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Ole Miss DB Cody Prewitt: Alabama is not as good as they have shown

Nick SabanOle Miss will face its biggest test of the season on Saturday when the Rebels host Alabama. After making easy work of Florida last weekend, Alabama remains at No. 3 in the AP Poll but has climbed to the top of the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Ole Miss defensive back Cody Prewitt is not nervous about his team’s upcoming opponent.

After 10th-ranked Ole Miss defeated Memphis on Saturday, Prewitt indicated that he and his teammates feel Alabama may be a bit overrated.

“We understand that we haven’t played a team that’s going to be as good as Bama,” Prewitt said, via Brandon Speck of Fox Sports. “But we don’t really think Bama is as good as they have been. And we’re better than we have been. We’re looking forward to getting to the game plan and really nailing down all the tweaks and stuff that we’re going to have to put into Bama.”

Ole Miss’ defense ranks third in the nation with just 8.5 points allowed per game. While the Rebels have not really been tested, that is an impressive start no matter who the opponents have been.

Still, Ole Miss has not faced any offense close to the one Lane Kiffin is featuring this season. Senior quarterback Blake Sims looked great throwing the ball last week against Florida and the Tide have put up 42 points per game. The Rebels will need to have their best game in all phases to beat Nick Saban and company. Calling them underrated and providing bulletin board material probably isn’t the best idea.

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Alabama game ended in an incredible bad beat

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As expected, Alabama cruised to an easy victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday. The Crimson Tide ended up winning 41-0 in a game that was shortened due to inclement weather. FAU had no problem calling the game early because they stood no chance of coming back, but anyone who bet on Alabama was left seeing red.

No, not the good kind.

The game was stopped because of lightning with 7:53 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. If you bet on the game, you probably got Alabama laying somewhere between 40 or 41 points. Even if you had them at -41, the Tide were on the FAU 4-yard line at the time the weather arrived and were almost certainly going to score another touchdown and cover the spread. Too bad, because any game that doesn’t go at least 55 minutes is considered no contest.

In other words, all of the wagers were cancelled. Anyone who was brave enough to bet on FAU was probably dancing in their seat, but those who bet on Alabama got screwed. I suppose no action is better than some of the other bad beats we have shown you over the years, but what are the odds of a football game being called early due to weather? It almost never happens. If you bet on Bama, we feel your pain.

Jeopardy! jabs Notre Dame over BCS title game loss to Alabama

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Prior to the 2013 BCS Championship Game that saw Manti Te’o and Notre Dame face off against A.J. McCarron, Eddie Lacy, and Alabama, many felt the game wouldn’t be much of a contest.

And they were right.

The Crimson Tide rolled over the Fighting Irish, putting up over 500 yards of offense on the way to a decisive 42-14 victory to capture their second consecutive national championship and third in four years. Even Kate Upton got in on the act of piling on Notre Dame.

We can also add the popular game show Jeopardy! to the list. Notre Dame made its way into one of the answers, which also managed to deliver a jab towards the Fighting Irish.

It’s nothing that hasn’t been said countless times since that game ended, but there’s something about seeing it written out on television that makes you say, “That’s cold.”

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Lane Kiffin: Alabama’s running back trio is better than any NFL backfield

Lane KiffinLane Kiffin is extremely excited about the talent he will get to coach this season as offensive coordinator at Alabama. After hearing the comments he made about the Crimson Tide’s backfield earlier this week, some would say the former USC coach is too excited.

On Thursday, Kiffin said Alabama’s offense will be led by its tailbacks. And he thinks they’re all pretty damn good.

“As you guys know extremely well, I think the offense is led by the tailbacks,” Kiffin told those in attendance at the DEX Imaging 20th annual L’Arche Football Preview. “There probably aren’t three more talented tailbacks in the NFL on a roster than we’re fortunate to be able to work with at Alabama.”

Wait, what? Does Kiffin realize that there are countless backup running backs in the NFL who were absolute studs on their college teams? TJ Yeldon will likely carry on the tradition of Alabama running backs being taken in the early rounds of the NFL Draft, but we have to wait and see how second and third stringers Derrick Henry and Kenyon Drake will turn out.

As NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread noted, Nick Saban typically does not allow his assistant coaches to speak to the media. This is probably why.

Rashaan Evans signs with Alabama, stuns Auburn fans

Rashaan Evans, one of the most followed recruits in the Auburn/Alabama national signing day rivalry, committed to Alabama on Wednesday. The five-star outside linebacker and top-ranked player at his position is from Auburn and attends Auburn High School, which made the Tigers the favorite to land him. Instead, Nick Saban stole another one.

Evans will almost certainly emerge as public enemy No. 1 for Auburn fans after signing day. As Eye on College Football pointed out, Auburn seemed confident Evans was going to pick his hometown school up until he made his decision. The image you see below appeared on Auburn’s athletics website before Evans announced his decision.

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Auburn also uploaded Evans’ highlight video to their Youtube account.

Did Saban’s dance moves seal the deal for Evans? A video of the Tide coach doing the “Electric Slide” went viral last month, and it appeared to be uploaded by Evans’ brother. That man has some unorthodox recruiting tactics.

Alabama players have poster reminding them of losses above their lockers

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Alabama cost itself a shot at the BCS National Championship by losing to Auburn on one of the most incredible endings to a game that you will ever witness. The Crimson Tide still managed to claim a spot in the Sugar Bowl, but they embarrassed themselves by losing 45-31 to Oklahoma. On the positive side, Nick Saban now has something to use as motivation for his players.

A poster is currently hanging above every player’s locker in the Alabama locker room that reads as follows:

“If you continue to do the same thing you have always done, you will get the same result. Guaranteed. 0-2″

Alabama actually finished the season 11-2, but the final two games of the season were losses. Last year, the Tide won the National Championship. Despite achieving their ultimate goal, Saban still chose to hang little Texas A&M logos around the weight room to remind the team that they were not perfect. Back-to-back losses to end the season makes it that much easier.

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Oklahoma Red Cross takes shot at Alabama after Sugar Bowl

Red-CrossIt seems like almost everyone outside of the state of Alabama enjoyed the beating Oklahoma put on the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday night. The two-time defending national champions were dominated 45-31, and even the Red Cross decided to get in on the fun.

As AL.com’s Mark Heim pointed out, the Red Cross of Oklahoma sent out a hilarious tweet after the game. The tweet was later deleted, but not after it received more than 400 retweets.

The Sooners entered the game as a 17-point underdog, so you can understand why the victory was so gratifying for the people of Oklahoma. Heck, even collegiate athletes who have nothing to do with Oklahoma got a good chuckle out of AJ McCarron’s turnovers. The Red Cross of Oklahoma followed up with a few tweets supporting the state of Alabama.

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