Ohio State vs. Alabama: A giant film study

Kerry Coombs, Ohio State’s first-year defensive coordinator, laid out the challenge clear as day. “It is a complete offense,” he said of the looming test against Alabama in Monday’s national championship game. “There are five All-Americans on the offensive side of the ball, a Heisman Trophy winner and the runner-up. They have great players, but […]

Alabama’s pass rush conundrum: How effective has it really been?

Is the glass half empty or half full? As with a lot of things, it depends on your perspective. Is Alabama’s pass rush effective or ineffective? Well, it depends on your perspective, how you interpret stats and which stats you value most. Here are the facts. Form your own opinion. Alabama ranks 12th in the […]

How Nick Saban’s change of philosophy turned the SEC into a passing league

Asked last week about his team and his conference’s many poor defensive showings thus far, LSU coach Ed Orgeron used a phrase to describe SEC offenses that would have seemed wildly incongruous up until very recently.  “This is a league where it’s like basketball on grass now,” he said. Click here to red the rest […]

Alabama’s biggest preseason question: Is the run defense ready to bounce back?

The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the 2020 college football season is evolving. This story is part of a series examining programs’ biggest on-field questions as preseason camps open. When the final chapter of the 2019 Alabama season was written, how could the takeaway have been anything other than a missed opportunity? That may seem harsh […]

The most important Alabama players: No. 8, DeVonta Smith

With all the projections about what lies ahead for Alabama’s season, there is one area in which there are no question marks. That’s the offense. That’s no surprise, given that Alabama has arguably the best offensive line in college football, a running back who ended 2019 playing the best football of his career and two […]

Tua may not be a tank-worthy QB but he can be an effective NFL starter. Is that his ceiling?

Remember when “Tank for Tua” was a thing? It wasn’t that long ago. But sometime around the beginning of November we started to realize that Joe Burrow had a chance to jump ahead of Tua Tagovailoa in the pecking order of 2020 NFL draft prospects. By the time the calendar flipped to December, it was no longer […]

NFL Draft Rookie Receiver Snapshot: Speedster Henry Ruggs III far from a one-dimensional player

After posting the third-fastest 40-yard dash time (4.27 seconds) in NFL Combine history, Ruggs’ quicks certainly have people talking. While his long speed is obvious, the blazer’s immediate acceleration makes his play all the more electric.  Click here to watch the video and read the rest of the article on yahoosports.com

Evaluating Mac Jones, a loaded WR draft class and more idle college football thoughts

Part of the draw of college football is the endless supply of interesting topics to discuss. In an offseason that has seen sports come to a total stop due to the coronavirus, now’s the time to prove it. The world is full of uncertainty, but we’re going to distract and entertain ourselves with sports all the same. […]

SIS Football Rookie Handbook Preview: Jerry Jeudy

Continuing our position-by-position preview of this year’s draft class, we shift our focus to wide receivers. As a scouting staff, we use common terminology to grade every trait that we evaluate. We use a 1-9 scale with a 1 representing a “Reject” grade and a 9 meaning a “Rare” grade for whatever trait we are […]

Fantasy Football 2020 NFL Draft Profile: Is Henry Ruggs the next Tyreek Hill, or next Ted Ginn?

Henry Ruggs III is the fastest player in the 2020 draft class. Much has been made over his 40-yard dash time, but one look at what he did on the field at Alabama the past two seasons make it obvious just how uncommon his speed is. It’s that speed that helped Ruggs, a four-star recruit […]

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