Tuesday, November 06, 2007  
Focus now shifts...
Yeah, I spent way way way longer than the allotted 24 hours on that loss to LSU, but for a game like that, it should be expected. Regardless, Mississippi State is going to be tough to handle this weekend, so the team needs to let the past be the past - focus MUST shift towards Mississippi State.

They've got some big boys on the offensive and defensive lines. They were able to run right over us last year - Dixon gained 121 yards on 25 carries, and they absolutely ate the final few minutes of the clock by getting first down after first down.

And, just a reminder to all of you - we haven't scored an offensive touchdown against Mississippi State since 2004. I call for that to end on the first drive Saturday.

Anybody that is going to the game - let me know. I'll be down there getting my party on. :-)

If you thought that last Saturday was the perfect weather for a football game, just look at the weather report for this Saturday in Starkville.

The Sporting News labels Alabama a winner and LSU a loser after this past weekend's game. They think that, easily, by Saban's 4th year, Alabama will be crunching BCS championship numbers for the national title game. Read more here.

It's a perfect setup for Alabama to have a letdown this weekend against Mississippi State, but I don't think the players or the coaches will allow that to happen - especially against a team that beat them in their own backyard last year.

The transcript from Coach Saban's weekly press conference is now up over at RollTide.com. Sounds like he's ready to get last week's game outta everybody's head, because the last game doesn't mean anything if you don't go take care of business in the next game.

If you will recall, losing to Mississippi State last year put the entire season into a tailspin - which, of course, ended with the firing of Mike Shula as head coach. So really, I guess we can kinda thank them for bringing us Nick Saban. Haha. Anyway, their victory over us in Tuscaloosa was, beyond a shadow-of-a-doubt, the downfall of the previous coaching staff. The inability to win a game that they should have won, along with playing others close and not being able to get over the hump against our rivals. Read more about last season's game and what it meant to the rest of the season here.

Coach Croom says that the players know that they're still looking for respect, even after winning at Alabama, Auburn and Kentucky in the past 12 months. Another win over Alabama would definitely help them with their recruiting efforts, and will go a long way towards making sure they get into a good bowl game.

Jamie Newberg, from scout.com, spoke to the Montgomery Quarterback Club on Monday night, and let everybody there know that Alabama is going to be a killer on the recruiting trail. Alabama is currently 11th in their rankings, but if they can grab Julio Jones and a couple of others, they'll likely be in the top 3 in the country. Read more about what he said about Auburn and other SEC schools.

Barrett Jones, a 4-star OT from Cordova-Evangelical Christian in Memphis, TN, committed to the Tide yesterday. He's the number one recruit from the state of Tennessee - and his dad played basketball at Alabama. Read more about his statement here. He seems like a good kid with a good head on his shoulders.

I know, I know...it's not football, but Alabama basketball season did start last night with a 99-71 exhibition victory over North Alabama at Coleman Coliseum. Richard Hendrix was the dominant force that we're expecting him to be, and we used a 26-0 run after halftime to grab the lead for good and walk away with the victory. The first regular season game will be Friday, November 9th against Troy at Coleman Coliseum.

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