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With Alabama’s nerve-wracking win over Ole Miss firmly in the rearview mirror, we turn our attention to this weekend’s scrimmage against Kent State. I’m sure I will be accused of not taking Alabama’s opponents seriously enough, but that’s the players’ jobs, not mine. I’m not very torn about predicting a romp for Alabama over a 1-2 team from the Mid-American Conference that posted 106 passing yards in a win over Monmouth last week. The Golden Flashes got brutalized by Penn State in Week 1, losing 33-13, and is ranked 118th and 81st in the country in passing and rushing yards per game, respectively.
SBNation’s Bill Connolly has Kent State ranked 110th in his statistical projections, which are usually quite good. He gives Alabama a 99 percent chance of winning, with a projected score of 43-2. Presumably that’s accounting for an intentional grounding call against fourth-string quarterback David Cornwell in the end zone.
The game kicks off at noon ET and will be televised on the SEC Network.
Nick Saban and Kent State
A significant part of why this game is even being played, presumably, is because Nick Saban is one of Kent State’s most prominent alumni. Saban played football for Kent State in the early 1970s, and it’s where he got his start in coaching, while waiting for his wife, Terry, to finish school.
Saban also was a student on campus during the moment that has come to define Kent State University for generations: the killing of four students by National Guardsman during a protest against the Vietnam War. Saban has spoken about the incident multiple times. He and a friend planned to check out the protest, he said, but decided to get lunch first. By the time he made his way to the scene, the 13 seconds that would define a university and protest movement for decades had passed.
I’ve only heard Saban speak this way about one other event: the April 27, 2011, tornado that ravaged Tuscaloosa.
- ArDarius Stewart might not play on Saturday. Saban named some potential replacements.
- It turns out there’s a reason why Lane Kiffin doesn’t always Run The Dang Ball.
- Ryan Anderson on Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster’s big days is worth your time, from AL.com’s Michael Casagrande.
- Kenny Stabler was honored at Sunday’s Raiders game. SBNation has two special pieces on Snake, one longform, and one closer to home, by Greg Dawkins at Roll ‘Bama Roll, who does an incredible job telling what Stabler meant to him growing up an Alabama fan on the Gulf Coast.
- Alabama’s game against Kentucky has a kickoff time.
- ESPN’s Vaughn McClure has this story on the Alabama-NFL fraternity.
- Cole Cubelic of Alabama Media Group breaks down everybody’s favorite jet sweep.
Why jet sweeps & jet sweep motions are valuable for Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. pic.twitter.com/IvuThecbLd
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) September 20, 2016
Nick Saban in full
If you have 20 minutes to spare, and are really interested, here’s Nick Saban’s full Monday press conference.
Football is fun
(That’s a Remember the Titans reference).
Our first video comes from the creative minds at Alabama Media Group: the return of the 2014 Ole Miss goalpost
SEC Shorts has been one of the most creative things to come out of the AL.com offices, and this one is worth a watch.
Our second video, the third installment of a series, comes from the appropriately named @FunnyMaine
— FunnyMaine (@FunnyMaine) September 18, 2016
Players of the week
— SEC (@SEC) September 19, 2016
Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week after his first road start. He’s the first true freshman to win the award since Kyle Allen won in Week 11 of the 2014 season. Hurts, starting quarterback for your 2018 Houston Cougars.
Eddie Jackson won the SEC special teams player of the week, largely on the back of his 85-yard punt return touchdown. It’s the longest punt return in the SEC this season, and Alabama’s 47.5 punt return average in that game also leads the conference.
Closer to home, Hurts and Jackson head the Alabama coaching staff’s players of the week.
Around the Capstone
- Alabama volleyball’s Krystal Rivers won her third consecutive SEC offensive player of the week honor. She’s been a dominant force on the court this season, and is an inspiration off of it, as a cancer survivor. As Ben Boynton of The Crimson White writes, by year’s end, she’ll rank among Alabama’s best ever.
- Eight teams combined to work a weekend-long Habitat for Humanity build.
Views from the 16
— Crimson Tide FB (@CrimsonTide_FB) September 19, 2016
Noted Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Seattle Seahawks, Kentucky basketball, Texas A&M football, Cleveland Cavaliers, Duke, Golden State Warriors, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool fan gives a shoutout to the Crimson Tide.
(For reference, that soccer fandom is like riding for Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia all at the same time).
The pledge of Ala-legiance
At the University of Alabama Riverwalk. "I pledge allegiance to the Tide." pic.twitter.com/XeflvFNkCK
— Sean Landry (@LandrySean) September 19, 2016
I took this picture during a run this morning. If you can’t read it, it says
“I pledge allegiance to the Tide, and the University of Alabama, and to the tradition for which it stands — one nation, under Saban, indivisible, with victory, through The Process, for all.”
I can’t read the attribute, so apologies to the… artist?
Reuben Foster is a cruise missile
He and I live in the same area code so I’m going to cower in fear. See you tomorrow.