Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cecil Hurt’s SEC Power Rankings: Week 7

Rank Team Last Week 1  1 Depending on Tua’s knee? Top of the poll. Bring in Jalen? Top of the poll. Live chicken at quarterback? Maybe No. 2. 2  2 Huge transitive property war here, but Georgia stays at No. 2 despite the loss – for now. 3    6 The...

CECIL HURT: Is the Tennessee rivalry fading?

Without weighing in on the debate about Alabama’s “biggest” rival — Auburn, Tennessee or even, for a short stretch a few years ago, LSU (which considers Alabama its archrival down to the last chromosomes in Mike the Tiger’s feline...

CECIL HURT: Vacation time is over, serious work ahead for Alabama

The first six weeks of the Alabama season were like going to Disney World at the age of three of four. “Look at that!” “Let’s ride ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ again!” “This is so great!” Look, there is Mickey!” Then you turn eight...

CECIL HURT: Maybe ‘Dixieland Delight’ will hang around a while

They always play the hits eventually. The banishment of “Dixieland Delight” from Alabama football games was never going to be permanent — after all, students grow up into old alumni someday. Still, the announcement of its return in a UA...

Cecil Hurt’s SEC Power Rankings: Week 6

Rank Team Last Week 1  1 Allowing 31 points to Arkansas might show the first chink in Alabama’s armor. Of course you’ve got to catch them to put something in that chink. 2  2 The Bulldogs make a rare trip to Baton Rouge and might find the...

CECIL HURT: Is Alabama a dominant defensive football team?

The debate that no one in the college football world could imagine — is Alabama a dominant defensive football team? — continued on Monday. It didn’t exactly rage. There are always a few Alabama fans upset if an opponent...

CECIL HURT: Is Alabama’s high-powered offense taking a toll on the defense?

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. The simplest option would be to say Alabama’s 65-31 win against Arkansas was “strange” and move on. That would leave us about 560 words short of a column, though, so the best thing to do would be to...

CECIL HURT: Collin Sexton’s name draws attention in recruiting fraud case

Among the bombshells that have been dropped in federal court in New York this week, where three defendants - including an aspiring agent (and agent runner) Christian Dawkins - are charged with wire fraud and other felonies in the...

Cecil Hurt’s SEC Power Rankings: Week 5

Rank Team Last Week 1  1 Alabama gives a new meaning to “option football” – every player on offense has the option to score on any play. Except linemen. Maybe. 2  2 The SEC championship could be the de facto national championship game. 3    3 Quarterback Joe Burrow is more popular...

CECIL HURT: Regarding Jalen Hurts, all the wrong questions were being asked

That sound you didn’t hear on Saturday was Alabama’s quarterback controversy. That’s gone now, after nine months of volcanic eruptions of analysis spewing hot gas into the atmosphere where it has, apparently, dissipated. Tua Tagovailoa is the starting quarterback, as he...
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