TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — No. 8 Alabama got breakout performances from Jase McClellan and Jermaine Burton in an otherwise lackluster offensive performance against an overmatched FCS team.
McClellan rushed for a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns and Burton caught a pair of scoring passes from Bryce Young during a 34-0 win over Austin Peay on Saturday.
The Alabama Crimson Tide will play a football game Saturday that means ... well, absolutely nothing.
Austin Peay (7-3) at No. 8 Alabama (8-2, 5-2 SEC, No. 8 CFP) Saturday, 12 p.m. EST (ESPN+)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: No line posted.
Alabama figures to get a reprieve from the stress of all those close games with championship hopes on the line.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Mario Cristobal wants to put Miami at the top of the ACC, where Clemson currently is. He will get his first chance as Hurricanes coach to see the ninth-ranked Tigers up close — and how far they'll have to travel to get there — this weekend.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban wondered which Crimson Tide team would show up in Mississippi. As it turned out, he didn’t need to be worried, especially about quarterback Bryce Young.
No. 10 Alabama (7-2, 4-2 SEC, No. 9 CFP) at No. 11 Mississippi (8-2, 4-1, No. 11 CFP), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST (CBS)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Alabama by 11 1/2.
Lane Kiffin has intimate but limited experience with how his old boss Nick Saban handled regular-season losses.
The year was 2007 and Alabama was still looking more like a college football has-been than a program on the cusp of a dynasty.
Nick Saban's first regular season as the coach of the Crimson Tide ended with a four-game losing streak that included a loss to Louisiana-Monroe.
Bryce Young was 9 years old the last time Alabama played a regular-season game without national championship implications.
That was five national titles ago.
Now, thanks to two ever-so-slender defeats — by a total of four points — Young and the 10th-ranked Crimson Tide (7-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) are almost certainly back in that scenario for the first time since that 2010 team went 10-3.
Georgia has aspired to be Alabama.
Not just a national champion. The Bulldogs did that last year, going through the Crimson Tide to snap a 41-year title drought.
Georgia wants to set the standard in college football, the program that contends for national titles every season and wins them routinely.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — First-year LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels was unflappable in the face of an Alabama defense that sacked him six times.
First-year Tigers coach Brian Kelly made bold decisions while trying to capture a maiden victory over Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — If first-year LSU coach Brian Kelly had remained at Notre Dame, there was no guarantee he would get another shot to coach against Alabama's Nick Saban.
From now until one of them leaves his current post, they'll be on opposite sidelines at least once a year.
LSU coach Brian Kelly began his weekly news conference wishing Alabama’s Nick Saban a happy birthday, hoping “maybe that’ll soften things up a little bit.”
LSU-Alabama has been serious business since Saban’s arrival in Tuscaloosa.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama defensive lineman Justin Eboigbe is likely out for the season with a neck injury.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Wednesday Eboigbe has had surgery. He played in the first four games but hasn't seen action since.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s defense came one play from a shutout a week after losing in a shootout.
It wasn't quite good enough for the sixth-ranked Crimson Tide's defense.
Bryce Young passed for 249 yards and two touchdowns and Alabama's defense continued its domination of No.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is looking into an incident in which wide receiver Jermaine Burton appeared to make contact with a female Tennessee fan while coming off the field following Saturday's loss.
Alabama is still ranked No. 1 — but in penalties.
A now sixth-ranked Crimson Tide team that can hold its own with any college team in talent and has a seven-time national champion coach on the sideline hasn't been able to get out of its own way at times.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 3 Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, who missed last week's game against Texas A&M with a sprained shoulder, started Saturday's game at No. 6 Tennessee.
According to coach Nick Saban, the Heisman-winning quarterback was considered a game-time decision all week.
No. 3 Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) at No. 6 Tennessee (5-0, 2-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Line: Alabama by 7 1/2, according to KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Josh Heupel recognizes the enormous opportunity awaiting his sixth-ranked Volunteers only too well.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Josh Heupel recognizes the enormous opportunity awaiting his sixth-ranked Volunteers only too well.
It could well be among the marquee quarterback matchups of the season: Alabama’s Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young vs.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama was plagued by turnovers and other mistakes and once again was pushed to the brink by Texas A&M, this time with Bryce Young watching from the sideline.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Bryce Young didn't start the game against Texas A&M because of sprained right shoulder, leaving Jalen Milroe as his replacement.
Seeing top-ranked Alabama firmly among the national leaders defensively isn’t shocking considering its steady influx of top talent and grooming under Nick Saban.
The pleasant surprise is having some of the Crimson Tide’s West Division brethren representing the Southeastern Conference as well.
So, about that game of the year ...
The much-anticipated matchup between Texas A&M and Alabama, after an offseason feud between the team's championship-winning coaches, is not nearly as interesting as expected.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young's sprained throwing shoulder has usurped the offseason coaching spat as the big story heading into the top-ranked Crimson Tide's grudge match against Texas A&M.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — After Bryce Young was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter, No. 2 Alabama turned to Jahmyr Gibbs and backup quarterback Jalen Milroe to pull away from No.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Alabama did it once. That was probably enough for Nick Saban's tastes.
The second-ranked Crimson Tide lost starting quarterback Bryce Young to a shoulder injury in the second quarter against Arkansas on Saturday in a 49-26 win over No.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The last time Arkansas knocked off Alabama, Nick Saban was coaching the Miami Dolphins.
The Razorbacks’ 2006 win over the Crimson Tide came a year prior to Saban taking over at Alabama.
Nick Saban wants more of the same from Alabama players in at least one regard.
Will Reichard points to the sky every time he makes a kick for Alabama, and he’s made many.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama scored on a long touchdown pass, a pick-six and a blocked punt.
And that was just the first six minutes.
Bryce Young passed for three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth, Will Anderson Jr.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Steve Sarkisian couldn't beat Nick Saban last week. That didn't stop him from borrowing some wisdom from the old master.
"To quote my old boss, 'We gotta be careful of the rat poison of people telling us how good we are,” Sarkisian said.
Two more Sun Belt teams get their shots at ranked teams Saturday, a week after two top-10 teams lost to Group of Five programs on the same day for the first time in the College Football Playoff era.
Nick Saban doesn’t have to give his players a history lesson.
The Alabama coach need only point to last weekend’s Sun Belt Conference stunners ahead of Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Monroe, incidentally the architect of the most humbling loss of his tenure in Tuscaloosa.
A penalty-packed performance against Texas only cost Alabama the No. 1 ranking, not a loss.
The college football offseason is mostly spent trying to figure what's going to happen when the games start.
We speculate. Predict. Make an educated guess.
Then in Week 2 we realize just how much we didn't know — and that's when the fun starts.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has been here before: a quarterback with a hot hand knocked out of the game early against Alabama.
Longhorns will never forget Colt McCoy getting injured in the 2009 season national championship game.
Arkansas State (1-0) at No. 3 Ohio State (1-0), Saturday, noon ET (BTN)
Line: Ohio State by 44 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No 1 Alabama (1-0) at Texas (1-0), Saturday, noon ET (FOX)
Line: Alabama by 20 1/2 according to Fanduel Sportsbook.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has a reworked contract that will pay him $115 million over 10 seasons through 2031.
Swinney's enhanced contract follows megadeals given to Alabama's Nick Saban, Georgia's Kirby Smart and Ohio State's Ryan Day earlier this season.
Opening weekend in college football is always a chance for teams to show that the expectations for them are warranted or perhaps a bit too optimistic.
Such was the case last weekend, and a predictable jumbling of the AP Top 25 rankings followed.
Some things to watch on the second Saturday of the Big 12 Conference season:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Texas vs. No. 1 Alabama. The future SEC foes meet for the first time since the BCS national championship game at the end of the 2009 season, when the Crimson Tide won the first of their six national titles under coach Nick Saban.
Utah State (1-0) at No. 1 Alabama (0-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Line: Alabama by 42 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
For Alabama coach Nick Saban, it’s all about “setting a standard for how we want to play.”
School's starting up. That means new textbooks, new clothes — and maybe a few new name, image and likeness deals for college and high school athletes eager to earn some money.
Whether it's social media posts, in-person appearances, hosting sports camps (or even fishing tournaments), the ability to cash in is still relatively new for athletes.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama tight end Cameron Latu's status is uncertain for the opener against Utah State with an undisclosed injury.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide's coach Nick Saban said that Latu was to resume practice Monday.
Sometimes a prediction can feel right even though it ends up wrong. And vice versa.
Last season, this column projected both Ohio State and Alabama to miss the College Football Playoff.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Josh McDaniels points to three major influences on his life in football that got him to where he is today as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
McDaniels watched his father, Thom, for the good portion of a 40-year coaching career.