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Is Hart Listening to Ford?

Alabama 44  Tennessee 13
20 October 2012 | Neyland Stadium | ATT: 102,455
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Alabama’s resounding victory over Tennessee Saturday showed why the SEC will likely be playing for yet another national championship.

Tennessee’s depressing performance showed that the decisions made in the coming weeks by Dave Hart and his advisors/financiers will determine when the next sellout of Neyland Stadium will be.

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Tennessee-Alabama Preview: Will the Tide Turn on Saturday?

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Saturday 20 October 2012 | 7:00 pm EDT
Neyland Stadium (102,455) | Knoxville, TN | ESPN

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The motivation, as articulated by Vol linebacker Herman Lathers:

We know we have a big game coming up this weekend against the No. 1 team in the nation. You know, if you don’t come prepared they’re going to embarrass you.

Or potentially even if you do come prepared.

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Game of the Century? Some Historical Perspective

Every now and then, two behemoths get together on the gridiron and focus the attention of the college football world. That’s what will happen this Saturday night in Tuscaloosa as No. 1 LSU visits No. 2 Alabama.

The hype-fueled world of today creates a lot of things out of nothing. Seemingly more often than not, the hyped matchups fall flat to our expectations. Anytime Number One faces Number Two, the moniker “Game of the Century” (GOTC) gets dragged out of the closet, dusted off and shined up.

The BCS has made a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup a yearly event. But before the 1998 season, such matchups were pretty rare occurrences, especially before the bowl season.

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Groundhog Day in Tuscaloosa

Alabama 37  Tennessee 6
22 October 2011 | Bryant-Denny Stadium | ATT: 101,821
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It took Alabama 34 minutes to score their first TD of the evening, thanks to an aggressive and effective first-half Tennessee defense, not to mention a punter’s passing prowess. But for the fourth time this season against an SEC opponent, the Vols got burned early in the second half to lose hard-fought momentum.

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For The Record: Week 7

For the record…

Last week, the Vols were soundly beaten by the Number One LSU Tigers. This week, the Vols will be soundly beaten again, this time by the Number Two Alabama Crimson Tide. If the predicted (inevitable) comes true under the lights Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, the biggest thing to guard against is despondency – the theme of this week’s For the Record…

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Shout Bama Lama

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Saturday 22 October 2011 | 7:15 pm EDT
Bryant-Denny Stadium | Tuscaloosa, AL | ESPN2
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Getting a read on Saturday’s game in Tuscaloosa is rather easy and rather difficult at the same time.

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Nick Saban: Casting His Own Long Shadow

Four years ago, Alabama head coach Nick Saban was moving from an ugly situation he created (his early exit from the Miami Dolphins) to a big mess at Alabama created by others before him.

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