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We are at the halfway mark of the college football season, so what better time to re-evaluate my preseason prognostications?

Last Saturday, Alabama flexed its offensive muscles in a way that would make the Hulk blush. Tua Tagovailoa was deadly accurate and Devonta Smith was extraordinarily X-Box-ish. Those two made records fall like an earthquake in Motown.

Alabama wideout DeVonta Smith had himself more than a day as he shattered multiple school records and tied the Southeastern Conference receiving touchdowns mark Saturday. Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa also broke several records of his own as No. 2 Alabama beat Ole Miss, 59-31 in Br…

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The No. 2-ranked Alabama football team put up 603 yards of total offense in its 62-10 win against New Mexico State in the Crimson Tide’s home opener inside Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday. Alabama moved to 2-0 on the season while the Aggies dropped to 0-2.

A stout defense and stellar quarterback play propelled the No. 2 Alabama football team to a 42-3 win over Duke in the 2019 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium ON Saturday. The Crimson Tide improved to 1-0 to start the season and 6-0 all-time in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games.

With just a few days until college football’s official 2019 kickoff, I now present to you my final, set-in-stone, for-real-this-time predictions. Feel free to use these picks at your local gambling establishment. You can thank me later. 

The clock is ticking and we are now only 408 hours (give or take depending on what time you’re actually reading this) away from Auburn’s long-awaited Duck-hunting trip in the state of Texas.

The Reeltown Quarterback Club will be hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year Saturday, Aug. 17 when it hosts a Cow Patty Bingo at the high school baseball field.

Football is in the air again in Tuscaloosa as the University of Alabama opened its 2019 fall camp Friday afternoon. The Crimson Tide hosted a two-hour practice in helmets and shorts at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

College football teams will finally begin practicing this week and not a moment too soon. As of next Monday, we all should be through the silly-season of miscellaneous polls, rankings and nonsensical quotes turned bulletin board material.


The accolades just keep on coming for Dadeville graduate Anfernee Jennings. After being named to the All-SEC First Team just last week, Jennings earned a spot on the Dick Butkus Award Watch List on Monday as one of the top linebackers in the nation.

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Alabama football’s Anfernee Jennings was one of three Alabama football players who have been named to the 2019 Dick Butkus Award Watch List announced Monday by the Butkus Foundation. Terrell Lewis and Dylan Moses were also named to the list.

The picks are in. On Friday, following the conclusion of SEC Media Days, the SEC released the media’s predictions for the upcoming season, and both Auburn and Alabama were represented well on the three preseason All-SEC teams.

Kids at Adullam House in Wetumpka were treated to a special visit Wednesday when former Alabama football star O.J. Howard came to campus to hang out for the morning. Howard, who now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL, grew up in Prattville and returned home for some time during th…

The Southeastern Conference is finally allowing alcohol sales in its member schools’ stadiums. Although the drinks will include only beer and wine under very strict conditions, some people think the conference has gone too far. I don’t think it has gone far enough.


Brad Ford has spent a lot of his adult life giving back to youngsters trying to get into football. A 1992 graduate of Dadeville who then went on to play for the University of Alabama and the Detroit Lions, Ford has wanted to bring his football camps home to the Tigers for a few years now aft…

For the 21st consecutive season, Alabama softball will play in the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson Tide earned a No. 8 national seed in this year’s field of 64 and will host Arizona State, Lipscomb and Alabama State this upcoming weekend in Tuscaloosa.

Vegas put out its incredibly early over-under win totals for most of college football for 2019 recently.

While the NFL isn’t exactly the topic du jour around here, I could not be more fired up for the draft which starts Thursday night. No professional leagues’ draft comes within 100 yards of being as interesting, fun, compelling and captivating as that of the National Football League.

Alabama fans have plenty of reasons to feel confident heading into the 2019 season. It’s easy to overlook any perceived flaws — no matter how obvious — and hard not to be impressed with the litany of future NFL stars — and they are very obvious.

Before I get into this week’s column, let me say congrats to the Auburn basketball team. Making it to the Final Four is a dream come true and huge accomplishment. As a ’Bama fan, I am truly jealous.

Alabama’s next basketball hire will be a big one. The rest of the SEC isn’t going to wait for the Tide to catch up to the league’s increasingly lofty standards. Four rivals are in the Sweet 16 this year and the conference won’t be any easier next season.

As if breaking two Southeastern Conference records and winning four gold medals wasn’t enough for Benjamin Russell graduate Robert Howard, he also added a pair of huge honors — one academic and one athletic — after last weekend’s SEC Swimming & Diving Championships.

Major college athletics needs a commissioner — someone who is willing to listen to multiple arguments for improvement then make tough (even if unpopular) decisions, someone who understands today’s landscape of player empowerment while maintaining valuable traditions unique to college sports.