CECIL HURT: Alabama mistakes, some Auburn magic and the road ahead

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AUBURN Play the entire 2019 movie backward. See if you can find the point that led to the end — yes, there is a bowl game left but Saturday was the effective end of the standard season to which Alabama aspires. ...

CECIL HURT: Alabama needed this game to catch its breath

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There’s a long list of reasons not to like seeing major college football powers play teams from the Football Championship Sub-Division (FCS) — the matches are inherently unequal because of different scholarship numbers, the games are rarely competitive unless...

CECIL HURT: A story that was too short, with the bitterest ending

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There is no clear way to remove the sheer tragedy of the situation from the analysis. Alabama did not issue an immediate medical report, but several sources indicated a hip dislocation and fracture, an injury that would require far...

CECIL HURT: Alabama going with Mac Jones? Signs point to yes

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By now, the words “game-time decision” are such a permanent part of the Alabama football lexicon they should be used in all semi-official Crimson Tide communications. The fight song for this weekend, for instance, could include the phrase “Go teach...

CECIL HURT: In the end for Alabama, the only stop was a winning streak

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There are two ways to unpack Alabama’s 46-41 loss to LSU on Saturday.  The first is to do so carefully, item by item, unwrapping every play in what ended up as a one-possession game as carefully as if it was...

CECIL HURT: Surrounded by chaos, Alabama remains calm

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Given the hectic atmosphere that has been a part of the Alabama-LSU rivalry for over a decade now, and even more significantly given the chaos that is to come over the 48 hours leading up to Saturday’s kickoff, the...

CECIL HURT: Importance of LSU game is obvious

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As buildup to a Game Of The Century, the 2019 version has been mild, far milder than the hype preceding the 2011 Alabama-LSU circus. There are reasons for that. First, at the time that the 2011 game was played, it...

CECIL HURT: Will Tua play, and should he play?

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At this point in Tua Watch 2019, the will-he-or-won’t-he drama (or diversion) of whether Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will play against No. 1 LSU on Nov. 9, all the available physical evidence has been discussed by everyone from Nick...

CECIL HURT: Saban declines to play soothsayer

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 I was in Birmingham on Monday so I stopped by the zoo and spoke to their magnificent Great Horned Owl.  “Owl, do you think Tua will start against LSU next week?”  “Who?”   “Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama’s quarterback prodigy. Will he start?”  “Who?”   I couldn’t be...

CECIL HURT: Hype officially begins for Alabama-LSU showdown

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The cards have been dealt for Nick Saban, or soon will be. There is still some recovery time left for his quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, before Alabama’s showdown with LSU in two weeks. Tua looked relaxed on the sideline through a...
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