Happy Thursday, Alabama fans! Two. More. Days. You know the drill. No intro needed here.
Here are five things to know:
- The video has since been deleted, but the Alabama football team had a wild reaction when it learned that it was No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night.
- Yet while his players were visibly excited, coach Nick Saban didn’t put much stock into the initial rankings.
- LSU might be undefeated, but FiveThirtyEight thinks Alabama is the SEC school most likely to make it to the Playoff.
- Keith Gavin, a 4-star wide receiver, has decided which three schools are at the top of his list. The Crimson Tide made the cut.
- Saban knows he can’t control the rain that is likely to come Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, so the coach has a simple approach: Don’t fret.
Other Alabama news from around the Internet
- In line with Saban’s viewpoint, the Tuscaloosa News’ Cecil Hurt thinks the College Football Playoff will unravel as it should.
- Defensive end Jonathan Allen is relishing in the opportunity to face someone as dominant as Leonard Fournette, AL.com’s Michael Casagrande wrote.
- On the injury front, Saban is satisfied with right tackle Dominick Jackson and safety Ronnie Harrison’s progress as they work their way back to full health. Saban is hopeful both will be available for the LSU game, AL.com’s Matt Zenitz reported.
- For the last seven games, LSU hasn’t had two of its most important defensive pieces start in the same game. Guess when that’s expected to change? You guessed it — Saturday against Alabama, Zenitz wrote.
- With so many head coaching jobs coming open, Saturday could be a big day for the Alabama assistants, Bleacher Report’s Christopher Walsh wrote.
The best stories around the SEC
- There’s been plenty of buzz about LSU and Alabama in the Playoff, but what about Ole Miss?
- One LSU recruit is also showing his interest in Florida.
- A Tennessee wide receiver is reminding some of Odell Beckham, Jr.
- Speaking of the Vols, they still aren’t happy with that targeting call in the Kentucky game.
- Florida quarterback Will Grier is filing for his suspension to be reduced. It’s currently a year-long suspension.