Pardon me boys, we're playing
With the Iron Bowl looming on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) at Auburn and the showdown with No. 1 Florida the following week in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game, Alabama head coach Nick Saban tried to make it perfectly clear that the Crimson Tide was thinking only about their home game against the Chattanooga Mocs this week.
"Every game has significance," Saban said during his weekly media conference. "There won't be one thing that anybody ever remembers about this season if we didn't have success against a team like this. You can ask me all you want about it, but that's the answer to the question right there.
"We respect the team. They've got good players. Their coach has done a great job there. They are 6-4 this year and they have made a tremendous amount of improvement from last year. Every game is significant and this is the most important game that we are playing and it's the only game that we are going to talk about. So, that's the way it is."
So, I guess Saban and his staff won't be taking a peak at any film of
Bowling for Blazers
Perhaps, UAB football hasn't had a tougher critic this season than me. Earlier, this fall I suggested it was time to pull the plug on the Blazers' program because of a lack of interest and later I suggested they were an embarrassment after a lopsided 27-7 loss to
But suddenly the Blazers are contenders - for a bowl berth and a spot in the Conference USA Championship Game.
You see what happened is since losing to Marshall UAB has won three consecutive games for the first time since the 2005 season to even its record at 5-5, heading into a road game Saturday at East Carolina. A victory against East Carolina or next week at home against
"(A win at) ECU would put us bowl-eligible, and again, we're looking forward to playing them," UAB coach Neil Callaway said. "But I don't want to be distracted by all the other talk about whatever. We take care of our business and we're fine."
The UAB-East Carolina game also will have major ramifications on the C-USA East Division race. The Pirates (6-4, 5-1 C-
"We're all in kind of a playoff deal where we win and we're in, we lose and we're out," Callaway said. "But the biggest thing we have to do is focus on
Is there a more unlikely second-round team in the NCAA Division II playoffs than the West Alabama Tigers?
First, West Alabama (8-4) had to defeat then unbeaten and top-ranked
Then, the Tigers had to go on the road in the first round. They escaped with a 24-22 victory at
Now, West Alabama heads to
Will UWA's magical run continue?
"We know how good we are," junior quarterback Deon Williams said after the win against
By the way, UWA coach Bobby Wallace is only the second coach in the Gulf South Conference to lead two different GSC programs to the D2 playoffs. Wallace led UNA to six berths in a decade at the helm of the Lions, including three consecutive national championships in the mid-1990s. Rick Rhoades guided
Alabama A&M (6-4, 3-3) can clinch the SWAC East title for the first time since 2006 with a home win against