Morning Kickoff: Crimson Tide News 11/7

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After not playing last week, Alabama heads to Baton Rouge this weekend to face the LSU Tigers in Alabama’s final game away from home this season. It’s a key SEC West matchup and a must-win should the Tide want to maintain control of their destiny this season. Let’s take a look at what the internet is saying regarding the game.

Alabama-LSU yet again has huge stakes (ESPN SEC Blog)

"It’s a chance for No. 16 LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC) to get back into the thick of an SEC West race that is literally eating itself alive. By beating the No. 5 Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1), the Tigers could start a domino effect of two-loss teams in the country’s best division. They’d also have a glimmer of hope in the playoff race that once seemed unattainable.For Alabama, win out and the Tide are headed to the SEC championship game and the playoff. Lose and Alabama likely slips below Ole Miss in the rankings (lost head-to-head) and is stuck in a pit of two-loss West teams with games against No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 3 Auburn approaching."

Y’know, in case you didn’t know what EVERY game in this series means.

Alabama, LSU to start once-overlooked quarterbacks (Chattanooga Times Free-Press)

"Remember this past summer? Who could deny the intrigue of this year’s quarterback matchup of LSU freshman Brandon Harris and Alabama transfer Jacob Coker?Oops. Check that.July and August assumptions will not apply Saturday night in Baton Rouge, as the quarterbacks whom most figured to factor into this game will be on the sidelines. Instead, it will be sophomore Anthony Jennings guiding LSU’s 14th-ranked Tigers and fifth-year senior Blake Sims directing the No. 4 Crimson Tide."

It will be interesting to see which quarterback rally steps up. Initially, it looks to be in LSU’s favor with the home-field advantage and given Coker’s record on the road this season.

Alabama LT Cam Robinson cleared to play at LSU 2 weeks after high-ankle sprain (AL.com)

"Two weeks after going down with a high-ankle sprain, Alabama’s left tackle is back in action.“Doc gave him an examination yesterday after practice and cleared him to play in the game,” Saban said on his Thursday-night radio show. “He practiced the whole time today.”"

He’s still day-to-day and may not play the entire game due to safety concerns, but having Cam Robinson is a huge boost.

Volleyball Heads to Gainesville to Take on No.7 Florida Friday (RollTide.com)

"On Friday, Nov. 7, Alabama (19-5, 7-3 SEC) will face its second-straight ranked opponent, as the Crimson Tide head to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the seventh ranked Florida Gators (18-3, 12-0 SEC) at 6 p.m. CT."

Big game tonight for Volleyball as the Crimson Tide took down the Texas A&M Aggies last weekend.

Takeaways From Nick Saban On ‘Hey Coach’ (Bama Hammer)

"Saban noted during the show that if the Tide would have had a game his past weekend, three or four players would have missed it. Most notable would have probably been running back T.J. Yeldon and left tackle Cameron Robinson. Yeldon sat out last week during practice because of an ankle injury and Robinson suffered a high ankle sprain against Tennessee. Yeldon has been practicing this week and will be ready to go and Saban announced during the show that Robinson had been cleared by the medical staff on Wednesday. It sounds like Robinson will go as well."

A good breakdown on  Nick Saban’s comments from his weekly radio show from our own Chris Hale.