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 Las Vegas Superbook's latest update has the Crimson Tide at 9-5 odds to repeat as champions . . . Rivals.com
Live Updates: Alabama takes its turn in Atlanta . . . Bama Online
Listen: Former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik joined The Game with Ryan Fowler live from SEC Media Days in Atlanta to shares his thoughts on Alabama's quarterback competition . . . ESPN
Jalen Hurts was a preseason candidate for the Maxwell Award on Monday and has followed it with the Davey O'Brien Foundation naming him as one of its 26 candidates for the national quarterback award . . . USA Today
Both have the potential to influence the trajectory of their teams this season . . . Huntsville Times
Tua Tagovailoa's 41-yard heave to DeVonta Smith that beat the Bulldogs a few Atlanta blocks away from the SEC Media Days site still looms . . . Birmingham News
Whether or not Holcombe returns to the football team this fall or once again focuses solely on baseball is not 100 percent known yet . . . Bama Online
The Board of Trustees approved the implementation of walk-through metal detectors at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Monday . . . Huntsville Times
On Sunday, the Heisman Trophy winner from Florida was asked what he would do if he were the Alabama coach . . . Mobile Press-Register
There is an overwhelming sense at SEC Media Days this week that LSU is trending downward when other programs inside the SEC of comparable heft are on the rise . . . Birmingham News
In seven games in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, the rookie from Alabama had 137 points, 25 rebounds and 24 assists . . . Mobile Press-Register
"You guys keep printing how many we lost, and I think that helps us. This gives us the chip on the shoulder that so many people want," head coach Kirby Smart said . . . Opelika-Auburn News
"I think if you look at last year's game at Alabama, it was a physical contest," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "We felt that we could handle them physically and compete with them, and that was the first time I think our players felt that in a while . . . Birmingham News
Georgia got the recruiting week off to a strong start with a commitment from four-star offensive tackle Warren McClendon, a Brunswick (Ga.) star who was also being recruited by more than 20 other programs . . . USA Today
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