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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Alabama defensive back Patrick Surtain II (2) waits for a play during the team's NCAA college football game against Southern Miss in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Two of the Alabama defense's big names-- Surtain and linebacker Dylan Moses--are back, along with potential stars like Ray and linebacker Christian Harris. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Alabama coordinator expects better from Crimson Tide defense

Sep. 20, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

Pete Golding doesn’t make excuses for Alabama’s uncharacteristic defensive shortcomings last season, and he probably could. The second-ranked Crimson Tide struggled at times amid a wave of injuries, losing players like middle linebacker Dylan Moses and defensive end LaBryan Ray for all or most of...

FILE - The championship trophy is seen before a news conference for the NCAA college football playoff championship game between Alabama and Clemson,  Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. In a season of uncertainty, go with the sure things. Alabama vs. Clemson for the fourth time in the title game. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Pick Six: In these uncertain times, 'Bama and Clemson again

Sep. 8, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

Shere are six conferences scheduled to play major college football this fall, and a playoff is in place for January. As of now. Making predictions for a most unpredictable season is challenging, but everything about playing football is tougher than usual. And, really, even under normal circumstances, predicting...

FILE - Alabama running back Najee Harris (22) hurdles Auburn defensive back Jeremiah Dinson (20) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. Harris is a candidate for the Doak Walker Award, for outstanding running back. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Pick Six: From Heisman to Outland, projecting award winners

Sep. 4, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

College football loves its awards. Each position has its own hardware and multiple players of the year are chosen, including by The Associated Press. As with everything related to college football in a season already disrupted by the pandemic there is uncertainty about when the awards will be ... awarded. It...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo, Missouri running back Larry Rountree III finds a hole in the Arkansas defense as he runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Little Rock, Ark. Eli Drinkwitz already has experienced just about everything a college football coach could imagine in his first season. Except for playing a game. That will finally change on Sept. 26, 2020, when the Tigers’ new coach leads his team into the opener of its SEC-only schedule against mighty Alabama. (AP Photo/Michael Woods, File)

Mizzou's Drinkwitz looking forward to finally coaching game

Sep. 1, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz already has experienced just about everything a college football coach could imagine in his first season. Except for playing a game. That will finally change on Sept. 26, when the Tigers' new coach leads his team into the opener of its SEC-only schedule against No. 3...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2019, file photo, Alabama offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood (70) blocks LSU safety JaCoby Stevens (3) during an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Leatherwood was selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America first-team, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Roll redemption: No. 3 Alabama aims to restore dominance

Sep. 1, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

Alabama coach Nick Saban stressed the importance of humility to his players in a preseason talk, urging them to avoid the pitfalls of entitlement and self-satisfaction. Chances are, the lesson found a receptive audience going into this season. The preseason No. 3 Crimson Tide received that program’s...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (24) intercepts the ball from Georgia wide receiver George Pickens (1) during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game in Atlanta. Stingley Jr. was selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America first-team, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

SEC remains loaded in season when little else is normal

Sep. 1, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

The Southeastern Conference is trying to carry its football season on amid the COVID-19 pandemic while Georgia, Alabama and LSU forge ahead without their star quarterbacks. In a precarious season when almost nothing feels normal, the SEC does feel like, well, the SEC — even without its most prominent...

Coach Nick Saban and running back Najee Harris, left, lead the University of Alabama football team and other student athletes Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as they march to Fosters Auditorium, the sight of the famous stand in the Schoolhouse Door to voice their support for social justice. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Tuscaloosa News via AP)

Nick Saban, Alabama players hold protest march on campus

Aug. 31, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban led dozens of his football players and other athletes on a march to protest social injustice and recent incidents of police brutality against Black men and women. The group marched the short distance Monday on the school's campus from the Mal M. Moore...

College football kicks off COVID-19 style in Alabama

Aug. 30, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With masks, social distancing and mostly empty stands, the college football season kicked off COVID-19 style. Austin Peay and Central Arkansas, two teams fresh from FCS playoff appearances, took the stage at Cramton Bowl Saturday night in the Guardian Kickoff Classic. The Bears won...

Alabama team planning march against social injustice

Aug. 29, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama players and coaches are planning a march Monday to protest social injustice, ending at the schoolhouse door where Gov. George Wallace once stood to block two Black students from entering in 1963. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said he supports his players’ focus on...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2019, filer photo, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson is preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.(AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

AP Top 25: Clemson No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Alabama

Aug. 24, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

Clemson is the preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25, a poll featuring nine Big Ten and Pac-12 teams that gives a glimpse at what has already been taken by the pandemic from an uncertain college football season. Ohio State (1,504 points) was a close No. 2 behind Trevor Lawrence and Clemson (1,520),...