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Alabama chases another national title while rest of SEC chases Crimson Tide

14 July 2017

Some things, though, still remain the same.

It wasn't too long ago - three years to be exact - when Alabama coach Nick Saban was criticizing the proposed "10-second rule" at SEC Media Days as a potential health hazard to players who needed to get off the field. Mason was quick to acknowledge respect for Nick Saban but no fear of the Alabama football program.

Like his fellow coaches being asked this week about what they're going to do to close the perceived gap between the Crimson Tide and everybody else in the Southeastern Conference.

The last time the Crimson Tide lost a conference game was September 19, 2015, in Tuscaloosa when Ole Miss walked out with a 43-37 victory. Alabama, which came within a second of claiming yet another national title last season, = failure. He did a great job of recruiting at Ole Miss and they had successful teams after he left because of the recruiting that he did. "And I think there was a lot of time and circumstance involved in me coming to Alabama". "We have some guys who are buying in right away, and now we have to get the younger guys to buy in and we will be a good team".

In fairness to the seven coaches from the first two sessions of SEC Media Days, talking about the dominance of another team should bother them. They have great defensive minds.

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"I don't know that it's pressure".

Saban said Hurts "has done a good job in the offseason of becoming a better passer, understanding the passing game better". "With the Rebels" recruiting hamstrung in recent years by an NCAA case, the one team that had figured out how to compete with the Tide could be headed downhill.

Saban went on to say that player safety in football is something that he's always focused on. I think it's very challenging from a consistency standpoint in our league.

"Our whole thing is about finishing", offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman said of the Clemson loss.

Vanderbilt normally gets to escape Alabama. "Personally I've never seen him before".

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Saban said Fisher, who has won a national championship and three ACC titles at FSU since 2010, has accomplished that.

Alabama certainly hasn't had much failure lately as it relates to SEC competition — Saban and company have won 17 straight games in SEC play. When Dantonio tried to do it in a playoff game, his team was embarrassed, 38-0 - just like it was in a 49-7 Capital One Bowl loss in 2010.

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"Whether you win or lose, we are always trying to self-assess". There may will one of those, like a two-loss season sooner or later, but all bets are off if that will happen under Saban. The Aggies have yet to make it to the SEC Championship Game. Because everybody's hurt by the fact that they lost, especially the way we lost that particular game on the last play of the game, but it wasn't the last play. "We lost because of small details".

Since the highly-anticipated arrival of five-star freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in January, there has been a contingent of fans and media perpetuating the idea that Alabama will have an open competition at quarterback, where rising sophomore Jalen Hurts is the team's first returning starter since 2013. Fitzpatrick and Hamilton's leadership will be important on the defensive side.

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His success at Alabama has brought him riches that National Football League coaches are envious of, and there seems to be no ceiling for the generosity of the Crimson Tide Foundation, which paid him more than $3 million for his home on the condition he still live there for free. "We try to do things that other people don't want to do or can't do".

Alabama chases another national title while rest of SEC chases Crimson Tide