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Monday, September 25, 2017

CECIL HURT: Alabama’s view from the summit looks pretty good

NASHVILLE - You can spend a lifetime climbing mountains, spending most of your waking hours struggling up sheer rock faces or fighting blizzards or just testing your stamina. But at some point, as you journey from Denali to the Matterhorn...

CECIL HURT: I’ll say it again, Alabama needs to bring in a big-name opponent

The summer draws to a close. The days are starting to slowly shorten, although there are still some hours of twilight. In the still air, the old barn sits quietly -- perhaps too quietly. The wisps of hay remaining in...

SEC Power Poll: Mississippi State rockets up after win

When the season begins, we (myself included) say “great, the games are starting, now we will find out some things.” Wise people know that Weeks 3 and 4, with more conference games, are when things really come into focus....

CECIL HURT: Vandy trying to change its brand

For years, Vanderbilt has had a particular brand in Southeastern Conference football — a very good brand for Monday through Friday when school was in session, a bad one on Saturdays. Brand identification is hard to shake, which is why...

CECIL HURT: With defensive struggles, Alabama’s matchup with Vandy looks more intriguing

Efficient, not overwhelming, on offense. Out of sync on defense, understandable but far from characteristic. The University of Alabama football team played that way on Saturday night. It might play that way more than a few times this season. There’s nothing...

COMMENTARY: Offensive line a work in progress

Some quarterbacks are great. Some, inevitably, are greater than others. No quarterback is great enough to transcend the first rule of football: The team that dominates the line of scrimmage will almost always win the game. A great defensive line...

SEC Power Poll: Georgia and South Carolina on the rise

No, the SEC West race is not over because Auburn lost at Clemson. No, the SEC East race is not over because Georgia won at Notre Dame. For some reason, people who approach Week One of the college football season with...

CECIL HURT: Right now, Crimson Tide still in the classroom

There is the football team that Alabama, at the moment, actually is. There is the football team that Alabama, for a number of reasons, is expected to be. Saturday's game was not ideal. The team Alabama is, right now, is very...

CECIL HURT: This is a good week for some reflection

The great thing about college football is that, for a few hours every Saturday, it provides an escape from the world, even though that escape is actually an illusion. The real world can't be held at bay, no matter how...

SEC Power Poll: New season begins with Alabama No. 1

There's nothing like a new season to remind you how crappy the previous season was. The SEC in 2016 was not "powerful," but the SEC Pathetic Poll just didn't sound right. As I said in last year's final Power...

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