Morning Kickoff: Crimson Tide News 11/30

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Well, we had some type of sporting event yesterday and the outcome of it was pleasing to me. Roll Tide!

Tide prove they’re a perfect No. 1 in flawed contender group

"As Alabama overcame one mistake after another Saturday night and avenged its Kick Six loss by beating No. 15 Auburn 55-44, it became clear how the College Football Playoff selection committee could determine the Crimson Tide is the best in the country.In the year of the flawed, Alabama might be the ideal No. 1. It’s a team that gives up 630 yards — and wins. It’s a team that turns the ball over three times — and wins. It’s a team that spots its archrival a 12-point lead, dominates the fourth quarter — and wins."

Man, what a game. In a group of teams that all have blemishes to their records as well as some weaknesses, this is spot on.

Forgotten coach, QB make Iron Bowl memorable for Alabama

"Minutes after Alabama moved one step closer to winning the SEC and advancing to the College Football Playoff, Kiffin jogged off the field and into the tunnel, not one delirious fan acknowledging him as he tossed his visor into the stands.Sims ran through the same tunnel soon after, those same fans beside themselves for the player who saved Alabama’s season and returned the favor to hated Auburn. It wasn’t T.J. Yeldon, the talented tailback who Saban had to motivate and massage at the same time to keep him happy with the emergence of Derrick Henry.It wasn’t Saban’s defense, which despite giving up a school-record 630 yards to Auburn, found a way to make big stops in the fourth quarter. The same unit that Saban has been tweaking and re-tweaking all season, trying to find the right combination in the now offense-heavy SEC.It was the coach no one wanted and the player everyone forgot about.“This wasn’t about last year,” Sims said. “We’re more excited about seeing where we can go this season.”It doesn’t go anywhere without Sims and Kiffin. Who would’ve imagined that this time last year?Nothing can top that. Not in three forevers."

Not too many articles about can give me goose bumps but this one did. Some writers have the ability with words and this one did it for me. Happy for Blake, Kiffin, and the whole team.

More from Bama Hammer

Alabama recruits, including nation’s top RB Damien Harris, react to Iron Bowl

"Several of the nation’s top recruits were on hand to see Alabama beat Auburn 55-44 in the Iron Bowl.Some were on official visits – including 5-star running back Damien Harris from Berea, Ky. Others on official visits included Crimson Tide commits Blake Barnett (QB), Ronnie Harrison (DB) and Minkah Fitzpatrick (DB) and Mechanicsville, Va., uncommitted linebacker Ricky DeBerry."

Lots of reaction from some of the nation’s top prospects that were in attendance for the game.

Alabama, Oregon rise above the rest

"Did we just watch the two best teams in the country Saturday night?During a season in which no team seems overly dominant, and choosing the four teams for the inaugural College Football Playoff is becoming as arduous as finding good Notre Dame highlights, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon look like the best. The better question might be which order you put them in.In their final regular-season games, No. 2 Oregon made it look easy while cruising to a 47-19 victory at Oregon State in the Civil War, while No. 1 Alabama made it a little more difficult on itself in a 55-44 win over No. 15 Auburn in the highest-scoring Iron Bowl in history.In the year of the flawed, Alabama might be the ideal No. 1. It’s a team that gives up 630 yards — and wins. It’s a team that turns over the ball three times — and wins. It’s a team that spots its archrival a 12-point lead, dominates the fourth quarter — and wins.Considering the mess that transpired below them this weekend, the Crimson Tide and Ducks have to be happy just to have survived Rivalry Week."

I know getting through this week is a load off of my mind. Now, it’s time to get ready for Missouri in Atlanta.

Volleyball Earns 25th Win to Set a New Single Season School Record

"With a school record on the line, Alabama made quick work of Tennessee Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale as the Crimson Tide swept the Volunteers, 3-0, to set a new school record with 25 wins this season.Alabama (25-7, 13-5 SEC) wrapped up its regular season in style, setting a new school record for wins in a single season at home on senior day, as the Tide honored its two seniors Katherine White and Caitlin Bernardin. The previous school record of 24 was originally set in 1995 and was matched last season. The 49 combined wins from this season and last season are already the most in any two-year span in school history."