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AU’s Chizik Knows What Bama Will Do On Saturday

There will be a few passes from Alabama in this weekend’s Iron Bowl.  There may even be some Wildcat formation.  But Auburn’s Gene Chizik says he knows very well what Bama will be doing for most of the afternoon:

“They have about four running plays, and they are going to ask you to stop it.  And there’s not many that have. … It starts with the mentality.  I think it starts with your front four and your linebackers, and they have to decide how physical they want to be on Saturday.  That’s where it starts.”

Alabama leads the SEC in rushing.  They’ve already amassed 2,425 yards and 32 touchdowns rushing this year.  That’s good enough for a 220 yards-per-game average and a remarkable 5.54 yards-per-carry clip.

Auburn, on the other hand, ranks 10th in the SEC in rush defense.  The Tigers are giving up 193 yards-per-game on the ground and only Ole Miss has allowed more rushing TDs than Auburn’s 17 yielded.

Chizik’s right.  Expect a whole lotta running from Trent Richardson and the Tide on Saturday.

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15 Alabama-LSU Headlines 11/2/11

Line watch:  The line has shifted a half-point back toward LSU since yesterday.  It opened at Alabama -4, moved to -5, and today sits at -4.5.

Ticket watch:  Someone must have bought those $10,000 seats from yesterday.  Today’s highest price is a mere $6,000 per seat for a pair in Bryant-Denny Stadium’s Ivory Club. 

And now the top stories on the game of the century all in one spot:

1.  It’s expected Alabama will hand out 600 media credentials for Saturday’s showdown.

2.  Alabama’s super-sized linebackers are the strength of its defense.

3.  LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis is getting it done with a bunch of very young players.

4.  The Crimson Tide wants to be prepared for Les Miles’ trickery.

5.  Bama running backs are concentrating on ball security.

6.  LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee hasn’t played well against Alabama… and he knows it.

7.  The Tigers’ special teams stars could be an advantage on Saturday.

8.  Alabama’s defense sure hasn’t suffered from the SI jinx.

9.  LSU’s Brandon Taylor says: “I think that the whole world is hyping this up a whole lot more than the players are.”

10.  Miles and his Tigers don’t need much help staying focused.

11.  Heisman hopefuls Trent Richardson and Tyrann Mathieu will face off on Saturday.

12.  Keep an eye on the Bayou Bengals’ fullbacks in the run game.

13.  LSU has turned the ball over fewer times than any other team in the country. 

14.  Both teams play A-plus grade defense.

15.  This writer predicts a 23-20 Alabama victory.

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SEC Headlines – 10/19/11 Part One

Just a few quick headlines today as we try to make time to finish an expansion-related piece scheduled to be posted this evening:

1.  Alabama’s AJ McCarron continues to make progress as the Tide’s starting quarterback.

2.  Trent Richardson really is better than Mark Ingram.

3.  Gus Malzahn says new Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley’s “got a little bit of the gunslinger in him.”

4.  The Tigers are dealing with injuries as they prep for top-ranked LSU.

5.  Are the trees at Toomer’s Corner worth more than $20?

6.  Arkansas AD Jeff Long says he’s not afraid to “dream big” when it comes to facilities.

7.  Receiver Greg Childs hasn’t been putting up big numbers this season.

8.  LSU fans should savor their team’s success, not fret over rankings.

9.  Tyrann “the Honey Badger” Mathieu will be looking to make up for a quiet game at Tennessee with a big game against Auburn.

10.  Dan Mullen is trying to figure out what’s happened to Mississippi State’s offense.

11.  MSU hoops coach Rick Stansbury isn’t ready to talk about his team just yet.

12.  Ole Miss running back Brandon Bolden says he and three other suspended players “felt horrible” watching Alabama crush their teammates last weekend.

13.  With Chris Warren and Zach Graham gone, Ole Miss will be looking for new scorers in the backcourt this winner.

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Football Fans Still Talking About Richardson’s Run For Bama

To be perfectly honest with you, I thought we’d already posted this one.  When you post as many stories as we do in a day, in a week, sometimes you lose track of what’s gone up and what hasn’t.  This one hadn’t, but it should have.

In case you missed Trent Richardson’s juke-tastic 76-yard touchdown run against Ole Miss last weekend, do yourself a favor and check it out.  The run — which ESPN analyst Ed Cunningham correctly recognized as a Heisman highlight clip — is still getting play on some of ESPN’s college football shows four days after it occurred.

You won’t see many runs better than that. 

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SEC Headlines – 9/27/11 Part Two

1.  Alabama tailback Trent Richardson is one of Florida’s top concerns this week.

2.  John Brantley’s numbers are comparable to his September, 2010 numbers… but the Gator offense is better as a whole.

3.  The attrition continues at Georgia, this time in the Dawgs’ secondary.

4.  Todd Grantham’s defense is #5 in the nation when it comes to stopping third-down conversions.

5.  Through four games, Isaiah Crowell is one pace with Herschel Walker’s start.  (Now that’s called jumping the gun.)

6.  Joker Phillips says he and UK have “a dragon to slay” Saturday in Baton Rouge.

7.  Defensive tackle Mark Crawford will be in the lineup for the Cats after serving a four-game suspension.

8.  Steve Spurrier says Auburn “is a completely different team” this year.

9.  Carolina’s secondary depth could finally get a boost with the return of Brison Williams.

10.  Tennessee’s Rajion Neal is getting comfortable at the receiver spot.

11.  Juco transfer Izauea Lanier will start at corner for the Vols this weekend.

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SEC Headlines – 9/27/11 Part One

1.  Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley is questionable for Saturday’s game with Florida.

2.  What if Trent Richardson had signed with the Gators?

3.  Speaking of Richardson, the website is making accusations about his car and his home.

4.  Auburn’s defense has been bad all season, but now it’s offense may be starting to stumble.

5.  AU will be wihtout receiver Trovon Reed this weekend.

6.  That struggling Tiger defense will have to stop Marcus Lattimore on Saturday.

7.  Bobby Petrino says Arkansas is still looking for its offensive identity.

8.  LSU conceded yardage to West Virginia… but they didn’t give up many points.

9.  Tiger players are embracing their new #1 ranking.

10.  Following an overtime win over Louisiana Tech, there’s a greater sense of urgency in Starkville.

11.  MSU might be looking at more changes along its offensive line.

12.  Despite a woeful offense, Ole Miss is sticking with Zach Stoudt at quarterback.

13.  Freshman linebacker Serderius Bryant says he wasn’t intimidated by the size or speed of Georgia’s players.

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Hogs’ DE Bequette Out Versus Bama

Facing one of the best running back tandems in the country, Arkansas will be without an All-SEC D-lineman when it travels to Tuscaloosa tomorrow.

Razorback senior defensive end Jake Bequette won’t play against Alabama due to a hamstring injury.  Bobby Petrino made the announcement yesterday following his team’s practice.  Bequette injured his hamstring two weeks ago during the Hogs’ game with New Mexico and has not played since. 

“It’s unfortunate,” Petrino told The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.  “He made huge improvement throughout the whole week but he didn’t quite get ready to practice.  I’m encouraged, though, with home much improvement he made… It’s really hard for him.  He hasn’t missed games is a guy that works out year-round, and is in great physical shape.  But the hamstring needs to heal before he can get back out there.”

Sophomore Chris Smith will start in Bequette’s stead, as he did last week against Troy.

“I thought he did a good job,” Petrino said.  “He got a nice sack and played real hard.  His athleticism really showed up and his ability to change directions and run down the line.  He didn’t always make the play but didn’t allow a cutback or a place for the running back to run.”

He’ll need to be on top of his game against the Crimson Tide.  Bama is the only team in the country with two backs who each average 100 yards per game (Trent Richardson at 105 and Eddie Lacy at 101).

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SEC Headlines – 8/25/11 Part One

1.  Five-star Alabama basketball signee Trevor Lacey has been cleared to play by the NCAA.

2.  Bama receiver Michael Bowman is “the biggest clown” on the team.

3.  Trent Richardson is working to be a leader in Tuscaloosa.

4.  Tide tight ends are hoping to add an extra dimension to Bama’s offense.

5.  If you though Auburn ran plays quickly last year, wait til you see them up the pace this fall.

6.  Young guys are answering the call on AU’s defensive line.

7.  Some injured Tigers are improving on the health front.

8.  This writer doesn’t expect a whole heckuva lot to come out of the NCAA’s meeting with Danny Sheridan.  (Agreed.  We said the same thing yesterday.)

9.  Kicker Zach Hocker is ready to build on a successful freshman year at Arkansas.

10.  Bobby Petrino has made his quarterbacks off limits in scrimmages, and that’s got his pass rushers longing for next week’s season opener.

11.  Freshman linebacker Brock Haman will miss the season with a foot injury.

12.  Arkansas’ plans for a 9/11 tribute are drawing some criticism.

13.  Analysts believe it’s a longshot that Jordan Jefferson will play against Oregon next weekend.

14.  The Marine Jefferson allegedly kicked has a police record of his own in Florida.

15.  In football news, Jarrett Lee is ready if needed at quarterback.

16.  Defensive end Sam Montgomery says you should expect a lot from LSU’s young D-line.

17.  MSU has a big hole to fill at left tackle this year.

18.  Depth is a question across both Bulldog lines.

19.  Mississippi State will combine its two private fundraising arms next summer.

20.  Houston Nutt was pleased with yesterday’s practice session at Ole Miss.

21.  UM’s Mike Markuson isn’t buying all the praise being heaped on his O-line this offseason.

22.  Rebel receivers coach Gunter Brewer covers up — even in the sweltering summer heat of Mississippi — because he has a history of skin cancer.

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Carolina’s Jeffery And Bama’s Richardson On SI Cover

Sports Illustrated’s college football preview issue will hit the market on Thursday and a pair of SEC stars will be featured on the cover.  Alabama tailback Trent Richardson is flanked on either said by South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery and Nebraska’s Jared Crick.  Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones are also featured on the fold-out cover.

SI ranks Alabama #1 in its preseason rankings with LSU (#3) and South Carolina (#7) also making the Top 10. 

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SEC Headlines – 7/26/11 Part Two

1.  Now there’s a photo of Trent Richardson having dinner with Tuscaloosa clothier Tom Albetar. 

2.  Crimson Tide play-by-play man Eli Gold has signed a four-year contract extension.

3.  Auburn’s got some holes to fill at linebacker.

4.  LSU freshman receiver Jarvis Landry will miss two to three weeks of practice after breaking his foot in offseason 7-on-7 drills.

5.  Houston Nutt is breaking in transfer quarterbacks yet again.

6.  MSU’s cowbell tradition means a lot to Dan Mullen.

7.  Who’s the best quarterback in the SEC West?

8.  The SEC’s 25th best player is Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson.

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