Morning Kickoff: Crimson Tide News 10/18


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Alabama-Texas A&M primer

"Since Texas A&M joined the SEC, the Aggies and Alabama have had memorable battles. There was Johnny Manziel’s coming-out party in 2012 when the Aggies upset the Crimson Tide, Alabama traveled to College Station last year to get redemption, outlasting Texas A&M in a shootout. The third annual meeting between these SEC West foes takes place Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This time, both teams could use some positive momentum in the form of a win. Alabama (5-1, 2-1 SEC) beat Arkansas 14-13 last week but has plenty of concerns stemming from the win and the Tide lost to Ole Miss the week prior. Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2), meanwhile, took beatings at the hands of Mississippi State and Ole Miss in back-to-back weeks. What should we expect Saturday?"

It’s gameday and here is ESPN’s breakdown of the game. I hope the Tide can come out and look like they did in first few weeks as well as getting back to playing Alabama football.

Bo Is Good To Go

" has learned that class of 2014 Crimson Tide signee Bo Scarbrough, a five-star running back projection by, has been academically cleared to enroll at Alabama in January after initially failing to qualify to enroll with his classmates this past summer."

Some great news on the recruiting front from John Garcia with Bo Scarbrough being cleared to enroll in January. Will be big to get him in the program.

Production disappearing, Tide offense lacking identity

"In a span of three weeks, Alabama’s offense has gone from being discussed as one of the most explosive in the country against Florida to struggling to produce points at Ole Miss and Arkansas.The Crimson Tide’s offense peaked against the Gators, racking up 42 points and 672 yards of offense.In its two games since then, the Tide has managed just 21 points and 623 yards of offense. When Texas A&M rolls into town on Saturday, the Tide’s offense will look to get back on track."

Getting things back on track with a big SEC West opponent in Bryant-Denny today would be huge for the rest of the season. Hopefully, the mistakes will decrease and it will be a fun game to watch.

More from Bama Hammer

Soccer Breaks Even with Arkansas on Friday Night, 0-0

"The Alabama soccer team broke even with the Arkansas Razorbacks, 0-0, on Friday night at the Alabama Soccer Complex, going into the Tide’s fifth overtime game this season.“It’s always mixed emotions when you tie a game,” said Alabama head coach Todd Bramble. “Some ties feel like wins; some ties are disappointing and feel like losses. We’re not feeling too good after this game. We felt like we had chances to win it. I’m proud of the effort of our team.”"

Men’s Tennis Adds Four Victories at Southern Regionals on Friday

"The men’s tennis team picked up four wins on Friday in Auburn at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships.In singles consolation action, Hayes Brewer took down Auburn’s Zach Barnes in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, and fellow sophomore Sean Donohue defeated Miguel Martin of Jackson State, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3. Andrew Goodwin secured a convincing victory against Rok Sitar of Louisiana, 6-1, 6-2, while Stuart Kenyon held on to win his match in three sets against Southern Miss’ Wen-Po Tsen, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6."

Women’s Cross Country Team Captures 4th Consecutive Crimson Classic Title; Men Finish Ninth

"The University of Alabama women’s cross country team captured its third team title of the season and its fourth consecutive Crimson Classic championship while the Crimson Tide men finished ninth at the 2014 Crimson Classic hosted by Alabama at the Harry Pritchett Running Park.The Tide women finished well ahead of Georgia Tech and Auburn in the team standings with 68 points, comparted to Georgia Tech’s 116 and Auburn’s 130. Mississippi State was fourth with 162 while Stephen F. Austin State was fifth with 170."

Rowing Heads to Boston for the Head of the Charles Regatta

"Alabama Rowing continues the fall portion of its schedule with its annual trip to Cambridge, Mass., for the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta along Boston’s Charles River. Two days of racing is set to begin on Saturday, Oct. 18.The Crimson Tide will compete in the Club 4 (12:38 CT) and Club 8 (1:23 CT) races on Saturday, Oct. 18 and the Championship 8 (1:18 CT) on Sunday, Oct. 19."