Touchdown Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com Alabama's Premier Football Website Mon, 11 Nov 2019 23:13:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 135213907 Notes from UA’s first practice in gearing up for Mississippi State https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/11/notes-from-uas-first-practice-in-gearing-up-for-mississippi-state/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 23:13:33 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70125 In 65-degree conditions with rain possibly nearby, Nick Saban had Alabama football practicing outdoors. The Crimson Tide is coming off a tough, 46-41 loss at the hands of LSU. Despite the setback, players feel as if the season is not over and the focus has shifted to Mississippi State. During his presser on Monday and […]]]>

In 65-degree conditions with rain possibly nearby, Nick Saban had Alabama football practicing outdoors.

The Crimson Tide is coming off a tough, 46-41 loss at the hands of LSU. Despite the setback, players feel as if the season is not over and the focus has shifted to Mississippi State. During his presser on Monday and in the locker room on last week, Saban challenged the team to finish the season the way it needs to. The Bulldogs have always given the Tide a physical battle each year and nothing short of it will be expected once again.

RELATED: WATCH: Alabama players recap loss to LSU, but still believe the season is not over

Listed below are a couple of notes from a short viewing period of practice.

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WATCH: Alabama players recap loss to LSU, but still believe the season is not over https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/11/watch-alabama-players-recap-loss-to-lsu-but-still-believe-the-season-is-not-over/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:01:49 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70116 Last week ended in disappointment for Alabama football. Despite all that went wrong, it had a chance to defeat LSU at the end. The Crimson Tide could not get a defensive stop and the offense’s heroic comeback — led by Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback — fell just short. After a 46-41 loss, Nick Saban blamed […]]]>

Last week ended in disappointment for Alabama football.

Despite all that went wrong, it had a chance to defeat LSU at the end. The Crimson Tide could not get a defensive stop and the offense’s heroic comeback — led by Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback — fell just short.

After a 46-41 loss, Nick Saban blamed himself and many players did not want to address reporters after the game.

On Monday, a quartet of student-athletes followed Saban’s presser and gave their thoughts from the matchup.

The group of Najee Harris, DeVonta Smith, Patrick Surtain II and Raekwon Davis all gave LSU credit; however, they felt like the attention to details and focus was not there on the Tide’s end.

RELATED: Ed Orgeron addresses his locker room speech video: “Wish that wouldn’t happen”

Even with this, Alabama has quickly turned its attention to Mississippi State.

During Saban’s tenure, the Bulldogs have always served as a trap game for the Crimson Tide — seeing how the program always plays physical in the month of November.

Huge personalities in national media got what they wanted last week, but Alabama is prepared to pick up the pieces and move forward. Listed below are all four interviews from the players.

 

Najee Harris

 

DeVonta Smith

 

Patrick Surtain II

 

Raekwon Davis

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Ed Orgeron addresses his locker room speech video: “Wish that wouldn’t happen” https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/11/ed-orgeron-addresses-his-locker-room-speech-video-wish-that-wouldnt-happen/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:07:48 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70109 During his Monday press conference, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron discussed the locker room speech he gave to his team where he used colorful language when talking about Alabama. “We’re gonna beat their (explicit) in recruiting, we’re gonna beat their (explicit) every time they see us,” Orgeron said following Saturday’s 46-41 victory. “You understand that? […]]]>

During his Monday press conference, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron discussed the locker room speech he gave to his team where he used colorful language when talking about Alabama.

“We’re gonna beat their (explicit) in recruiting, we’re gonna beat their (explicit) every time they see us,” Orgeron said following Saturday’s 46-41 victory. “You understand that? Roll Tide what? (Explicit) you.”

Today the head coach took to the media to talk about the video which was tweeted out by one of his players.

RELATED: Ed Orgeron gives profanity filled speech following win over Alabama

“Wish that wouldn’t happen,” said Orgeron. “That shouldn’t happen. I addressed the player that did it. He felt bad about it. They’re so used to having those phones on them all the time. We have pregame meal and I say, ‘Can you turn your phones off just a little bit so we can say prayer?’ And we say the prayer and boom, they’re back on their phones.

” I think that’s just the product of today. Everybody carries their phone on them all the time. I don’t think it was done with malintent or nothing like that. I addressed it with the young man and I don’t think it’s gonna happen again.”

Orgeron’s comments were met with thunderous criticism from Alabama fans with the consensus being that he didn’t show respect to the team. He was then asked directly about the specifics of his speech and the head coach laid out the emotional moment he had with the team.

“The things that I say outside the media, those are the things I want to get out,” Orgeron said. “If I wanted that to get out, I would have said it outside. You get emotional. When you talk to your team, it’s your family. Just like we all talk to our family. We all talk around the dinner table, we say some things that outside the family we don’t say.

“It was no means to hurt anybody or nothing like that. It was just a fiery moment, a very emotional moment with our team. That’s all that was.”

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This is Alabama’s path to the College Football Playoff https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/11/this-is-alabamas-path-to-the-college-football-playoff/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:36:56 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70100 Everything has seemed to have been working against Alabama all season long. From losing key players to injury, freshmen getting asked to learn on the fly and now losing its biggest game of the regular season to LSU at home it may be easy for some to brush off this team and look towards next […]]]>

Everything has seemed to have been working against Alabama all season long. From losing key players to injury, freshmen getting asked to learn on the fly and now losing its biggest game of the regular season to LSU at home it may be easy for some to brush off this team and look towards next season.

But Alabama fans should not give up yet for there is a chance that Nick Saban’s team will have a lot to play for down the stretch. Perhaps even a chance at making another return to the College Football Playoff.

RELATED: LSU players walk over to tide recruits after win

As unlikely as it may sound, and it will surely require a fair share of outside help, there is a shot nonetheless where Alabama finds it’s way back into the top four and competing for a title.

1. Oregon and Utah must implode

Although the committee has shown little respect towards the Pac-12 in the past, this season there are two legit teams with a shot to get in. With both schools ranked at six and seven along with the loss to Penn State, if there is a one-loss champion of this conference they will surely have a great chance to get it. But the west coast batch has gotten looked over in the past for a reason and it’s because of the number of bad teams that find ways to win. All season long the conference has seen teams like UCLA, USC and Arizona State steal victories from the higher-ranked teams in the conference.

What Alabama should hope for is for Oregon to drop its game at Arizona State on Nov. 23 since that will be its hardest game remaining in the regular season. Following that the Ducks would have to beat Utah in the Pac-12 championship giving the conference a two-loss champion. In other words, they will be eliminated from contention.

2. Oklahoma loses at Baylor but beats them in the Big 12 Championship

Jalen Hurts has been one of the best stories college football has had in recent memory. But the former Alabama quarterback will have to drop another game in order to help out his old teammates. Oklahoma has had a lot of close calls recently even almost losing last Saturday to Iowa State which came down to the last play of the game. So when the Sooners travel to McLane Stadium next Saturday, they may be in for quite a tough game. Despite Baylor having some close calls themselves over the last two games, the Crimson Tide will hope for the Bears to step things up a notch when Lincoln Riley brings his team to town.

With Baylor beating Oklahoma in the regular season, that will give them two losses on the season essentially eliminating them from playoff contention. But they’d need to quickly bounce back for the title game and beat the undefeated Bears on a neutral site. Even in Baylor has one loss, the committee will likely not be in favor of putting in a team who just lost in their conference championship.

3. LSU and Ohio State both win their conferences by wide margins

Ohio State destroying Minnesota in the Big Ten championship will only thwart the idea that they deserve a chance at being ranked ahead of Alabama at all this season. Especially the way the Gophers beat Penn State last Saturday, it’d prove that there is a significant gap between the elite teams and the rest of the pack. LSU blowing out the rest of the SEC will show the committee that Alabama is still among the best in the country because of how close their game was. Sure the Tigers led the entire game but the list of the Crimson Tide’s self-inflicted wounds throughout the game was just as impactful as Joe Burrow’s play. Having a loss be the best part of your resume isn’t ideal, but it’s what Alabama has to work with and will need to own it.

4. Alabama wins out convincingly

No more letting up 200-yard rushing games, no more letting up 30 points to unranked teams. Alabama must take care of business against the rest of the teams on its schedule. Especially at Mississippi State and Auburn. Both will be hostile environments and can not be slept on now that things may be looking grim for the tide. Auburn will likely end up being Alabama’s best win should that happen and will also help fend off the Oregon Ducks since their loss came at the hands of Bo Nix and Gus Malzahn. Adding a big win at Auburn may even be enough to hold off even a one-loss Pac-12 champion Oregon but it wouldn’t be favorable to roll the dice on that.

BONUS: Auburn beats Georgia on Saturday

It’d help Alabama greatly if it was to get even more help from it’s greatest rival. The more impressive of a resume Auburn comes into the Iron Bowl with, the more it can help the tide if they can pull out a big win. Georgia has already shown to have struggled to put up points and have looked vulnerable to the point where they lost a game at home to South Carolina. Auburn has proven to be much better than the Gamecocks, even holding LSU to 23 points on the road.

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Alabama continues to stand strong with 5-Star DE, Tunmise Adeleye https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/11/alabama-continues-to-stand-strong-with-5-star-de-tunmise-adeleye/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 15:33:52 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70086 5-Star defensive end, Tunmise Adeleye, took his first game visit to Alabama on Saturday and the 5-Star said he could not envision it going any better. Adeleye is a product of Tompkins High School in Katy, Texas. The Tide have recruited him very heavily in their 2021 recruiting class and see him as a priority. […]]]>

5-Star defensive end, Tunmise Adeleye, took his first game visit to Alabama on Saturday and the 5-Star said he could not envision it going any better.

Adeleye is a product of Tompkins High School in Katy, Texas. The Tide have recruited him very heavily in their 2021 recruiting class and see him as a priority.

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Alabama shot itself against LSU, but what if those plays did not happen https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/11/alabama-shot-itself-against-lsu-but-what-if-those-plays-did-not-happen/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 15:21:46 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70088 We are in a new week and cannot take back the loss that happened, but fans of Alabama football still wonder about certain plays versus LSU that could have been avoided.  Credit the Tigers’ coaching staff, Joe Burrow, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and its defense for showing more desire than the Crimson Tide did; nevertheless, Alabama did […]]]>

We are in a new week and cannot take back the loss that happened, but fans of Alabama football still wonder about certain plays versus LSU that could have been avoided. 

Credit the Tigers’ coaching staff, Joe Burrow, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and its defense for showing more desire than the Crimson Tide did; nevertheless, Alabama did hand the Bayou Bengals some opportunities.

Even with living in a world of here and now, those who were overwhelmed by the loss can’t help but to think on ‘what if’ certain things did not happen. 

It was a collective defeat for the Tide at home, but yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine recalls six things that contributed to the letdown. Should these not have occurred, the matchup probably would have had a different result.

RELATED: WATCH: LSU players walk over to Tide recruits after win

Listed below are the six ‘what ifs’ from last week. 

1. Tua Tagovailoa’s fumble 

One has to respect Tagovailoa for wanting to play in this game. 

He did not have to – seeing how he was returning from surgery – but Alabama would have seized early momentum in the game, if he does not fumble the ball. LSU won the coin toss, yet chose to defer its option to the second half.

Offensively, the Tide quickly drove the ball inside LSU’s 20-yard in three plays. The crowd is now more into the game, as Alabama stretched the ball inside the 10-yard line. On third down, Tagovailoa finds himself in mid thought to either run or pass.

In switching the ball to his off hand, he fumbles it and the Tigers recover. It would proceed to record a touchdown on its first offensive possession. If not for the fumble, the Tide could have at least registered three points. Instead, the turnover started a game of mental errors and mistakes that forced it to play from behind.

2. Ty Perine’s mishandled snap on a punt 

Perine has been great for the team since the Tennessee game.

He was averaging 47 yards per punt and was becoming a fan favorite. The Prattville (Ala.) native is still a hot commodity, but he would love to have his first attempt back versus LSU. He took his eyes off the snap and it led to a mishandled play that resulted in the Tigers gaining a short field. Alabama’s defense doesn’t allow a touchdown, but Cade York does convert on a field goal. If he handled the ball well, Perine probably pins LSU’s offense in its own 20-yard line and forces it to drive the length of the field. The error led to a free scoring drive, a 10-0 early deficit for Alabama, and more confidence for Burrow and company.

3. The interception that never happen for Trevon Diggs 

He might want to put this game inside a shredder and delete it. 

Diggs had a painfully difficult time covering Ja’Marr Chase of the Tigers and though he allowed Chase to total 100-plus receiving yards with one touchdown, the senior cornerback almost had one positive moment.

He picked off Burrow in the first quarter and with the Tide trailing, 7-0, it was a huge point at the beginning of the game.

Diggs is about to hold the “Ball Out” turnover belt and the crowd is very excited, but the play did not stand. An illegal substitution foul took away a turnover that would have given Alabama’s offense a short field and a bunch of energy.

Due to the penalty, LSU maintained possession and connected on a field goal. With the turnover being negated, it allowed the Tigers to build on its momentum in the first quarter. If the interception would have remained, it gives Diggs a lot of confidence and he turns in a much better performance.

4. Tagovailoa’s interception before halftime 

This was the play Nick Saban blamed himself for in his postgame presser. 

He could have chosen to run the ball and go into the half with a 26-13 deficit, but he trusted Tagovailoa to make a play. As a result, Patrick Queen of LSU became the third player to intercept a pass off the junior quarterback all season.

The junior linebacker sat on a route, broke in front of the pass and gathered in the second Tagovailoa turnover.

It was part of a 14-point swing for the Tigers, as it took a 20-point lead (33-13) into halftime. 

If the Tide had gone with a run play there, it probably would’ve trailed by 13 – which was the same deficit it was up against in the 2018 College Football Playoff title game to Georgia. Alabama made the switch to Tagovailoa from Jalen Hurts in the second half and would ultimately win the contest, 26-23 in overtime.

5. Thaddeus Moss’ 16-yard catch for LSU (illegal touching) 

It was a simple call, but the officiating crew missed it. 

LSU was up 26-13 late in the second quarter, when Thaddeus Moss was credited with a 16-yard catch.

According to the NCAA rule book, if a receiver steps out of bounds and does not re-establish himself in bounds before making a catch, it is an incomplete pass. 

Moss was clearly out of bounds on the catch and the play was reviewed, yet the referees gave the call to the Tigers. What made this a ‘what if’ moment is that if the call was made in favor of an incompletion, LSU is held to only a field goal.

Whether it makes the field goal or not, Alabama does not go into halftime down by 20 points. Instead, the Tigers are granted the call of a completion and Clyde Edwards-Helaire records a 1-yard touchdown run. His score gave LSU a 33-13 edge and it forced the Tide to attempt to overcome a 20-point deficit.

6. Not getting stops on third down 

It is not the same Alabama defense from recent years; however, fans at least expected a stop on third down.

Numerous moments happened where players either had Burrow sacked, Edwards-Helaire caught in the backfield or a chance to make a simply tackle short of the first down and none of those things happened. Burrow found ways to escape pressure, Edwards-Helaire spun out of tackles and trucked guys over, and LSU’s group of receivers fought for every yard it got. 

Of the variety of third downs it faces, between five and 10 yards was the distance the Tide had to defend.

Quite a few of those situations came in the fourth quarter, but Alabama was unable to get off the field. One stop was the difference between the final result and what could have happened if the Tide’s offense had an opportunity with ample time left.

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WATCH: LSU players walk over to Tide recruits after win https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/11/watch-lsu-players-walk-over-the-tide-recruits-after-win/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:36:47 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70080 There is no secret LSU and Alabama are going to recruit majority of the same players when they hit the recruiting trail, which means any side will look to take an advantage in anyway they can. LSU’s players shot their shot on Saturday after their first win in Tuscaloosa since 2011. A couple of Tigers […]]]>

There is no secret LSU and Alabama are going to recruit majority of the same players when they hit the recruiting trail, which means any side will look to take an advantage in anyway they can.

LSU’s players shot their shot on Saturday after their first win in Tuscaloosa since 2011. A couple of Tigers went over to the Tide’s recruiting visitor section to tell them LSU is the best place for them.

However, they did receive some push back.

The Tide’s 4-Star wide receiver commit, Traeshon Holden, had to remind LSU’s linebacker, Marcel Brooks, what he told him after the game ended.

LSU will undoubtedly use this win on the recruiting trail, something they have not been able to do after the previous eight games.

 

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Minkah Fitzpatrick headlines Steelers’ four-game winning streak https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/11/minkah-fitzpatrick-headlines-steelers-four-game-winning-streak/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 13:46:06 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70074 In a division known for defense in the National Football League, the Pittsburgh Steelers were missing a centerpiece in its secondary. The addition of Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Miami Dolphins has fans proudly waving the “Terrible Towel” in the steel city of the AFC North.  A former All-American safety at the University of Alabama, Fitzpatrick […]]]>

In a division known for defense in the National Football League, the Pittsburgh Steelers were missing a centerpiece in its secondary.

The addition of Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Miami Dolphins has fans proudly waving the “Terrible Towel” in the steel city of the AFC North. 

A former All-American safety at the University of Alabama, Fitzpatrick has solidified a group that’s currently on a four-game winning streak.

Despite having a young quarterback in Mason Rudolph filling in for Ben Roethlisberger, the defense is carrying both he and the franchise. 

RELATED: Derrick Henry ran angry as Titans upset the Chiefs

Fitzpatrick took on Jared Goff, Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday and limited the high-powered offense to 12 points. He collected one of Goff’s two interceptions, while totaling four tackles, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 17-12 victory. The New Jersey native has guided the Steelers to a 5-4 record and if the NFL playoffs started now, it would be sixth and final seed in the AFC heading into action. 

Fitzpatrick has been masterful with his new team — chiming in with 34 total tackles, five interceptions, eight pass breakups and two scores.

He was a critical piece two a pair of College Football Playoff National Championships (2015, 2017) at Alabama, and he would love nothing more than to capture a Super Bowl at some point.

After seeing it miss the postseason last year, Fitzpatrick is trying to guide Pittsburgh back to the big stage.

Should he keep performing like this, we may see him crack the NFL’s Top 100 Players list pretty soon.

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Breaking: Injured DE LaBryan Ray expected to miss the rest of the season https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/10/breaking-injured-de-labryan-ray-expected-to-miss-the-rest-of-the-season/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 01:18:24 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70070 According to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, Alabama’s junior defensive end LaBryan Ray is expected to miss the rest of the 2019 season and is questionable for a postseason return. Ray who suffered a foot injury in mid-September, was originally supposed to miss around six weeks when originally diagnosed. “I would say that LaBryan Ray is probably […]]]>

According to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, Alabama’s junior defensive end LaBryan Ray is expected to miss the rest of the 2019 season and is questionable for a postseason return. Ray who suffered a foot injury in mid-September, was originally supposed to miss around six weeks when originally diagnosed.

“I would say that LaBryan Ray is probably going to be out for at least six weeks,” Nick Saban said on Sept.  18. “And then it will be, you know, how he is responding to treatment and therapy and all that type of thing. I’m not saying he’s going to be back playing in six weeks. I’m just saying. I know he’ll be six weeks before we can even start back to doing things. So we’ll just have to see how he responds.”

RELATED: Alabama still can’t seem to figure things out on defense

Ray, who originally injured his foot during the South Carolina game, was a starter for the Crimson Tide defense and expected to be an impact player in 2019.

In three games Ray accumulated nine tackles, one sack and a forced fumble.

Alabama has now lost three key defensive starters for the season due to injury as Ray now joins linebackers Dylan Moses and Joshua McMillon. Five-star freshman running back Trey Sanders is also out for the season due to injury as the Crimson Tide has definitely gotten bit by the bug.

Moses, however, was seen dressed in full pads during Alabama’s game against LSU but there has been no update on his status.

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The recipe Chef Saban uses to get in the playoffs for Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/10/the-recipe-chef-saban-uses-to-get-in-the-playoffs-for-alabama/ https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/10/the-recipe-chef-saban-uses-to-get-in-the-playoffs-for-alabama/#respond Mon, 11 Nov 2019 01:00:09 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70025 Alabama somehow managed to get in the playoffs and win it all after suffering one loss during the season and here's the recipe it needs to follow to do it again.]]>

Somehow Nick Saban has gotten Alabama into the playoffs and won it all four out of five times with a loss before the big game. Each year the recipe varies. Sometimes it’s taken chaos on other teams and sometimes an outstandingly lucky break, like the Arkansas backward lateral  against Miss. State to get them in the SEC Championship. Each year it’s taken different things to get Alabama in the playoffs.

So what will Chef Saban cook up this year to get his team in the playoffs? Well we think we have the winning recipe and see if you agree.

The first thing is to remind the committee that the voters of the AP poll and the Coaches Poll can’t be all wrong and that Alabama is truly, the fourth best team in the nation. But as the weeks go by, things can happen that may influence these other polls and he can’t count on those polls because they really have no influence to the committee. So Saban won’t rely on just letting things happen, he’ll come up with a recipe of his own to insure he makes it in the playoffs and this is the recipe he just may follow.

One part resting Tua during the Mississippi State game and maybe even the Western Carolina game. Let’s face facts, Tua is once again going to be a bridesmaid at the Heisman ceremonies once again this year and everyone with a brain knows that Mac Jones can put up gaudy numbers on poor Miss. State and Western Carolina. There’s no need to play Tua in games where it won’t win him a Heisman. That boat has sailed, Burrows won it on Saturday night and everyone should just accept that.

This does two things. It reconfirms in the selection committee’s minds that Tua was not well in the LSU game and with a healthy Tua, he wouldn’t have fumbled in the red zone, thrown those picks and it would have been a different game against the number one team in the country.

Secondly it does rest him to be his best against Auburn and mark my words, he’ll have to be at his best against that defense.

Then add one part destroying Auburn at their house. Alabama has not fared so well in beating the Tigers in their own den, but they must do this for two reasons. First it will show that with a healthy Tua, the Tide truly is one of the best teams in the nation. Secondly destroying the team that defeated a one loss Oregon will diminish their eye test with the committee and place Alabama higher than Oregon.

Add one part chaos. Maybe USC defeats a one loss PAC 10 leader in the PAC 10 Championship. That would eliminate anyone from that the PAC 10 from any reasonable voter.

Maybe Oklahoma and Texas will beat Baylor and then Baylor defeat Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship leaving everyone there with two losses.

And for the last ingredient, have LSU kill Georgia in the SEC Championship. That will re-enforce the notion that Bama’s close loss was truly against the best team in the nation.

There’s the recipe now you just have to bake in the back room of the committee and let Bama’s history, prestige and eye test simmer in the minds of the voters and voila! You’ve created the dish that gets Bama back in the playoff picture and deservedly so and Nick Saban makes Martha Stewart look like a Waffle House grill cook with this dish and this recipe.

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Derrick Henry ran angry as Titans upset the Chiefs https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/10/derrick-henry-ran-angry-as-titans-upset-the-chiefs/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 22:58:16 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70063 Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry decided to play spoiler for the return of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Titans have had quite the up and down season so far even getting to the point of benching quarterback Marcus Mariota. But Henry has been one of the team’s most consistent players and showed […]]]>

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry decided to play spoiler for the return of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Titans have had quite the up and down season so far even getting to the point of benching quarterback Marcus Mariota. But Henry has been one of the team’s most consistent players and showed it today.

Henry finished the game with 23 carries for 188 yards and two touchdowns as he embarrassed the Kansas City defense all afternoon.

RELATED: Does Alabama’s AP and Coaches Poll ranking mean anything for the CFP?

The Tennesee offensive line was also a huge factor in Henry’s success as he could have driven SUV’s through some of the holes he went through. But just like his days at Alabama Henry had a number of big physical runs, carrying defenders on his back and picking up extra yards as well.

Another former member of the Crimson Tide also got in on the action for the Titans. Linebacker Rashaan Evans had a scoop and score for Tennessee in the second quarter to help them take the lead.

Evans finished the game with seven tackles, two for loss and a sack.

With Henry’s big game and a blocked field goal to end the game, the Titans defeated the Chiefs 35-32.

The Titans gameplan was clear from the beginning, feed Henry the football and try to make the holes as big as possible. Since the team shifted to quarterback Ryan Tannehill the team Mike Vrabel is building his offense more around the run game and for good reason.

On the season Henry has rushed for 832 yards and eight touchdowns and is on pace to set career highs in both categories after last season’s big finish.

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Alabama ranked No. 4 in the AP and Coaches Poll, does this mean anything for the CFP? https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/10/alabama-ranked-no-4-in-the-ap-and-coaches-poll-does-this-mean-anything-for-the-cfp/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 22:03:59 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70057 Alabama’s loss to LSU was a tough one for the fans of the Crimson Tide but after the clock struck zero it appeared as if Nick Saban’s team had still gained the respect of the coaches poll and AP voters. After entering the game ranked number one in both of the polls, Alabama now sits […]]]>

Alabama’s loss to LSU was a tough one for the fans of the Crimson Tide but after the clock struck zero it appeared as if Nick Saban’s team had still gained the respect of the coaches poll and AP voters.

After entering the game ranked number one in both of the polls, Alabama now sits at number four in both showing that both parties still believe they are among the best four teams in the country.

RELATED: Tua Tagovailoa gave UA every chance to win, but it came up short vs. LSU

AP Poll:

1. LSU

2. Ohio State

3. Clemson

4. Alabama

5. Georgia

6. Oregon

7. Minnesota

8. Utah

9. Penn State

10. Oklahoma

Coaches Poll

1. LSU

2. Ohio State

3. Clemson

4. Alabama

5. Georgia

6. Oregon

7. Minnesota

8. Oklahoma

9. Utah

10. Baylor

With Alabama coming in at number four in both of the polls does this have any impact on their College Football Playoff ranking?

Perhaps.

In last Tuesday’s rankings, the Crimson Tide came in at No. 3 in the country behind LSU and Ohio State. According to the committee Alabama was placed there essentially only based on eye test since their previous schedule wasn’t that impressive. So after playing a top-three team before the next rankings the eye test again will likely play a big factor in where the Crimson Tide will fall. Which in the grand scheme of things may work in their favor.

When taking a closer look at the LSU loss, Alabama had a number of self-inflicted errors which turned out to be huge point swings in the game. Tua Tagovailoa with a fluke fumble in the red zone cost Alabama at least three points. Tagovailoa’s interception before halftime led to a touchdown by LSU and Ty Perine mishandling a snap led to an LSU field goal.

Those three plays result in at least a 13 point swing and Alabama only lost the game by five.

Whether the committee takes that into account is up to them but the other ranking systems in college football still believe Alabama should have a chance

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Mark Ingram blames President Trump for Alabama’s loss to LSU https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/10/mark-ingram-blames-president-trump-for-alabamas-loss-to-lsu/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 22:00:26 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70058 The blame game is always fun after an Alabama loss.  While some point fingers at Nick Saban, Tua Tagovailoa and Crimson Tide’s defense for its home loss to LSU on last week, a former standout took a different route.  Mark Ingram, who played running back for the Tide from 2008-10, blamed President Donald Trump for Alabama’s […]]]>

The blame game is always fun after an Alabama loss. 

While some point fingers at Nick Saban, Tua Tagovailoa and Crimson Tide’s defense for its home loss to LSU on last week, a former standout took a different route. 

Mark Ingram, who played running back for the Tide from 2008-10, blamed President Donald Trump for Alabama’s latest misfortune. The 45th commander-in-chief of the United States of America decided he would take in a sporting event and Alabama-LSU was the one for him. 

To support Ingram’s point, the Tide moved the ball well offensively in the first drive – until a timeout was taking to pay homage to Trump. Upon returning to action, Alabama turned the ball over inside LSU’s 10-yard and the run of bad plays went from there. Tagovailoa and company would eventually turn the game into a prize fight; however, the Tigers were too much to overcome. 

RELATED: Tua Tagovailoa emptied the tank for UA versus LSU and earned more respect from fans

Alabama fell, 46-41, for its first loss of the year. 

It takes on Mississippi State this week.

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Tua Tagovailoa emptied the tank for UA versus LSU and earned more respect from fans https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/10/tua-tagovailoa-emptied-the-tank-for-ua-versus-lsu-and-earned-more-respect-from-fans/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 21:00:59 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70054 Joe Burrow of LSU may get the Heisman and the attention that comes with it, but Alabama fans are not concerned about it. Despite the scenarios needed to get back into the College Football Playoff conversations, Crimson Tide supporters it has a quarterback that loves his team.  Tua Tagovailoa had many thoughts running through his mind […]]]>

Joe Burrow of LSU may get the Heisman and the attention that comes with it, but Alabama fans are not concerned about it. Despite the scenarios needed to get back into the College Football Playoff conversations, Crimson Tide supporters it has a quarterback that loves his team. 

Tua Tagovailoa had many thoughts running through his mind last week. 

Whether it was his NFL Draft stock, losing a fumble on the Tide’s first possession or tossing his third interception of the year before halftime, the junior quarterback could have easily chosen to not play against the Tigers or throw in the towel – upon the team trailing by 20 (33-13) at halftime. 

RELATED: Miami Dolphins send GM and multiple scouts to Alabama vs. LSU game

He was coming off ankle surgery, yet he still wanted to play. 

Even with him missing some practice time, the “warrior mentality” inside Tagovailoa did everything possible to help him prepare for the game. He went through intense rehab and regardless of him not being 100 percent, the drive of the native Hawaiian pushed him onto Bryant-Denny Stadium and he gave a performance that almost delivered a historic victory. 

Despite a rough first half, he turned the second half into a heavyweight prize fight. 

Behind the former five-star, Alabama’s offense had an answer for each LSU touchdown, as Tagovailoa gutted his way to 418 passing yards with four scores. His 5-yard strike to Jerry Jeudy in the fourth quarter cut the deficit to five, while his 85-yard hook up to DeVonta Smith with 1:21 remaining provided fans hope. He endured surgery, rehab and a pesky Tiger defense; however, he still gave the Tide a chance to snatch the game. Toughness is one trait that general managers and coaches look for in the National Football League and Tagovailoa has it in spades. 

Having a 46-41 loss hurts, he had a lot of fight in him and should the Tide return to the CFP discussion – this game becomes a huge feather in its cap for battling through adversity. 

The coaching staff could have gone with Mac Jones, but Tagovailoa wanted the moment and fans can be nothing but proud of his grit.  

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Miami Dolphins send GM and multiple scouts to Alabama vs. LSU game https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/10/miami-dolphins-send-multiple-scouts-to-alabama-vs-lsu-game/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 19:18:41 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70050 During Alabama’s game against LSU on Saturday there were many people of importance in attendance. From the President of the United States to former Alabama graduates were all on hand to witness the two heavyweights trade punches. But perhaps the most impactful of the attendees were the large number of NFL scouts seeing who they […]]]>

During Alabama’s game against LSU on Saturday there were many people of importance in attendance. From the President of the United States to former Alabama graduates were all on hand to witness the two heavyweights trade punches. But perhaps the most impactful of the attendees were the large number of NFL scouts seeing who they may pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

It was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Miami Dolphins had general manager Chris Grier and two other scouts attend the game which was the most represented NFL franchise at the game. 17 NFL teams went to the game with a total of 25 representatives.

RELATED: Alabama still can’t seem to figure things out on defense

Miami’s fanbase has adopted the phrase “Tank for Tua” and judging by the number of members from the team there may be some truth to that after all. A hobbled Tagovailoa was still able to perform admirably for his potential new home as he passed for 418 yards and four touchdowns.

Schefter also reported that Grier was also evaluating LSU quarterback Joe Burrow who looked every bit a number one pick as well passing for 393 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Tigers to a 46-41 win.

The Dolphins are one of the teams in a unique situation as they will have two first-round picks after trading former Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although the Pittsburgh pick looks to be closer to a mid-first pick, there was enough talent on both sides of the field to warrant a selection at any point in the first round.

Players like Jerry Jeudy, Terrell Lewis, Justin Jefferson and Grant Delpit will all likely be on the minds of Grier as the first round progresses. But after watching both top quarterbacks perform it seems as if he will have a very difficult decision ahead of himself. And there may not be a wrong pick.

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Alabama still can’t seem to figure things out on defense https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/10/alabama-still-cant-seem-to-figure-things-out-on-defense/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 16:43:03 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70036 Every college football team has flaws. Whether it’s inexperience, injuries or lack of talent on your roster, there are always ways for other teams to exploit you throughout a game or season. But Alabama’s is a bit different, the one gash in its armor in 2019 has been on the defensive side of the football. […]]]>

Every college football team has flaws. Whether it’s inexperience, injuries or lack of talent on your roster, there are always ways for other teams to exploit you throughout a game or season. But Alabama’s is a bit different, the one gash in its armor in 2019 has been on the defensive side of the football. What makes this peculiar is the fact that great defense has been the calling card for this football program for the last decade.

Just like any team, there are probably three ways an entire unit can struggle for a team. Inexperience, injuries or lack of talent (sound familiar?).

Lack of talent is a bit of a stretch for Alabama teams. Nearly every player on the defense is a four-star recruit of higher and multiple will be playing on Sunday’s come next season. Inexperience and injuries ring home for the Crimson Tide this season as they have four freshmen listed as starters but end up playing about six making a majority of their rotation based around first-year players.

RELATED: Nick Saban on Alabama’s loss to LSU: “I’ll take the blame for that”

Normally these many freshmen who climb the depth chart mountain this early in the season may be a good thing, showing just how well a team recruited. In Alabama’s case though, it has been a necessity due to a bevy of injuries. From both starting middle linebackers Dylan Moses and Joshua McMillon to starting right end LaBryan Ray, the youth of the team has had to do a lot of growing up.

Quickly.

It’s a tough task to ask of first-year defensive coordinator Pete Golding as he has worked directly with both freshman linebackers Shane Lee and Christian Harris who have made steady progress. But as a unit, there are still a ton of issues in coverage and run defense which was exploited against LSU which was not only a hard game for the freshmen but also for the veterans of the team.

LSU entered the game with what was likely the best offense in the country, but with Nick Saban and his team having two weeks to prepare and having the game at home boded well for the Crimson Tide to make a bit of a stand. But that obviously didn’t happen. Right from the get-go the Tigers looked sharp and prepared for whatever Golding through at them.

Quarterback Joe Burrow and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase carved up the middle of the field as the pair connected numerous times to move the chains. The Tigers were 8/15 on third down which helped them dominate the time of possession with them having the football for 34:34 with Alabama having the football for 25:26, over a nine-minute difference.

“We didn’t do a good job tonight on defense at all,” said junior safety Xavier McKinney. “We couldn’t get a stop. We didn’t really do anything well, honestly. We put this game on us… we didn’t play well, we didn’t make tackles, we had a lot of mental errors. A lot of what they did wasn’t because of what they did to score of move the ball. It was because of what we did.”

Despite giving up 46 points, the most ever by a Saban led defense, the Tide did have multiple selves inflicted wounds which helped tip the scales in favor of the Tigers. The team gave up 14 points in the last 30 seconds of the half to put the Tigers up by 20, which also included a busted coverage and a falling Trevon Diggs which led to more scores.

Another area that looked to make an impact was the pass rush which did get to Burrow five times. But between Terrell Lewis, Anfernee Jennings and Raekwon Davis, the three could have had double-digit takedowns for Burrow was able to slip out of their grasp multiple times and make positive plays.

Although the defense showed a lot of heart in the third quarter by holding the Tiger offense to just six points, Burrow continued to find the open man and slip away from Alabama defenders. Burrow also got a ton of help from running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire who played bigger than his 5’8″ stature on Saturday.

The junior tailback ran for 103 yards, caught 9 passes for 77 yards and had four total touchdowns.

But other than Burrow, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the rest of LSU’s talented offense, it may have been the integration of passing coordinator Joe Brady which helped pick Alabama’s defense apart. Ed Orgeron hired Brady this past offseason to essentially change and modernize the Tigers offensive approach and it has clearly worked in their favor.

“I think (Burrow) has a really good handle on what they’re trying to do,” said Saban. “It’s challenging to defend. It utilizes the people that they have. Look, they have no weaknesses on offense. They’ve got a good runner. They got a really good quarterback. They’ve got really good receivers. They’ve got a good offensive line. They’ve got a system and a scheme and they do a really good job executing. I can’t give them enough credit for what they do.”

All things considered, LSU is one of the best teams in the country and has embarrassed nearly every defense they have lined up against this season. But this isn’t just a one-game problem for Alabama’s defense, it has been an entire season kind of problem. This time around they faced a team that was good enough to exploit their weaknesses for 60 minutes. And with just three games left in the season and possibly some bigger games ahead, something is going to have to give.

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Javion Cohen discusses Alabama – LSU, future visit plans to Tuscaloosa https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/10/javion-cohen-discuses-alabama-lsu-future-visit-plans-to-tuscaloosa/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 16:12:13 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70032 4-Star offensive lineman and Auburn commit, Javion Cohen, was one of the many recruits in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Get the BEST Alabama football insider information, message board access, and recruiting coverage today! SIGN UP HERE to unlock our subscriber-only content!* Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith]]>

4-Star offensive lineman and Auburn commit, Javion Cohen, was one of the many recruits in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

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Alabama RB Najee Harris became a man versus LSU https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/10/alabama-rb-najee-harris-became-a-man-versus-lsu/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 15:49:11 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70037 He only took three questions after last week’s matchup, and yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine could understand why. The hurt had gotten to him. For the first time in his career, Najee Harris showed the Alabama fan base how badly he wants to dominate and win games.  He has always been sort of a […]]]>

He only took three questions after last week’s matchup, and yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine could understand why. The hurt had gotten to him. For the first time in his career, Najee Harris showed the Alabama fan base how badly he wants to dominate and win games. 

He has always been sort of a finesse runner with smooth hands out the backfield; however, supporters of the Crimson Tide wanted to see if would ever have a game where he physically desired it more than everyone else on the field. People got their answer last week versus LSU inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, especially with ESPN’s College GameDay, SEC Nation and President Donald Trump in attendance. The message that former Tide legend, Shaun Alexander gave to the young Harris should be injected into the veins of everyone. He played a grown man against the Tigers – fighting for every yard was the catalyst behind an entertaining second half. 

RELATED: Nick Saban attributes UA’s loss versus LSU to lack of balance and miscommunication

After having just 38 rushing yards in the first half, Alabama decided to feature Harris more and the junior running back flipped a switch. He totaled 108 yards with two touchdowns, to provide him with a career-high 146 yards on 19 carries. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder averaged 7.7 yards per rush and had a long run of 31 yards.

A host of National Football League scouts fell to their knees in the third quarter, upon seeing the California native make an insane, acrobatic 15-yard reception from Tua Tagovailoa in the end zone. His draft stock was already increasing after the last few games, but that catch and his overall performance has pushed him up even further. 

Harris collected three catches for 44 yards and one score. 

If the defense could have gotten one stop, he would have been the story of the game. Harris gave everything he had, unfortunately it was not enough. Joe Burrow and the Tigers proved to be too much and earned a 46-41 victory. Hope is still alive for Harris and the Tide for the College Football Playoff, but a few scenarios must fall in line. For now, the focus shifts to Mississippi State. 

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Nick Saban attributes UA’s loss versus LSU to lack of balance and miscommunication https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/10/nick-saban-attributes-uas-loss-versus-lsu-to-lack-of-balance-and-miscommunication/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 14:59:27 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70023 Even when so many things went wrong, Alabama continued to fight.  Nick Saban and this fan base is never one for moral victories, but to cut down a 20-point at halftime versus LSU and coming close to pulling out an incredible win was something.  Despite the strong second half effort, the Crimson Tide fell by […]]]>

Even when so many things went wrong, Alabama continued to fight. 

Nick Saban and this fan base is never one for moral victories, but to cut down a 20-point at halftime versus LSU and coming close to pulling out an incredible win was something. 

Despite the strong second half effort, the Crimson Tide fell by a score of 46-41. 

It first blemish of the season hurts – especially after the first week of College Football Playoff rankings – however, Saban knows how he is going to correct things. During his postgame press conference, he attributed the loss the lack of balance (offense) and miscommunication (defense). 

RELATED: Ed Orgeron gives profanity filled speech following win over Alabama

Alabama had a chance to get points on its first drive of the game, unfortunately a fumble by Tua Tagovailoa started the downward spiral. Najee Harris was everything and then some, but two turnovers, dropped passes and a lack of consistent rhythm hurt the offense. When it comes to defense, not getting a stop on third down was its problem. The Tide had multiple chances to force punts and create negative; nevertheless, Joe Burrow and the Tigers moved the chain. 

We could not run the ball very well, which was an issue,” Saban said. 

“I think we got some pressure at times in the pocket. I just don’t think we executed on all cylinders. We got a few penalties and it put us behind the eight ball. We have to have more balance and consistency on offense. We make a lot of big plays, which is great, but when you play a team like this who is a very good offensive team themselves… Having the balance on offense, you can control the tempo that you can control the game with your offense is also important and we didn’t have that consistency.” 

On defense, Saban said the lone disappointment the coaching staff has from this loss is that it wants each player to do their job. 

“There were a few occasions where there was a miscommunication, or maybe a player did not take the quarterback on a zone read, or we did not play the gaps exactly right, we did not cover them correctly… we had a couple of busts in the secondary that were very critical, but they do a lot of different formations that take a lot of adjustments. We played six defensive backs a lot in the game thinking we could adjust better to that and I think we did, but we still made some mistakes that gave them plays and you have to give them a lot of credit for it.” 

No matter if it was lack of balance or miscommunication, the Tide did not look like self after Tagovailoa fumbled the ball on its first drive. He gave it a great effort in trying to play, following his surgery, yet it was not the performance neither he nor the wide receivers wanted. 

Alabama needs to get back to fundamental tackling on defense. 

So many missed tackles came versus the Tigers, especially in situations where multiple crimson jerseys were in the area and none could secure a stop. National media definitely got what it wanted, but next week will be interested at practice as the Tide looks to forge on. 

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Ed Orgeron gives profanity filled speech following win over Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/11/09/ed-orgeron-gives-profanity-filled-speech-following-win-over-alabama/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 04:31:53 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=70018 Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers had just picked up the biggest resume booster any team could wish for. Beating Nick Saban and Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the first time any team had done so in four years. During his initial postgame interview, Orgeron was clearly emotional and showed a lot of gratitude towards his […]]]>

Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers had just picked up the biggest resume booster any team could wish for. Beating Nick Saban and Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the first time any team had done so in four years.

During his initial postgame interview, Orgeron was clearly emotional and showed a lot of gratitude towards his players. The team’s locker room, however, was a bit of a different story.

WARNING: NSFW, Language ahead

“We’re gonna beat their (explicit) in recruiting, we’re gonna beat their (explicit) every time they see us. You understand that? Roll Tide what? (Explicit) you.”

Orgeron was obviously very excited about the team’s win especially after breaking an eight-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide. It also sets his team up nicely to have a shot at the number one ranking when the next College Football Playoff rankings come out this Tuesday.

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