CECIL HURT: No stability at UT means one-sided rivalry

All streaks in sports come to an end and mathematics suggests Alabama’s current winning streak against Tennessee in football will eventually burn out — in the year 2055. That’s the current trend, with Alabama having won by 39 points in...

CECIL HURT: Saban cautions of ‘rat poison’ as Tide surpasses records

Due to its collective offensive prowess, the skills of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the new nature of college football, Alabama football is surpassing records for scoring and yardage every week this season. Whether it is a sixth straight 40-plus...

CECIL HURT: Nick Saban has answers on Alabama ‘crises’

With Alabama football these days, either everything is a crisis, or nothing is. So far this season, there have been crises at the following positions: offensive line, running back, tight end, defensive line, linebackers and secondary. That’s led to some...

CECIL HURT: Alabama may not go back to old style but needs to be...

https://youtu.be/ffjPXRCIS-k   There is winning a football game, which is good. But there is something different about controlling a football game, and Alabama hasn’t quite done that to Nick Saban’s satisfaction yet, least of all in Saturday’s win over Ole Miss. “I always...

CECIL HURT: Saban says Brown will play vs. Ole Miss

 The old-fashioned call-in show for college football coaches used to be built, more or less, as a review of the team’s preceding game and a preview of the upcoming game, often to help promote ticket sales. Alabama hasn’t had...

CECIL HURT: Saban shines some light on QB strategy

Sometimes it takes the smallest nudge — like the apple that bonked Sir Isaac Newton in the head and started his theorizing on gravity — to open up all sorts of interesting ideas. The same thing holds true with...

CECIL HURT: Playoff contenders have top QBs, and Alabama may have the best one

https://youtu.be/cGq5WRagE9E Playoff contenders need top QBs, and Tide may have the best one An 11 a.m. kickoff has its pluses and minuses, but one positive is the creation of a window in which one can see other college football teams, gauging...

CECIL HURT: Times are changing at Alabama, and fast

Is this the same Nick Saban? Is this the Nick Saban who once famously asked if high-speed rabbit ball was “what we wanted football to be?” Has he transformed like Optimus Prime, no longer a semi-truck but a full-fledged advocate...

CECIL HURT: Maybe Alabama should roll the dice more often on fourth down

The University of Alabama’s football success under Nick Saban has had a curious side effect on a week-by-week basis as every game — which means, more often than not, every victory — is dissected. Fans, analysts and opposing coaches...

CECIL HURT: Super QB? Yes. Super team? Not yet in this metropolis

You can excuse Alabama fans for feeling a bit confused on Saturday. After all, they had watched their beloved Crimson Tide win for the 25th time in a row against an SEC opponent, by a comfortable margin. That’s the way...
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