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It had to be this weekend, didn’t it?
There’s always one weekend in every season of college football when the wheels just completely come off. Ranked teams start losing left and right, sometimes within the space of minutes. National title contenders once counted out are given new life, and no lead is as safe as it seems.
This year, that was this past weekend. Nos. 2, 3 and 4 all lost on the same day for only the second time in the history of ranked college football, and a half-dozen other ranked teams struggled or lost on the day. The carnage cleared to leave possibly the most chaotic Playoff picture the committee has seen thus far. The remaining three weeks of football may bring clarity, but, at this rate, I would guess not.
It’s worth noting that if you’re in need of a rock to tether yourself to, Alabama is still, unanimously and undisputedly, No. 1.
What they’re saying nationally about Alabama
- Bleacher Report’s Chris Walsh urges to committee to go ahead and give Alabama its bid.
- ESPN’s Alex Scarborough: ‘Iron Bowl, here we come’
- From SBNation Jason Kirk: ‘These 2 stats show what a game-changer Jalen Hurts is.’
Closer to home
- AL.com’s Rainer Sabin has his four surprises for Alabama’s win, led by shock that the Crimson Tide avoided a letdown after beating LSU. This seems like a good time to remind people that the LSU slump is not real.
- Sabin also took a look at the two-and-a-half game stretch since Alabama last allowed a touchdown.
- Tony Tsoukalas of the Montgomery Advertiser wrote about Jalen Hurts’ historic day, aided and abetted by a truly horrific Mississippi State defense.
- According to our own Marq Burnett, Alabama graded out at an easy A on Saturday.
- Aaron Suttles’ notebook maps Alabama’s path back to Atlanta.
- Suttles also went inside the Xs and Os of Hurts’ career day, as did AL.com’s Michael Casagrande.
- Cecil Hurt: ‘Jalen Hurts for Heisman. But not this year.’
- From Terrin Waack, ArDarius Stewart has become the linchpin of Alabama’s passing attack.
- From Tommy Deas, some praise for the unsung heroes of the offensive line.
- Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com writes that Auburn has no hope of stopping Alabama after its ugly lost to UGA.
- Much was made of Mississippi State’s upstart offense before kickoff on Saturday. Here’s how Alabama shut it down.
- And finally, Saban’s comments in full, from AL.com.
Our guy Jermaine “Funny Maine” Johnson returns with Week 11’s installment of How Alabama Fans Watched College Football.
Built By Bama
— NFL (@NFL) November 13, 2016
- Julio Jones continued to set the pace for Alabama players in the NFL, catching 10 passes for 135 yards in the Falcons’ 24-15 loss to the Eagles. Jones passed 1,000 yards on the season for the fourth time, and became the only player to record more than 1,100 passing yards in the first 10 games of a season twice. Currently, Julio stands at 1,105 yards on 61 catches this season.
- Kareem Jackson recorded a 42-yard interception for touchdown in the Texans’ 24-21 win over the Jaguars.
- Linebacker Dont’a Hightower led the Patriots with 10 tackles in New England’s 31-24 loss to Seattle.
- Alabama’s running backs failed to impress at the NFL level this Sunday. Mark Ingram ran for 50 yards in the Saints’ loss to the Broncos. T.J. Yeldon ran for 32 yards against Houston. Derrick Henry ran for 31 yards as the Titans beat the Packers, and Kenyan Drake ran for just 9 yards as his Dolphins beat San Diego.
Play of the Week
— DLineVids (@DLineVids) November 13, 2016
There were a dozen eligible plays this week, most of them by Hurts, but I chose this one for two reasons: 1) he’s a freshman, and most importantly, 2) WU-TANG. I can’t wait for Raekwon to be starting.
Around the Capstone
- Women’s basketball returns to Coleman Coliseum to host Mississippi Valley on Monday.
- Volleyball was swept by Florida on the road on Sunday. They’ll travel to South Carolina on Friday.
- Men’s basketball beat Coastal Carolina to open the season at home. The team hosts Dayton on Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. ET as part of ESPN’s 24 hours of basketball.
- Cross country will send two athletes to the NCAA championship meet to be held Nov. 19 in Indiana.
That’s it from me for today. Y’all be good to each other. See you tomorrow.