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Alabama football's consistent success places a target on its back.

Alabama football: Tide players believe they are college football’s villain

Matt Speakman

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Crimson Tide’s success breeds hatred

Alabama’s constant success has caused animosity among college football fans. Every year, Alabama is at or near the top of the rankings when the season ends. This season, the Tide’s controversial selection to the College Football Playoff fueled even more hatred. So, is Alabama the villain of college football? Alabama cornerback Levi Wallace seems to think so. When meeting with the media, Wallace and other Alabama players discussed how Alabama is viewed each year.

“I’m sure a lot of people don’t like Alabama because we’re always so good each and every year,” Wallace said. “That’s something coach [Nick] Saban has instilled in us.”

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Getting more involved with the offense

Alabama running back Damien Harris has been effective this season, despite not carrying the ball like a featured running back. Harris shares the backfield with fellow running backs Bo Scarbrough and Josh Jacobs, as well as quarterback Jalen Hurts. This season, Harris has 906 yards on 110 carries and is averaging 8.2 yards per attempt. After only carrying the ball 6 times against Auburn, fans started to voice their opinions, saying Harris should be more involved with the offense. Harris decided to respond to the chatter about him deserving more carries.

Getting another shot

Alabama will make its fourth straight playoff appearance this season. In the three previous appearances, the Crimson Tide have won the national championship once. Last season, the team fell short to Clemson in the national championship in Hurts’ first season as quarterback. A year later, Hurts is ready for another shot at Clemson and the playoff.

Recruiting hot streak

After a slow start to recruiting, Alabama has picked up the pace. The Tide are on a hot streak after landing three commitments in the last two weeks. Over the weekend, that hot streak continued. The Crimson Tide flipped Miami commit Joshua Jobe. Jobe is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback. According to the 247Sports composite, Jobe is the No, 13 cornerback in the 2018 class. Alabama also landed a commitment from 3-star running back Jerome Ford. 

Around the capstone

Alabama women’s basketball defeated SMU 59-44 at home.

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