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Consensus Quarterback Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 weeks ago
To win a Super Bowl, a team must play defense, must be able to run the ball in short yardage situations but, above all else, must have a good quarterback.It’s why 13 of the last 16 NFL drafts have begun with a team selecting a signal-caller with the No. 1 overall pick. Some of those have been home runs (Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Eli Manning), some have been total busts (JaMarcus Russell...

Should the SEC Stay at Eight Conference Games or Expand to Nine?

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Future schedules are a hot topic in the SEC. With the creation of college football’s four-team playoff postseason format, most BCS teams have beefed up the non-conference schedule in order to improve the resume.While improved non-conference scheduling seems to be directly tied to the new playoff format, that’s not the only discussion involving scheduling in most conferences.The Big...

Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: Reporting from Alabama, Auburn Spring Games

By David Fox, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Athlon’s Braden Gall and David Fox split up A-Day duties, spending time at Auburn and Alabama through each school’s spring game.At Auburn, the fan base (and athletic director) is enjoying the rebound, but Gus Malzahn is busy at work trying to ramp up the tempo of the offense while plugging holes on defense.At Alabama, the fans have moved on from the 0-2 finish to last season, but the...

Alabama adds 15th commitment–Saban asks, Bell commits on the spot

By Saturday Down South, 2 months 2 weeks ago
This was an efficient commitment. Textbook, even. No games. Christian Bell was on Alabama’s campus at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. He was in Nick Saban’s office. The ‘Tide’s head coach was hoping for a commitment right then and there for the Birmingham native … and he got it. Everybody was agreeable, everybody was on board. “Coach Saban just started grinning after...

Former Alabama QB says Auburn’s the favorite in 2014

By Saturday Down South, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy promised he’d be unbiased upon being hired as an SEC Network analyst, and he’s making that known before the network even kicks off in mid-August. RELATED: Epic Iron Bowl lived on through t-shirts McElroy, who led Alabama to a perfect 14-0 season and a championship in 2009, told WJOX-FM that Auburn is the 2014 frontrunner ‘without question’, mostly because...

What we learned during Alabama’s spring practice

By Saturday Down South, 2 months 3 weeks ago
SDS will be taking a tour around the conference and looking at each team’s progress – or lack thereof – made during spring camp. Next up, Alabama. Here’s what we learned during Alabama’s spring practice: RELATED: How NCAA ranks CFB’s strength of schedule Offense Blake Sims likely loses the job to Jacob Coker: Did I just predict FSU transfer Jacob Coker to be the starter before he even...

Alabama in rarefied air with new multimedia rights deal

By Saturday Down South, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Alabama joins Texas and Notre Dame with a new booming financial multimedia rights deal. According to Sports Business Daily, Alabama and Learfield Sports agreed to a new deal that is reportedly worth $150-$160 million over the next decade. Alabama’s former deal with Learfield was said to be around $8 million per year signed in 2008, and with the new deal, financial terms will be increased to $15...

Bama owns 10 percent of nation’s Top 100 with 10 months to go

By Saturday Down South, 2 months 3 weeks ago
For a good chunk of 2014, Alabama didn’t occupy the nation’s No. 1 recruiting ranking. But in a one-weekend span, the Crimson Tide reclaimed the driver’s seat and are speeding away from the competition. It would be tough to see anybody catch them now. That’ll happen when it’s 10 months to national signing day and you have 10 of the national top 100 already on board...

Who Will Lead the SEC in Rushing in 2014?

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
2013 was the year of the quarterback in the SEC. The league featured standouts in AJ McCarron, Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger, James Franklin and Connor Shaw.But heading into 2014, the SEC is a league searching for answers at quarterback. Auburn’s Nick Marshall ranks as the No. 1 signal-caller, with Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott and...

State of the Iron Bowl: Alabama fans move on from 2013 finish, not Saban

By David Fox, 2 months 3 weeks ago
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — For a fan base not always known for its sense of perspective, the Alabama faithful seem to be taking the events of the last four months well.A-Day at Tuscaloosa was 140 days since Auburn ended Alabama’s bid to win four national titles in five years and 108 days since Oklahoma stunned the Crimson Tide for a 45-31 loss in the Sugar Bowl. For two losses that put a...