Morning Kickoff: Crimson Tide News 11/29 (Beat Auburn Edition)


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College Football’s Rivalry Weekend: An Iron Bowl Can’t Contain the Hate

"It’s rivalry weekend in college football, and it might be the best time to tune in to the sport even if you don’t otherwise care, because these fascinating little class metaphors will play out all over the country. The Iron Bowl is one of the archetypal rivalry setups in college football, an agricultural institution versus a prestigious university, a farm college versus a society school. But even if your rivalry of choice doesn’t fit that particular template, it still adheres to the general principles: There is one school that regards itself as more privileged than the other, and there is one school with a perpetual chip on its shoulder."

It’s the best weekend of the regular season. Rivalry week. Time to tee it up with the in-state rival and see who has bragging rights for the year. The Tide has a bit more incentive to play for with a trip to Atlanta on the line. If Mississippi State were to lose earlier in the day, the Tide’s ticket to Atlanta will already be punched before kickoff.

Alabama football: Tide knows exactly what winning, losing Iron Bowl can do to a season

"Other college football rivalries may claim to be the best in the sport, but none boasts the recent national success of the Iron Bowl.For the last five seasons, the winner of the Alabama-Auburn game has gone on to play for the national championship, winning the title in four of the five tries.Unlike last season, only Alabama still has a shot of making the title game this time. Saturday’s contest between No. 1 Alabama and No. 15 Auburn may not have the same winner-take-all feel as it did in 2013, but the stakes will still be high when the two battle for the 79th time."

You can bet that our neighbors won’t just hand us the win. Auburn has one thing on their mind: Spoil the Tide’s season.

Tide preparing to stop Tiger QB Nick Marshall

"Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall received nothing but praise and respect during Nick Saban’s press conferences and Alabama’s player interviews this week. It was almost like a broken record, with Saban and the players noting his athleticism and ability to attack defenses with both his arm and legs.Last season, Marshall helped lead the Tigers to an improbable victory in the Iron Bowl. He combined for 196 yards of total offense (97 passing, 99 rushing) and scored three touchdowns, with a 45-yard run in the fourth quarter and two, clutch passes in the second half.This year, however, the plan for the Crimson Tide is to stop Marshall from making big plays – or seeing any success at all on the field. And the key, according to senior safety Nick Perry, is containment."

Containment is the key word. Keep him in the pocket and force him to beat you with his arm.

Alabama broadcasting legend to retire, Iron Bowl will be final home game

"Senior Day festivities will extend beyond the playing field Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium.While 24 players will see their last action at home, longtime University of Alabama broadcaster Tom Roberts will share the experience. It will be his last time in the home of Alabama football as the radio and television veteran will retire in January."

A legend will have his last game at home today for the Iron Bowl. Thanks for all the years, Mr. Roberts.

Volleyball to Honor Seniors in Regular Season Finale Saturday Against Tennessee

"Alabama (24-7, 12-5 SEC) will wrap up the regular season portion of the schedule on Saturday, Nov. 29, hosting Tennessee (8-23, 1-16 SEC) for a 1 p.m. CT matchup in Foster Auditorium."