Morning Kickoff: Crimson Tide News 10/12


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Well it wasn’t a pretty win but it did put a “W” in the left hand column. Just be glad we aren’t Auburn fans. Just need to regroup and try to get better for the Aggies.

Ole Miss dominates Texas A&M, moves to top of playoff projection

"Ole Miss had to be considered the league favorite now, and that’s good enough to merit the No. 1 seed in the current playoff projection. Florida State drops to No. 2, while Alabama remains in the projection at No. 3. The Tide struggled again this week, but they still get both MSU and Auburn at home, so until they lose again, they will stay in this projection. I think the committee would view an 11-1 SEC West team as a very strong playoff contender."

I couldn’t believe it either. Jerry Palm still has us projected in the top four for the College Football Playoff. I think we got to improve to make it but I’m not going to complain with the projection because Roll Tide.

Blake Sims said he became more of a vocal leader during Alabama win at Arkansas

"It wasn’t a statistical gem for quarterback Blake Sims, but he said it was a major step for the team mentally. It was also a challenge to be more vocal.“I think my leadership was much better,” Sims said. “I let the team know, hey, I’m here for y’all. Whatever you do, mistakes, I’m behind you no matter what. I’m going to lose no faith. If you’re down, look at me. I’ll smile at you and hey, I’m going to pick you up and play the next play.”"

I know Blake has had a few rough games but I really wish folks would get off his back. There is a reason is in there under center. We don’t get to make those decisions and probably need to trust the coach that has led us to three national championships. It may be a rebuilding year and not a championship year. Who knows. Just roll with the punches and support the boys in crimson.

Instant Analysis: No. 7 Alabama 14, Arkansas 13

"Well, Alabama coach Nick Saban talked about this one being a a return to old-time, physical football.It was at least a return to when football didn’t yield a lot of points, as these two slogged their way through a game in which No. 7 Alabama (5-1, 2-1 SEC) edged out a 14-13 win over Arkansas (3-3, 0-3) in front of 72,337 inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium."

Here is ESPN’s recap if you guys want to check it out.

Rowing Medals Six at Chattanooga Head Race

"Alabama Rowing continued its fall season with a successful day on the Tennessee River, medaling six boats at the Chattanooga Head Race, including gold in the Women’s Collegiate 8+ and Novice 8+.“The conditions were not ideal but the girls responded very well,” said Head Coach Larry Davis. “We had a chance to come away with six medals so it was a good first regatta to go to. We showed some of the things that we improved on from our meet against UAH, while there are still some things we need to work on. It was a positive day overall, especially considering we were able to have success in conditions we don’t normally see on the Black Warrior River.”"

Alabama Stays Hot, Posts 13 Wins at Southern Regional Championships on Saturday

"The women’s tennis team enjoyed another solid day at the 2014 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships on Saturday, winning a combined 13 matches and raising its total to 25 for the tournament. Four of the Crimson Tide’s wins came in doubles, while the other nine victories were earned in singles.Match play began in the morning with doubles where Alabama recorded four wins, including the No. 1 seeded doubles pairing of Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen who advanced to tomorrow’s semifinals."

Alabama Women’s Golfer Emma Talley Leads the Charge on Day Two at the Tar Heel Invitational

"Led by Emma Talley’s 5-under par 67, the Alabama women’s golf team shot a 6-over 294 during the second round of the Tar Heel Invitational, hosted at the par-72, 6,379 UNC Finley Golf Course.Talley played a nearly flawless second round, posting a bogey-free round and making five birdies. The native of Princeton, Ky., charged up the individual leaderboard and is tied for eighth entering the final round at 1-under 143. Her second round 67 is tied for her best 18-hole total, which she first achieved in the first round of the 2013 NCAA East Regional."