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First look at statewide college football matchups this weekend

Alabama visits old friend Steve Sarkisian when the Crimson Tide ventures to Austin, Texas for a game with future SEC opponent Texas.

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Statewide college football roundup: Troy falls to Ole Miss, South Alabama rolls

Troy lost its opener to nationally ranked Ole Miss. South Alabama won in a blowout and Alabama State held on to win. Birmingham-Southern ran its way to a win while Huntingdon nearly passed its way to victory.

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Auburn QB controversy — Robby Ashford replaces T.J. Finley in second half of season opener

Only one game into the 2022 season, and Auburn has another quarterback controversy.

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Lightning delays, quarterback controversies and career-highs in Auburn's victory over Mercer

Eric Kiesau put his offense on full display in Auburn's dominant victory over Mercer on Saturday night. The Tigers(1-0) defeated the Bears(1-1) 42-16 in the 2022 season opener.

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Alabama opens the season with dominating win over Utah State

Alabama did what it was supposed to do against an overmatched opponent. The Crimson Tide dominated Utah State in Alabama’s 55-0 season-opening victory over the Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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Opportunistic defense, Zion Webb lead way in Jax State win over Davidson

Davidson was its own worst enemy on Saturday afternoon at Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium. Jacksonville State was happy to take advantage of the Wildcats miscues in a 35-17 Gamecock victory.

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Close games and rivalry wins highlight this week in high school football

The high school football season heated up this week with the start of region play. We take a look at some of this week’s highlights.

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Troy LB Carlton Martial on his way to becoming all-time leading tackler in NCAA history

The record is within his sights. An average year for Carlton Martial and, according to the record books, he becomes the all-time leader in tackles in the top level of NCAA college football.

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Samford defense plays big role in getting Bulldogs off to a good start to the season

Samford coach Chris Hatcher called the season opening win over No. 8 ranked Kennesaw State a team win. It certainly was that, but one of the most pleasant things about the win was the play of a revamped defense.

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Eric Kiesau and the Auburn offense's new look

When Eric Kiesau was promoted to offensive coordinator during the offseason, he was put in a position that had been surrounded by controversy for the second time in his short tenure with the Auburn Tigers.

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Samford grabs a season-opening win by staying patient against nationally ranked Kennesaw State

A quick start in either half wasn’t part of Samford’s opening football game of the season. Handling that situation like a veteran team was part of the Bulldogs’ 27-17 victory over nationally ranked No. 8 ranked Kennesaw State on Thursday night at Seibert Stadium.

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The five Ws of Saturday's college football games

College football gets in full swing on Saturday. We look at the games involving Alabama college football teams.

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UAB gets contribution from all three phases in a convincing 59-0 win over Alabama A&M

He will have tougher assignments during his first season as UAB football’s head coach. But it had to be hard for Bryant Vincent to stop smiling after his team opened the season with a 59-0 victory over Alabama A&M with a Protective Stadium crowd of 32,542 looking on.

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Long layoff doesn't keep Zion Webb from doing big things on the football field for Jacksonville State

Zion Webb will take the first snap for Jacksonville State on Saturday when Davidson visits Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium. Zion Webb also took the first snap when the Davidson football team last visited the JSU campus.

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UAB readies to face the unknown in season opener against visiting Alabama A&M

Facing the unknown is often a tricky part of season opening college football games. Potentially facing 11 new starters on the opposing defense, which UAB could do on Thursday night against Alabama A&M takes unknown to a new level.

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Beginning of region play is the story in high school football this week

Week three of high school football is the full-scale kickoff of region play around the state.

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QB Michael Hiers and the Samford Bulldogs brace for tough opener against Kennesaw State

The quarterback tussle between Michael Hiers and Nik Scalzo did not end the way that Samford head coach Chris Hatcher hoped it would.

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Will Anderson, Jr. taking nothing for granted as Crimson Tide approaches opening game

Will Anderson, Jr. is on every watch list for awards that honor college football defensive players. The University of Alabama standout outside linebacker is considered one of the favorites for an award – the Heisman Trophy - which has honored a defensive player as its winner in 86 years of existence.

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Starling Thomas V speeds into his final college football season at UAB

Speed got Starling Thomas V into college football. Speed got him into the starting lineup at UAB. Speed is the primary reason he landed on Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List, which is an annual list honoring the most athletically gifted players in college football.

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Bryce Young prepares for big things with a new set of Crimson Tide receivers

The bond between quarterback and receivers started with communication and developed through on-the-field reps with more off-the-field conversation. On Saturday, we’ll see how that process worked for University of Alabama quarterback Bryce Young and a receiver corps filled with newcomers and first-time contributors.

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Auburn veteran center Nick Brahms retiring from football

Veteran center Nick Brahms, one of the most experienced players on the Auburn football roster and entering his sixth season on the Plains, has retired from football.

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Bryant Vincent getting closer to his first game at the helm of the UAB football program

When it comes to football – whether he’s running an offense or running the entire team – routine is very important to Bryant Vincent.

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Troy's Jon Sumrall ready for kickoff in his first season as a college head coach

Jon Sumrall's first game as a college football head coach is on the road against a top 25-ranked team with one of the most explosive offensive attacks in the nation.

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Playing against his father's team is not the main focus for UAB WR Fred Farrier II

Fred Farrier is going to be on both Protective Stadium sidelines in Thursday’s season opener between UAB and Alabama A&M.

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Full slate of college football for Alabama college teams this week

Three college football games on Thursday, including UAB playing host to Alabama A&M, begin a busy slate.

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Alabama State wins season opener in weather delayed MEAC/SWAC Challenge

Late night at Center Parc Stadium was worth wait for the Alabama State football team and first-year head coach Eddie Robinson as the Hornets opened the 2022 season with a 23-13 victory over Howard.

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Randy Tatano: An Auburn fan’s greatest revenge

First, before you make any assumptions about where this story is going, please note that I did not attend Auburn or Alabama and don’t watch college football. (I know, sacrilege.) I’m an NFL guy. That said, pretty much everyone I know is a fan of one school or the other.

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