TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — We know there is always a lot of news flying out around Alabama football, so we figured it’d be a good idea to provide you with a spot to catch up on things you may have missed.
No. 1 Alabama (3-0) travels to Nashville on Saturday to face Vanderbilt (3-0). Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
Here are stories, videos and other news and notes you may have missed throughout the week.
Each year, Alabama brings in a new crop of talented players. Problem is, there are already other talented players waiting their turn.
That can lead to young guys not getting the early playing time they think they deserve. If a player comes to Nick Saban’s office to ask why they aren’t playing, Saban revealed during his Thursday radio show that he turns the question back around on them.
Saban said players sometimes come to him wondering why they aren't playing "Then I ask them, who are you better than and they can't tell me"
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) September 22, 2017
Can you imagine being a player and walking into Saban’s office thinking you’re about to make a point about why you should be playing more and Saban hitting you with that line or question? That’s pretty savage of Saban.
Everyone would love to see Alabama football have classic home-and-home series with other premier programs. So would Saban. In fact, the head coach said he’s met with Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne to discuss future home-and-home series.
“I would like to do that. We played Penn State home-and-home when I was here, and it was a good game here, it was a good game there, great crowd and all that. It’s better for our fans if we play at home, I get that. But playing in these sort of games has helped us to play a better team, even though it’s at a neutral site, and it gained tremendous exposure for the program early on. But Greg Byrne and I met about doing this in the future where we have some home-and-homes with some teams every now and then so we’re not playing in one of these neutral-site games to start the season.” — Saban during his radio show when asked about home-and-home series.
Here’s to hoping Alabama can find an opponent that isn’t afraid of a trip to Tuscaloosa one year and having Alabama come to their place the next.
Alabama linebackers Rashaan Evans (groin), Anfernee Jennings (ankle) and Dylan Moses (undisclosed) returned to practice this week, and appear to be doing fine.
Evans was back at the front of the inside linebacker line by practice Wednesday. Moses showed no signs of being limited. Jennings appeared to be limited early in the week, so he’s the one to watch Saturday.
Here’s the latest from Saban on the trio as of Wednesday morning.
“All three of those guys are practicing. Anfernee seems to be doing fairly well. Dylan Moses seems to be doing fairly well. Rashaan Evans is making progress every day. Hopefully he’ll continue to progress. We’ll see how he comes along as the week goes on but all three of those guys have been back practicing and we’re pleased with the progress that they’re making.”
Nick Saban speaks
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News and analysis
- On the Alabama football beat: Don’t look for Nick Saban to change his early season process due to injuries
- Alabama football mailbag: Help is on the way for Tide’s defense
- Friends turned foes for a day: Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason and Alabama assistant Karl Dunbar
- Less weight, more versatility: Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough aims for return to Under Armour Bo
- Nick Saban on Alabama’s defense: I don’t think anybody needs to be panicking
- Minkah Fitzpatrick: Alabama’s defense needs no come-to-Jesus meeting yet
- Alabama football: Breaking down Tide’s 2018 schedule
- Brad Nessler is the new voice of college football
Each week, SEC Country writers and editors predict the outcome of Alabama’s next contest.
“According to the latest talk coming out of Nashville, Vanderbilt believes it can compete with the Alabama Crimson Tide. However, I am not buying into this theory. Alabama’s defense needs to take a step in the right direction and I believe it will do that on Saturday afternoon. I also believe Jalen Hurts will run all over this team, which will provide more opportunities for pushing the ball down the field.” — Ryan Fowler
More predictions here.
Our podcast host, Ryan Fowler, does a great job of bringing on guests with knowledge of Alabama and college football.