Morning Kickoff: Crimson Tide News 10/15


Good morning and roll tide! Here’s the latest Alabama news as we’re finally halfway through the week. Could not be more excited for the game this weekend.

Reeling Aggies seek relevance, confidence in return to Alabama

"What concerns Sumlin is a stagnant ground game that averaged only 1.5 yards per carry against Ole Miss. That has triggered talk of a personnel shake-up in the offensive trenches, with Sumlin acknowledging the starters listed on Tuesday’s depth chart (LT Cedric Obuehi, LG Jarvis Harrison, C Mike Matthews, RG Joseph Cheek, RT Germain Ifedi) may not be the first five to take the field in Tuscaloosa."

It’s not the ground attack that worries me, how they test our defensive backfield is what may give me nightmares thinking about. A&M is desperate for a win and with Alabama struggling themselves we could have another dog fight on our hands this Saturday.

Offensive line takes heat for troubles at Arkansas

"“Personally, I thought I played terrible. I kind of take responsibility for it,” Shepherd said. “I don’t think any of us had a good game. Probably the worst game we’ve played as a unit just to be straight up.”"

To be straight up, it’s kinda hard not to agree with him. The Arkansas game was a rough on to watch, I’m sure it was even worse for the offensive line unit on film day. You can point your finger at a lot of problems last weekend. Such as some of the play calling, the play at quarterback, and of course the special teams unit. To me, the main issue was the execution. When an offensive line struggles the way Bama did, it’s extremely hard to get anything going. Hopefully the players can bounce back this weekend in a crucial game.

Alabama’s focus should be on execution, not emotion

"Just look at these notes from ESPN’s Stats & Information: Alabama has scored 17 points or fewer in back-to-back weeks for the first time since 2007. Alabama had -5 yards before contact against Arkansas, the only time in the last four seasons in which it was held to negative yards before contact. Nine of Alabama’s 13 drives against Arkansas failed to produce a first down, which is the most during Saban’s time in Tuscaloosa."

I swear I’m not trying to ruin your morning.

Alabama’s 2015 football schedule revealed

"Sept. 5, 2015: Wisconsin (Arlington)"

"Sept. 19: Ole MissOct. 3: at GeorgiaOct. 10: ArkansasOct. 17: at Texas A&MOct. 24: TennesseeOct. 31: ByeNov. 7: LSUNov. 14: at Mississippi StateNov. 28: at Auburn"

Highlighted the main games because I didn’t want to have too big of a wall of text. If there’s a gap in dates it’s because we’re playing North Dakota Online 21 Jump Street State Tech Institute of Agriculture or something. That’s right, we only have one off week.

Mike Slive will leave lasting legacy after helping reshape college football

"The 74-year-old deserves many years of sitting back and watching the changes he championed come to fruition. Nobody is more instrumental in the arrival of the College Football Playoff than Slive, who led the overthrow of the reviled Bowl Championship Series. He was among the first leaders to lobby publicly for NCAA structural and rules reform, setting in motion the machinery that led to the power-five conference autonomy vote that was passed recently. He has been a strong voice for enhanced player safety in football. He didn’t fire the first shot in realignment and he wasn’t the first commissioner to launch a conference television network, but the SEC is even stronger and more profitable today due to Slive’s savvy navigating of those turbulent waters."


here we go guys