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Reality Check: Grading Auburn's loss to Penn State

It was a mess on the Plains as a 14-6 deficit at halftime exploded to a 41-12 defeat at home against Penn State, the worst loss for Auburn inside Jordan-Hare Stadium in over a decade.

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Alabama scores in every phase in dominating win over Louisiana-Monroe

It took just over six minutes for the University of Alabama football team to score in all three phases of the game. It was that kind of afternoon for the Crimson Tide in a 63-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe at Bryant Denny Stadium.

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Troy and South Alabama suffer heartbreaking last play losses on the road

While the scripts were decidedly different, the outcome, not to mention the anguish, was the same on Saturday for the football teams at Troy and South Alabama.

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Penn State dominates Auburn 41-12

This was Auburn’s worst loss at Jordan-Hare Stadium since the much-maligned 2012 season, when the Tigers were shut out by Georgia 38-0. 

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DeWayne McBride powers UAB to a victory over Georgia Southern

Perhaps a dark horse Heisman Trophy campaign was born on a sunny Saturday at Protective Stadium in UAB’s 35-21 victory over Georgia Southern. OK, that’s probably unneeded hyperbole, at least at this point. On this day, though, UAB running back DeWayne McBride was not only good, at times he was out of this world good.

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Hoover beats Hewitt-Trussville in Class 7A Region 3 showdown on a full night of high school football

The Hoover High offense hasn’t put crazy numbers on the scoreboard for the most part this season. That hasn’t been a problem for the Bucs.

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South Alabama offense takes center stage at the Rose Bowl on Saturday

The numbers tell the story for the South Alabama offense early in the 2022 season. The Jaguars are 15th in the country in pass offense, 20th in total offense and 32nd in scoring offense. They are holding the football for more than 36 minutes per game, which is sixth best in the country. Quarterback Carter Bradley, running back La’Damian Webb and wide receiver Jalen Wayne each have categories they rank in the top 10.

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UAB, Georgia Southern will take different approaches to Saturday's game

The final goal – moving the chains and putting up points - is the same for both teams that will be in Protective Stadium on Saturday. The way that UAB and Georgia Southern go about chasing that goal, though, is considerably different.  

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Auburn's history with the Big 10 and Penn State

As Auburn welcomes Penn State to Jordan-Hare Stadium for the first time ever, it will be the Tigers’ fourth time facing off with a team from the Big Ten Conference in the regular season and their second in the last 90 years.

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Birmingham Squadron announces coaching staff for upcoming season

The Birmingham Squadron announced its coaching staff for the upcoming season on Thursday. T.J. Saint will be the head coach and his coach consists of Mery Andrade, Perry Huang and Jodie Meeks. Billy Campbell will be General Manager of Basketball Operations.

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Alabama vs Louisiana-Monroe: 5 things to watch for in tune-up match

After playing one of the sloppiest games under head coach Nick Saban’s tenure, squeaking out a 20-19 win over the Texas Longhorns last Saturday, the Crimson Tide will be anxious to get back to Bryant Denny Stadium to let out some frustration on their next opponent.

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UAB linebacker Tyler Taylor coming to the end of a long college football odyssey

After this season, UAB linebacker Tyler Taylor is out of college football opportunities. This is it. He is a sixth-year senior.

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College football moves into its third full week with Penn State and Auburn taking center stage

Orange jerseys, respecting every opponent and hanging on to the football are some of the college football themes this week.

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Nick Saban bothered by press conference question on quality of opponent

Perception is that the University of Alabama football schedule was easier in when Utah State and Louisiana-Monroe were on the opposite sideline in Tuscaloosa than when Texas was the opponent in Austin.

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Georgia Southern offensive coordinator Bryan Ellis, a former UAB quarterback, enjoying the coaching life

Bryan Ellis always knew he wanted to go into the family business.

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Nick Saban talks about respect for his childhood schoolteachers

Nick Saban talked about the importance of good teachers. Not long afterward, the 70-year-old University of Alabama showed how important his teachers were to him as a youngster.

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Will it be Hoover or Hewitt-Trussville taking a step forward in Class 7A Region 3 football?

As there are every week, outstanding region matchups are the highlight. We take a look at five of the most intriguing games of the week.

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Rich McGlynn named Auburn's interim athletics director

Rich McGlynn, Auburn University’s executive associate AD in charge of compliance, has been named the Interim Athletics Director by Auburn University President Dr. Chris Roberts.

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Sterling Galban brings a speedy option at slot receiver for Jacksonville State

All Sterling Galban asked for, when looking for a new place to play, was a chance. Jacksonville State head coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff was happy to give him that.

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Troy readying for difficult trip to Appalachian State this weekend

ESPN College GameDay will be in town. National attention will naturally follow. Distractions will be spread out through the weekend. So how does the Troy University football team handle this? The Trojans don’t really have to, according to head coach Jon Sumrall.

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UNA running back ShunDerrick Powell looks to build on last week's record setting performance

The words still live in UNA running back ShunDerrick Powell’s head and heart. He’s too small, he was told, to play college football.

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Sightseeing is part of the plan for South Alabama when the Jaguars travel to Southern California

One weekend, the South Alabama football team was in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The next weekend, they will be in Pasadena, California. Want to guess where they chose to spend an extra day?

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Ramsay High defensive lineman Caleb Patterson provided unlikely ending to a big win for the Rams last week

Ramsay High football coach Ronnie Jackson knew that Caleb Patterson made a special play in the final seconds of the improbable ending to his team’s 21-14 victory over Pleasant Grove last Thursday night. He didn't know exactly what happened until later.

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Nick Saban breaks down what happened on Saturday in narrow win over Texas

Nick Saban never seems to treat his Monday press conference like it's his favorite chore of the week. Some weeks, though, the University of Alabama head coach is particularly feisty and the message is not always directed as the assembled media members.

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Turning the page becomes the focus for the UAB football team

They’ve dried off after a rainy Saturday night in Lynchburg, Virginia. But does the disappointment still linger for a UAB football team that lost for the first time this season?

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Auburn-Penn State rematch looms as players look to even the score

Auburn’s rematch with Penn State has been circled on every fan’s calendar since the series was announced in 2016, and even more so after last year’s classic in Happy Valley. Apparently, some of Auburn’s leaders in the locker room have circled it too.  

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Point guard Eric Gaines brings his ‘high risk, high reward’ style to UAB basketball

Incoming UAB point guard Eric Gaines brings another high-powered piece to the Blazers' backcourt. The LSU transfer will pair well with the dynamic Jelly Walker, who might have more shooting range than any player in the country.

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