16 in the Softball poll. In early RPI ranking, Alabama is No. 20 and Ole Miss 35th.

Series details

  • What: Ole Miss (15-10, 1-5 SEC) at Alabama (20-7, 1-2)
  • When: 7:30 p.m. ET Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: Rhoads Stadium
  • Weather forecast: According to the Weather Channel, rain isn’t in the forecast until Sunday afternoon when scattered thunderstorms will go through the Tuscaloosa area. The chance of rain is 50 percent, so keep an eye out for a possible preemptive schedule change.

What’s the best way to keep up with the games

Fans have numerous options:

Radio: 93.3 FM in Tuscaloosa.

Live video can be found on SEC Network+: Game 1, Game 2 and Game 3

Live stats will be available.

Twitter updates: @AlabamaSB

What you should know

  • The last meeting between the teams was in the SEC Tournament, a 4-1 victory for Ole Miss. Overall, Alabama leads the series 58-5, and had a 30-game win streak snapped in 2017.
  • Former Alabama softball player Chandler Dare will be the analyst on the SEC Network broadcasts. Crimson Tide football play-by-play announcer Eli Gold is slated to call Sunday’s game.
  • The Rebels’ three primary pitchers are freshman left-hander Anna Borgen (2-4, 2.58 ERA), senior Kaitlin Lee (9-4, 2.66) and sophomore Morgan Bruce (2-0, 3.46).
  • Ole Miss batters have been struggling this season, batting .255 as a team, which is last in the SEC. Sophomore Kaylee Horton leading the Rebels with a .360 batting average. The 5-6 utility player hails from Jasper, Ala.
  • The Rebels are 13-2 when scoring first and 2-7 when playing from behind. They’re 10-0 when scoring in the first inning.
  • Alabama defense ranks second in the SEC with a .978 fielding percentage. The .273 batting average is 12th and the 1.70 ERA ninth.
  • Alabama doesn’t have any midweek games scheduled until mid-April. It’ll travel to Kentucky next weekend, and host Florida on April 7-9.

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Kentucky Basketball: How the Wildcats stack up against rest of SEC

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We tackle the best question asked by Kentucky fans every day. If you’d like to submit a question, tweet to Kyle Tucker here and Joe Mussatto here. Look for the Question of the Day every Monday through Friday. 

Hunter Brown asks a good basketball question as league play is just around the corner: Where do you legitimately rank Kentucky in the SEC this year? 

First of all, I didn’t pick Kentucky to win the SEC in the preseason. I picked Florida just ahead of the Wildcats — which looked great after the Gators’ win over Gonzaga and 35 minutes of domination against Duke, but less good since then. I picked Texas A&M right behind the Cats.

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If you asked me today, that would be flipped. The Aggies have the most impressive résumé in the league with victories over West Virginia, Penn State and Oklahoma State on neutral courts and a win at Southern California. A narrow loss at Arizona is their only blemish.

I still think Florida is going to be really, really good and make a run at the Final Four, but the Gators are not without flaws, especially until big man John Egbunu comes back. But Texas A&M’s loaded frontcourt is a problem for opponents, and I’m not sure Kentucky (or almost anyone) has an answer for it.

The Wildcats will still contend for another SEC title — I think they’re one of the top three teams in the league and don’t count them out by any means — but with so much youth and so few quality opponents so far, we just don’t really know what these guys can do.

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As of this moment, seven SEC teams have more KenPom top-100 wins than Kentucky’s one (over No. 70 Vermont): Arkansas (5), Texas A&M (4), Tennessee (4), Alabama (4), Missouri (3), Florida (2) and Georgia (2).

We should know a lot more about where the Cats stand after the upcoming three-game stretch against Virginia Tech, UCLA and Louisville. Those are all top-50 teams. And then SEC play starts. Kentucky will have to beat out the Aggies and Gators and fend off new challengers like the Razorbacks and Volunteers to win this league again.

Here is how UK’s résumé stacks up to the six other SEC teams that ESPN’s latest bracketology has making the NCAA Tournament field:

Kentucky (8-1) — One KenPom top-100 win, against No. 70 Vermont (at home). Only loss to No. 7 Kansas (neutral court).

Texas A&M (8-1) — Wins against No. 11 West Virginia (neutral), No. 29 USC (road), No. 39 Penn State (neutral) and No. 54 Oklahoma State (neutral). Only loss at No. 19 Arizona.

Florida (6-3) — Wins against No. 10 Gonzaga (neutral) and No. 13 Cincinnati (neutral). Losses to No. 5 Duke (neutral), No. 25 Florida State (home) and No. 73 Loyola Chicago (home).

Tennessee (7-1) — Wins against No. 8 Purdue (neutral), No. 76 N.C. State (neutral), No. 90 Georgia Tech (away), No. 92 Mercer (home). Only loss to No. 1 Villanova (neutral).

Arkansas (7-2) — Wins against No. 28 Oklahoma (neutral), No. 40 Minnesota (home), No. 64 Fresno State (home), No. 95 Bucknell (home) and No. 98 Connecticut (neutral). Losses to No. 9 North Carolina (neutral) and No. 44 Houston (away).

Alabama (7-3) — Wins against No. 47 Rhode Island, No. 72 BYU, No. 88 UT Arlington and No. 94 Louisiana Tech, all at home or neutral. Losses (all by six points or fewer) to No. 19 Arizona (road), No. 40 Minnesota (neutral) and No. 77 Central Florida (home).

Missouri (8-2) — Wins against No. 50 St. John’s (neutral), No. 63 Iowa State (home) and No. 77 Central Florida (road). Losses to No. 11 West Virginia (neutral) and No. 59 Utah (road).

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The 3-pointer: What we learned during Alabama basketball’s win against Alabama A&M

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama men’s basketball program hoped the recruiting class of 2017 would end up setting records.

It took three games for the first one to fall.

Scoring all of his 30 point points beyond the arc, freshman guard John Petty notched 10 3-pointers to set the Crimson Tide single-game record during Friday night’s 104-67 victory over Alabama A&M. The previous mark of eight was shared by seven players, including senior guard/forward Riley Norris.

Every shot that Petty took was from 3-point range, where he was 10-for-13.

“That was a first, but hopefully not the last,” Petty said. “I kind of had some flashbacks from Canada, where I shot the ball all over the place.”

Petty went 5-for-6 in the first half and heard some people talking about the record, but didn’t quite think he’d get it Friday.

“That basket was as big as the ocean for that young man tonight,” Alabama A&M coach Donnie Marsh said. “That was a quality, quality squad.”

The game was one of two at Coleman Coliseum for the Barclays Center Classic, which will take the Crimson Tide team to Brooklyn next week. Alabama improved to 3-0, and Alabama A&M fell 0-3.

The Kids Are All Right

Freshman guard Collin Sexton nearly matched the Bulldogs’ first-half output by himself, scoring 18, including a half-court buzzer-beater, while the Bulldogs had 22 at the break. He finished with 22 points and five assists.

All five of Alabama’s freshmen played together for a while during the first half. They combined to score 78 points.

Overall, Alabama made 40 of 63 shots from the field (63.5 percent). Earlier this was week it was 34-for-57 against Lipscomb (59.6 percent).

“I don’t think we put up a lot of resistance,” Marsh said.

With Petty obviously leading the way, Alabama made 16 3-pointers. Among those to notch one were walk-ons Landon Fuller and Lawson Schaffer, who, like Petty, drew load roars from the crowd.

“I never make the first one,” Petty said. “When I saw the second one fall, I knew it might be good night.”

Alabama’s discipline a work in progress

Sophomore forward/center Daniel Giddens picked up two quick fouls and eventually fouled out with 2 points and 1 rebound in 15 minutes. Coach Avery Johnson kept Sexton in the game after he picked up his second foul with 4:45 remaining before halftime. He responded by assisting on a Petty 3 and didn’t get another foul in the game.

Overall, the Crimson Tide had 20 fouls, but Alabama A&M was just 9 of 24 from the line.

After struggling at the line in the home opener against Lipscomb, making just 12 of 32 free throws (37.5 percent), Alabama did a little better against the Bulldogs. After missing 3 of the first 4 attempts, the Crimson Tide went 8 of 15 (53.3 percent).

Alabama is faster and can dominate

The only statistical category that Alabama didn’t lead was points off turnovers, where the Bulldogs had a 13-12 edge. It was 48-28 in the paint, 14-2 in fastbreak points and 29-19 in bench points.

The one statistic that jumped out to Johnson was the Crimson Tide’s 25 assists.

“A pretty good night for us overall, offensively,” Johnson, who thought the defense dipped in the second half. “We have to improve at guarding the dribble.”

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Picks for the Georgia game; plus, a flashback to the Gamecocks’ best game against Bulldogs

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Welcome to SEC Country’s Chicken & Waffles, your daily dish for all things South Carolina Gamecocks football, basketball and more. Miss a previous edition? Find every edition of SEC Country’s South Carolina Gamecocks Chicken & Waffles right here.

Predictions for South Carolina vs. Georgia

SEC Country’s Mike Chapman and Hale McGranahan don’t like South Carolina’s chances at upsetting No. 1 Georgia on Saturday, but both do call for the Gamecocks to cover the 25-point spread.

McGranahan has the Bulldogs winning 31-10, while Chapman sees the Gamecocks keeping it a little closer.

“The Gamecocks are playing some of their best football of the season and I think they have a chance to keep this thing close, perhaps shock the nation with an upset in Athens,” Chapman wrote. “However, I still see Georgia winning. The game should be close, due to the fact that South Carolina is playing well right now, but I see Georgia pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 31-21 victory.”

Injury update

Senior Cory Helms will start at right guard for the Gamecocks on Saturday, according to South Carolina coach Will Muschamp.

“Actually, probably could have gone back into the Vanderbilt game,” Muschamp said of Helms and the injury he suffered last weekend. “[Offensive line coach] Eric Wolford had to pull him off the field at one point.”

The 6-foot-4 guard started all 13 games for the Gamecocks in 2016, but he’s been dealing with a nagging ankle injury much of this season.

The recruiting to-do list

Muschamp and his staff are always busy on the recruiting trail, but what are their biggest priorities in November? SEC Country breaks it down.

“We’re approaching three months on the 2018 commitment drought,” McGranahan wrote. “While it’s easy to see why Gamecocks fans want Muschamp to toss another #SpursUp on Twitter, they should keep one thing in mind: It’s been awhile since a South Carolina target committed to another school.”

Four-star linebacker Channing Tindall appears to be the next Gamecocks target to announce his commitment. The Columbia native is reportedly choosing between Georgia and South Carolina.

‘A program on the rise’

Four-star cornerback and Tennessee commit Jaycee Horn was among the unofficial visitors on campus last weekend for the Vanderbilt game. He left impressed with the Gamecocks defense.

“A program on the rise. One thing I do like about their defense is they play all types of coverages and you get a chance to learn all the coverages under two great defensive-minded coaches and two great defensive back coaches,” Horn told SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblut. “That helps you a lot in the future if you are planning on pursuing a career in the NFL.”

The Alpharetta (Ga.) High School standout is rated as the No. 217 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

Hang the banners

South Carolina’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will hang their respective championship banners prior to their home openers in Columbia.

The women open the season at home on Nov. 10. The men play their first home game on Nov. 13.

The Lady Gamecocks won the NCAA championship last season, while the men made it to their first-ever Final Four.

Ready for their close-up

South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley and reigning SEC Player of the Year A’ja Wilson visited ESPN on Thursday for the network’s National Women’s Basketball Media Day.

Just rolling through ESPN studios today. It’s good to be a Gamecock! @staley05

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Final Four means more

According to South Carolina marketing director Eric Nichols, South Carolina men’s basketball has sold more than 8,700 season tickets already, 10 days before the home opener.

“We probably sold 500 to 700 new season tickets before the summer because we were capitalizing on the emotion, the momentum that swept up South Carolina,” Nichols told Andrew Ramspacher of The State. “That’s where we made the biggest changes.”

The Gamecocks were 21st nationally in attendance last season, with an average of 13,395 fans at Colonial Life Arena, a school record.

That 2012 luck

If the Gamecocks are to upset the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs on Saturday, they’ll need a performance like that of their 2012 counterparts.

South Carolina, ranked No. 6 at the time, throttled No. 5 Georgia, 35-7, in an absolutely electric atmosphere at Williams-Brice Stadium. The crowd was perhaps at its loudest during wide receiver Ace Sanders’ 70-yard punt return touchdown.

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SEC Country team prediction: Alabama football game against Texas A&M

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football is set to continue its SEC grind when it travels to College Station, Texas for a date with Texas A&M on Saturday.

Alabama has defeated its last two SEC opponents by a combined 125-3 score. Alabama has wrecked Texas A&M’s season the last three years, outscoring the Aggies 133-37 in that span. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Here are predictions from those who cover Alabama football for SEC Country:

Marq Burnett: Alabama 41, Texas A&M 10

The only thing I know about predictions is that I don’t know anything. I predicted Alabama-Vanderbilt would be kind of close. That game ended in a 59-0 blowout by Alabama. I expected Ole Miss to put up a fight, calling that one 34-17 in favor of Alabama. Ole Miss managed just a field goal as Alabama pounded the Rebels into submission, 66-3. Alabama will definitely win this game. That’s the only thing I (think I) know for sure.

Chris Kirschner: Alabama 48, Texas A&M 10

Texas A&M has righted the ship since horrifically blowing its season-opener against UCLA after being up 34 points in the third quarter. However, that ship will look like the Titanic come Saturday night when Alabama gets through with the Aggies. The Crimson Tide have outscored their past two opponents an unimaginable 125-3. Texas A&M has a below-average defense — entering the game ranked 80th nationally in scoring defense — so I expect Alabama to continue to rack up the points. The Tide have a nice win streak going over unranked opponents, with 69 consecutive wins. Alabama will get its 70th on Saturday.

Christopher Walsh: Alabama 42, Texas A&M 13

Alabama will look to establish the run and pound away in the Texas heat, but the Aggies are last in the SEC in pass defense, having already given up 1,458 yards in the air. Considering the Crimson Tide’s speed at the wide receiver position, it’s probably only a matter of time before someone like Calvin Ridley or Robert Foster busts a long touchdown or two.

Mike Bambach: Alabama 38, Texas A&M 7

Texas A&M is allowing 3.1 rushing yards per carry, so Alabama might have to throw more than Nick Saban prefers. Still, the Tide has enough to roll to another SEC road victory. Aggies QB Kellen Mond has improved each week, but he and the Aggies will find the going a lot harder against Alabama than Arkansas and South Carolina, the two conference teams they’ve defeated.

Ryan Fowler: Alabama 45, Texas A&M 17

Another dominating win for Alabama against a middle-of-the-road SEC team. You cannot beat Alabama when you have problems on your offensive line. Earlier this week we featured two reporters from College Station, and both identified concerns on the offensive line. I think Alabama’s balance pays off against the Aggies on Saturday evening.

Matt Speakman: Alabama 34, Texas A&M 13

Alabama will build off of its impressive start to the season on offense against a defense that is ranked outside the top 50 nationally in total defense, and will continue to take care of the ball. The Crimson Tide should be able to deal with Kellen Mond and Trayveon Williams as it has with most quarterback/running back duos this season. Limiting Christian Kirk on offense and special teams will be a major factor.

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Florida’s running backs face stiff test against Kentucky

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The No. 20 Florida Gators know the challenge Kentucky will present to the running game on Saturday.

The Wildcats come into the game ranked third in the nation in rush defense, allowing an average of just 57 yards per game. Through three games, they have yet to allow a rush longer than 11 yards.

Meanwhile, Florida’s rushing offense has been anything but intimidating during Jim McElwain’s tenure. Over McElwain’s first two seasons, the Gators ranked in the bottom two of the SEC in total rushing offense.

And there’s this: Florida hasn’t scored a rushing touchdown in its last eight games. In that span, the Gators are averaging just 81.9 rushing yards per game, just 2.8 yards per rush, and have three games with 12 yards or fewer.

The Gators will get another chance to prove themselves Saturday.

“It’s going to be tough for us,” right tackle Jawaan Taylor said. “We’re just going to have to work hard in practice and prepare for Kentucky’s defense, which I know they’re a good defense. It’s going to be a challenge for our offensive line. We’ll prepare for it.”

Florida hopes to build on the momentum it gained on the ground against Tennessee last weekend. The Gators compiled 168 rushing yards and averaged 5.8 yards per carry. It was Florida’s best rushing game in terms of total yards since its 20-7 win over South Carolina (171) on Nov. 12, 2016, and the second best in terms of yards-per-carry under coach McElwain (7.4 against Missouri on Oct. 15, 2016).

“Just showing us, the offensive line, that when we do our job, our guys can create plays,” Taylor said. “It helped us tremendously.”

It also helped Florida realize that it has three running backs capable of handling responsibilities when they split carries.

Freshman Malik Davis has shown the most promise, gaining 102 yards on just five carries. He almost ended Florida’s rushing touchdown drought when he broke past a pair of Tennessee defenders and ran 72 yards down the sideline before being stripped from behind and watching the ball roll out of the end zone.

Sophomore Lamical Perine and Mark Thompson are the workhorses and have had moderate success through two games. Perine has 63 yards on 18 carries while Thompson has 43 yards on 12 touches. The duo had 85 combined yards against Tennessee on 18 carries.

“They’re extremely talented,” offensive lineman Tyler Jordan said. “The one thing we have to do to help them is we have to create more explosive runs because there were a lot of 2- and 3-yard runs. That falls on us. We have to make the holes to let them make 7-yard plays and score and go to the house.”

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WATCH: Nick Saban wasn’t pleased with how Alabama finished against Colorado State

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban liked how the Crimson Tide started, but didn’t enjoy how the team finished against Colorado State on Saturday.

Alabama football downed Colorado State, 41-23, in Bryant-Denny Stadium, but wasn’t able to sustain consistency throughout the game, particularly on defense.

Among other things, Saban spoke about why it was important to get other playmakers involved, the inconsistency of the defense and provided an injury update on tight end Miller Forristall.

Watch Saban’s full news conference below.

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BYU releases statement regarding its game against LSU

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On the heels of LSU’s athletic director saying it’s unlikely that BYU and LSU play in Houston on Saturday, BYU released its statement on the game.

The school stressed that its thoughts were on those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The school said it is in discussions with all parties involved and will provide information as it becomes available.

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans has emerged as a possible destination for the game. BYU cannot play the game on Sunday, due to its affiliation with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ESPN will have final say on the game. Kickoff is set for 9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, and the game is set to air on ESPN.

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