26 - 23! Now What? The heady high of Alabama's thrilling win in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game is fading. A little. Saban proved he's The Coaching Master by daring to pull Tua off the bench to recalibrate the team. Jalen brought them to the championship game; Tua took them to the win. They are two unbelievably, talented young men.
Fans are excited for the team and the upcoming football season. Happily, the National Championship can't hurt in attracting top tier players on National Signing Day - February 7. Five juniors have declared for the NFL draft so far, and they will need to be replaced (reloaded). Saban & staff are still adjusting to the new recruiting schedule after the early signing period in December.
The addition of Western Carolina tentatively completes Alabama's 2019 non-conference football schedule . . . Bama Online
Bovada has updated its odds for each team to win the national championship on Jan. 7, 2019. Alabama leads the way at +210, while Georgia is second at +1000 . . . SEC Country
Anything that happens at the quarterback position is likely to be noted by every beat writer on the practice field in viewing periods, so expect a lot on the signal callers . . . Bama Online
Hand wrapped up his career with one tackle and a pass breakup against Georgia to help the Tide win another national title . . . CBS Sports
It's the biggest question surrounding the 2018 team, and given the realities that face the secondary this season it's only natural . . . Tuscaloosa News
As a veteran in the secondary entering the 2017 campaign, Harrison blossomed into the leading headhunter on the UA defense after inside linebacker Reuben Foster ran out of eligibility . . . CBS Sports
It's been barely two months since Alabama stunned Georgia in a thrilling national championship victory. But much has changed for the Crimson Tide . . . Birmingham News
Evans was named one of four permanent captains by his teammates. He showed patience and leadership during his time in the Alabama program, which should both serve him well at the next level . . . CBS Sports
"You have to have a completely different mindset when you're trying to prove something as opposed to proving it and responding from that," Saban told the SEC Network earlier . . . Chattanooga Times-Free Press
Hamilton assumed a full-time starting role in 2016 beside Butkus Award winner Reuben Foster and blossomed into a play caller in the middle of the defense . . . CBS Sports
The team returns all of its talent at outside linebacker but the inside backers will be tested . . . Tuscaloosa News
Thompson quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa burst onto the Alabama high school football scene in 2017 by leading the Warriors to a 10-0 regular season . . . Huntsville Times
Well, Alabama will add another transfer in Temple's Austin Jones. The Florida native will graduate after this semester and enroll at UA in the summer to try and win the Tide's starting kicker job this offseason . . . 247Sports
The University of Alabama men's team defeated the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 69-65 on Saturday to win the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament . . . Tuscaloosa News
"We don't want to feel satisfied," Avery Johnson Jr., said, "but it's better than making the NIT . . . Birmingham News
Alabama basketball exited the NCAA Tournament at the hands of No. 1 seed Villanova, SCORE. The Crimson Tide, who were only down five at the half, could not stop the Wildcats from knocking down three-pointers in the second half . . . Crimson White
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