Daily Archives: November 18, 2012

Tide opens as huge favorite over Auburn

According to Vegasinsider.com, Alabama is favored by 34 points over Auburn on Saturday, and that’s the largest point spread I can find in this rivalry.

Covers.com has archives that go back to 1985, and I have a couple of Kyle Rote magazines with betting spreads that go from 1977-84. In that time span, here are the largest spreads in Alabama’s favor during that time:

Year: Spread, result
2011: Alabama by 21.5, won 42-14
1977: Alabama by 21.5, won 48-21
1980: Alabama by 17, won 34-18
1992: Alabama by 15, won 17-0
1979: Alabama by 15, won 25-18
2008: Alabama by 14.5, won 36-0
1978: Alabama by 14.5, won 34-16

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Alabama fans celebrate Oregon getting knocked off (video)

Alabama fans react to Stanford beating Oregon 17-14 in overtime. Watch for Barrett Jones at about the 1:43 mark:

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Tide in the NFL: Big days for Johnson, Richardson, Ingram

Arizona Cardinals strong safety Rashad Johnson (49) returned his interception 34 yards to set up a touchdown. (AP photo by David Goldman)

Arizona safety Rashad Johnson, a fourth-year NFL player out of Alabama, intercepted a Matt Ryan pass on the first play of the Cardinals’ 23-19 loss to Atlanta.

Johnson returned it 34 yards to the Arizona 9, and the Cardinals eventually scored the game’s first touchdown. It marked Johnson’s second career interception, with his first coming in 2010 against Minnesota. He also had a tackle Sunday and a fumble recovery, although the Cardinals didn’t turn that turnover into points.

For the Falcons, wide receiver Julio Jones caught three passes for 33 yards.

In other games involving former Alabama players:

Alabama fans might appreciate the wrist band Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is wearing today. (Photo of broadcast image by Alaina Fondren)

–In Arlington, Texas, Cleveland lost to Dallas 23-20 in overtime as Browns running back Trent Richardson had another good game. He rushed for 95 yards on 28 carries and caught six passes for 49 yards.

Cowboys safety Charlie Peprah had one tackle.

–In Sunday night’s game, Baltimore linebacker Courtney Upshaw had three tackles in a 13-10 win over Pittsburgh. He recovered a fumble on the last play, returning it 5 yards.

–Defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had three tackles and defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick two as the Cincinnati Bengals beat Kansas City 28-6. For the Chiefs, cornerback Javier Arenas had three tackles and returned three punts for 30 yards.

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram runs for a 27-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of Sunday’s win over Oakland. (AP photo by Ben Margot)

–Running back Mark Ingram rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries in New Orleans’ 38-17 win over Oakland. He scored a touchdown on a 27-yard run. Saints safety Roman Harper had a team-high 11 stops, one pass defended and one tackle for loss. He also intercepted a pass, his second of the year and sixth of his career. For the Raiders, linebacker Rolando McClain had 10 tackles, including one for loss.

–Philadelphia linebacker DeMeco Ryans had seven tackles in a 31-6 loss to Washington.

–Tampa Bay beat Carolina 27-21 in overtime as Bucs safety Mark Barron had three tackles, including one when he brought down Cam Newton 2 yards behind the line.

–In Buffalo’s 19-14 win over Miami, defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had four tackles and one pass defended.

–Houston beat Jacksonville 43-37 in overtime as cornerback Kareem Jackson had five tackles and one pass defended.

–Linebacker Dont’a Hightower and defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick each had two tackles as New England beat Indianapolis 59-24. Hightower also defended a pass.

–San Diego linebacker Jarret Johnson made a tackle in a 30-23 loss to Denver. His stop of Ronnie Hillman resulted in a 1-yard loss.

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Poll update: Tide sits at No. 2 in BCS standings

Nick Saban wants his players to focus on their next game rather than the national rankings, and he is pretty firm about that, too. (AP photo by Dave Martin)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Alabama moved up to No. 2 tonight in the Bowl Championship Series standings, and the path seems clear to a third BCS national title game in the past four seasons.

Notre Dame is first, while Georgia is third, Florida fourth and Oregon fifth.

In The Associated Press, Harris Interactive and USA Today coaches polls, Notre Dame is first, Alabama second and Georgia third. The unbeaten Irish will conclude their regular season Saturday at Southern California.

The Harris and coaches rankings each make up one-third of the BCS formula. The remaining third is a combination of six computer rankings. In the combined computer rankings, Notre Dame was first, Florida second and Alabama third.

The last time Notre Dame held the top spot in the AP rankings was 1993. The last time AP had Notre Dame and Alabama at 1-2 was twice in 1967. In 1964, Notre Dame was first and Alabama second, but the Tide won the national title when Southern California beat the Irish.

The AP rankings do not count toward the BCS rankings, but AP has awarded a national championship since 1936 and still is considered a major poll. In the AP rankings only, Notre Dame and Alabama are tied for first in the nation with eight crowns apiece.

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Where the Tide stands in the NCAA statistical rankings

Western Carolina running back Michael Johnson (5) is stopped by the Alabama defense, including defensive back Nick Perry (27), defensive lineman Quinton Dial (90) and linebacker Nico Johnson (35). (AP photo by Dave Martin)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — After shutting out Western Carolina 49-0 on Saturday, Alabama remained No. 1 nationally in scoring defense. For the second straight week, the Crimson Tide is tied with Notre Dame, which shut out Wake Forest 38-0.

Alabama is second to Florida State in total defense. The Tide is third in rushing defense, fourth in pass defense and seventh in pass efficiency defense.

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron moved to third in passing efficiency. Georgia’s Aaron Murray is first.

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Derrick Henry’s record-setting run

We have found video of Alabama commitment Derrick Henry‘s record-setting run from Friday night.

Henry broke the career high school rushing yards mark as Yulee (Fla.) High beat Taylor County 41-26. He needed 103 for the record but wound up with 482. He broke the record on a 52-yard run in the first quarter.

Henry is a 6-foot-3, 240-pound running back and is rated as a five-star prospect. He has 11,612 career yards and 3,748 yards this season in 11 games.

The video doesn’t have sound, and it’s a little shaky, but if you want to see the run, here it is. Henry is wearing No. 2, as Yulee is in the green jerseys.

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