Monday, November 19, 2018

CECIL HURT: LSU fans will rage on Saturday

They have raged, raged like the Gulf of Mexico during a storm — for more than a decade now, since Nick Saban left Baton Rouge for the NFL, then made a U-turn back to the Southeastern Conference at the...

Cecil Hurt’s SEC Power Rankings: Week 8

Rank Team Last Week 1  1 It’s an open week for Alabama to heal its bumps and bruises and let the offense catch its breath. 2  4 The Tigers move up two notches because the Birmingham Illuminati have deemed it shall be so. 3    3 Not supposed to call it...

CECIL HURT: Bama not done yet, but what it’s doing in 2018 should be...

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alabama has reached its open week — a time to nurse its bone-weary players back to full strength, work on self-scouting and install small tweaks to make itself better and, if all goes according to plan, emerge...

CECIL HURT: Big news bombs go off in the basketball world

SEC Tip-off, the basketball media days came and went quietly in Mountain Brook this week. There were moments of celebration about what should be, on the court, a vintage year appropriate of the setting at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. There...

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...
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