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♦ Alabama Crimson Tide Football Records ♦
First season: 1892 ~ AD: Greg Byrne - 1st yr. ~ HC: Nick Saban - 11th yr.
- Wins  127 ~ Losses  19 ~ Ties   0  - .870%
Bryant–Denny Stadium ~ Tuscaloosa, AL ~ Capacity: 101,821 ~ Surface: Grass
Conference SEC: - (1932) ~ SEC West Div.: - (1992)
All-time record:  Wins  885 ~ Losses  327 ~ Ties  43 ~ .722%
[Alabama had 8 wins and 1 tie forfeited by the NCAA during the 1993 season and 21 wins vacated by the NCAA between the 2005-2007 seasons.]
Post Season record:  Wins 38 ~  Losses 25 ~  Ties 3 ~  .598%
Claimed Nat'l Titles: {16}
1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015
Unclaimed Titles: {4} ~ 1945, 1966, 1975, 1977
Conf. Titles: {30} ~ 4 Southern ~ 26 SEC ~ Division titles: 12
Heisman winners: 2 ~ All-Americans: 68



A.-All season, we seemed to be on a collision course toward Clemson vs. Alabama Part III. But did anybody expect to see that matchup in the semifinal? The Tide got in as a one-loss non-conference champion.

B.-The Alabama team that lost at Auburn to end the regular season maybe wasn't a playoff caliber team. But give them a few weeks to get linebackers like Christian Miller, Terrell Lewis and Mack Wilson healthy, and the outlook changes.

C.-Star DB Minkah Fitzpatrick's hamstring should be 100 percent by the time they play Clemson, and freshman Dylan Moses ought to be more comfortable starting in place of Shaun Dion Hamilton at middle linebacker, who went out for the season with an injury last month.

D.-Clemson was well positioned to earn the No. 1 overall spot in the College Football Playoff after handily defeating Miami in the ACC championship game. The Tigers have eight victories over teams with winning records, most in the nation.

E.-With the 2017 field now set, 15 of the 16 Playoff teams in the current format have had a top-4 Strength of Record. Ohio State in 2014 was the only exception.

F.-Give a lot of credit to two first-year starting quarterbacks, Georgia's Jake Fromm and Clemson's Kelly Bryant, and another in Alabama's Jalen Hurts, who many questioned after last season for a lack of development.

G.-Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield is by far the most decorated QB in the playoff, but those other three all have proven themselves this season.

H.-If it comes down to one of those 4 QB's being the deciding factor, sorry but even though I view Mayfield as another Manziel, I would have to say OU will probably become the 2018 College Football Natioonal Champion's...!

I.-Isn't it strange the final AP Top 25 of the regular season had, Alabama No. 4 and the Buckeyes No. 5. Clemson finished the regular season No. 1, followed by Oklahoma and Georgia. Just kind of starange the committiee agreed with the writer's...!

J.-College Football Playoff semifinal opening lines from Westgate: No. 4 Alabama (-1) vs. No. 1 Clemson No. 2 Oklahoma (-3) vs. No. 3 Georgia

K.-Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia all responded extremely well from their first loss of the season. All three teams had conference championship games and all three played their best football in those games.

L.-Alabama's response to its Iron-Bowl loss will need to be its best effort of the season, of course if Clemson thinks it will be a walk-through game, they just might be heading back to pat the rock a little early. A look back at the FSU game when the 'Noles had their starting QB for the whole game just might shed some light on the subject..!

• 'The NCAA on Friday Dec. 1st dropped the hammer on Ole Miss.' •

According to the public report released Friday morning, the NCAA gave Ole Miss an additional postseason ban for 2018, stripped the school of two additional scholarships, put it on probation until Nov. 30, 2020 and forced the vacation of wins.

Ole Miss had already self-imposed a bowl ban for 2017, along with a reduction of 11 scholarships over a total of four years (the total is now 13 after Friday's penalties).

In addition, former head coach Hugh Freeze was given a two-game conference suspension should he be hired before Nov. 30, 2018.

Two former Freeze staffers, Barney Farrar and Chris Kiffin received show-cause penalties, meaning if they are hired before those expire, the school must appear before the Committee on Infractions.

Farrar received five years, while Kiffin -- now defensive coordinator at Florida Atlantic -- got two years. Two staffers from the Houston Nutt era were also given show-cause penalties:

David Saunders received eight years, while Chris Vaughn got five years.

Ole Miss was also fined $179,797 and must vacate all regular-season and postseason wins in which ineligible players competed. Boosters involved in the case must be disassociated.

According to ESPN's Mark Schlabach, players who will be seniors in 2018 may transfer to other schools without having to sit out a year.

That list includes wide receiver DeMarkus Lodge, offensive lineman Javon Patterson, defensive lineman Breeland Speaks and cornerback Ken Webster, but not quarterback Shea Patterson, offensive lineman Greg Little or wide receiver A.J. Brown, all of whom are true sophomores.

Ole Miss will appeal the 2018 bowl ban.

• Ole Miss was charged with 21 violations -- 15 of them considered major, with some dating back to the Nutt era (2008-11), but most related to Freeze's tenure...

Among the allegations are improper benefits given to former All-America offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and...

-- most spectacularly -- allegations of thousands of dollars in cash and other merchandise given to former recruit Leo Lewis, who now plays at Mississippi State...

(Ole Miss disputed, or flat-out denied, many of the charges). •

Freeze resigned in July for personal conduct reasons tangentially related to the NCAA case, as school officials were made aware of calls to an escort service in Freeze's phone records after attorneys for Nutt subpoenaed them.

Nutt sued the school after accusing Freeze and athletics director Ross Bjork of falsely characterizing the NCAA allegations to media members as being mostly related to Nutt's tenure (the two parties later settled out of court).

Ole Miss finished 6-6 in 2017 under interim coach Matt Luke, who last week was elevated to the permanent head-coaching position.

Both the NCAA and Ole Miss officials will meet with the media later today.
• 'Week 5 SEC Men's Basketball Player's Of The Week' •
Player Of The Week
 LSU's Duop Reath: 

Reath, a 6-foot-11, 244-pound senior forward from Perth, Australia, scored a career-high 30 points in 27 minutes of action in leading the Tigers to a win over UNCW. He came off the bench to make 76.5 percent (13-of-17) of his field goal attempts and three of four free throws.

Freshman Of The Week
 Arkansas' Daniel Gafford: 

Gafford, a 6-foot-11, 234-pound forward from El Dorado, Ark., averaged 15 points 6.5 rebounds and four blocks in wins over Colorado State and No. 14 Minnesota. Gafford had 16 points, seven rebounds and six blocks against Minnesota. He was perfect from the field against the Gophers, making all eight of his shots. Gafford had 14 points and six rebounds in a win over Colorado State. He has pulled down five or more rebounds in seven straight games and has multiple blocks in five games, including three or more in three.

• 'Week 5 SEC Women's Basketball Player's Of The Week' •
Player Of The Week
 Victoria Vivians - Mississippi State: 

Vivians continued a stellar start to her senior season, averaging 23.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals as MSU started the season 8-0 for the third time in the last four seasons. The week also put her over 1,900-career points, just the 3rd MSU player to ever do so. She capped the week scoring nearly 40 percent of the Bulldogs' points in a Big 12/SEC Challenge win against an Oklahoma State team that was receiving votes with a 6-1 overall record. Vivians notched her fourth-career 30-point game, knocking down an outstanding 55 percent from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 at the free-throw line. She also added 8 rebounds and tallied 3 steals. Sparked MSU to a crucial first-quarter advantage by scoring 9 of her 13 first-half points in the opening quarter and scored 17 of her 30 points in the second half, going 6-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-5 at the line, and grabbed 6 of her 8 rebounds as MSU held on to a 3-point halftime lead.

Freshman Of The Week
 Promise Taylor - Ole Miss: 

Taylor recorded her first-career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Arkansas State. She nearly averaged a double-double in two games last week with 10.5 PPG and 9.5 RPG. She shot .750 combined in both games and recorded eight total blocks, including six vs. Arkansas State (the most since Shawn Goff blocked six vs. Alcorn State on Nov. 24, 2008). Has hauled in at least eight rebounds in each of her last four games at five of her last six and has had multiple blocks in all but one game this season, including each of her last four games. Leads the SEC in blocks per game (3.3) and ranks second in the SEC in FG percentage (.677). Is the nation's top-ranked freshman in both FG percentage and blocks.


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  Southeastern Conference
 Men's Basketball 2017-18
  Miss. St. 0-0 8-0
  Auburn 0-0 8-1
  Texas A&M 0-0 8-1
  Kentucky 0-0 8-1
  Georgia 0-0 7-1
  Tennessee 0-0 7-1
  Missouri 0-0 8-2
  So. Car. 0-0 8-2
  Arkansas 0-0 7-2
  L.S.U. 0-0 5-2
  Alabama 0-0 7-3
  Florida 0-0 6-3
  Ole Miss 0-0 4-4
  Vanderbilt 0-0 3-6

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  Southeastern Conference
 W/Basketball 2017-18
  Tennessee 0-0 10-0
  Miss. St. 0-0 9-0
  So. Car. 0-0 9-1
  Missouri 0-0 9-1
  Georgia 0-0 7-1
  Ole Miss 0-0 8-1
  Kentucky 0-0 8-3
  Texas A&M 0-0 8-2
  Arkansas 0-0 8-3
  Auburn 0-0 8-3
  Alabama 0-0 6-3
  L.S.U. 0-0 5-3
  Florida 0-0 6-4
  Vanderbilt 0-0 3-7

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SEC Softball 2017
  Florida 0-0 0-0
  Ole Miss 0-0 0-0
  Alabama 0-0 0-0
  Auburn 0-0 0-0
  Miss. St. 0-0 0-0
  Tennessee 0-0 0-0
  Georgia 0-0 0-0
  Kentucky 0-0 0-0
  So. Car. 0-0 0-0
  Missouri 0-0 0-0
  L.S.U. 0-0 0-0
  Texas A&M 0-0 0-0
  Arkansas 0-0 0-0

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SEC Baseball 2017
East Division
  Florida 0-0 0-0
  So. Car. 0-0 0-0
  Vanderbilt 0-0 0-0
  Tennessee 0-0 0-0
  Georgia 0-0 0-0
  Kentucky 0-0 0-0
  Missouri 0-0 0-0
West Division
  L.S.U. 0-0 0-0
  Texas A&M 0-0 0-0
  Arkansas 0-0 0-0
  Alabama 0-0 0-0
  Auburn 0-0 0-0
  Ole Miss 0-0 0-0
  Miss. St. 0-0 0-0

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SEC Football 2017
East Division
  Georgia 8-1 12-1
  So. Car. 5-3 8-4
  Kentucky 4-4 7-5
  Missouri 4-4 7-5
  Florida 3-5 4-7
  Vanderbilt 1-7 5-7
  Tennessee 0-8 4-8
West Division
  Alabama 7-1 11-1
  Auburn 7-2 10-3
  L.S.U. 6-2 9-3
  Miss. St. 4-4 8-4
  Texas A&M 4-4 7-5
  Ole Miss 3-5 6-6
  Arkansas 1-7 4-8

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