Monday, July 22, 2013

Morning Six Pack: July 22 and 40 days until the promised land, Monday. You again? We might as well start the week right, right? Six cold, clear and fresh college football stories from wandering in the desert.

SEC, Alabama dominate top 50 most talented players in college football

Well-respected analyst Daniel Jeremiah evaluated the top 50 players in college football, and the SEC dominated the list with 19 players.

Ranking the SEC’s defensive ends for 2013

After a week off position rankings, it’s time to turn our attention to one of the positions the SEC is known for: defensive ends.

Steele: Best win total value bets

Texas, USC, Georgia among top value plays heading into season.

Ole Miss Tries to Keep Climbing

It's become common knowledge around college football that the second year of a coach's tenure is when the rubber really hits the road.

The Value of Bye Weeks

One of the constant refrains we have heard from Tide fans when we talk about schedule inequities is that Alabama once had to play six teams coming off byes.


"I'm glad coach brought (Brown) in," Steen said. "It's going to push Austin and make him work that much harder for a starting job."

Brown is among a deep, yet largely inexperienced, pool of players who are looking to either supplant some of these front-runners or earn valuable roles as the first or second offensive lineman off the bench. Also in this group are veterans such as Chad Lindsay and Kellen Williams and redshirt freshmen Alphonse Taylor, Brandon Greene and Caleb Gulledge.

Because Alabama's starting line remained relatively healthy throughout 2012, it never had to tap into an Alfred McCullough-type reserve for an extensive amount of snaps. Alabama knows it can't bank on that kind of good luck for a second straight year.

"We're really trying to figure that out," Steen said. "I guess we'll wait until the end of camp to see. I know coach Mario said the other day about who's going to be our sixth man or who's going to be our starting line. We don't know that yet."

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