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By Stan J. Griffin: November 17, 2015

With several ranked teams going down to defeat this past weekend, this translated into a significant shakeup in the College Football Playoff Poll, with the third poll of the season being announced live on ESPN Tuesday night.

But in terms of the top of the poll, the Top 5 teams in the rankings remained status quo.

Dabo Swinney's undefeated Clemson Tigers remained at No. 1 in the poll after a 37-27 win over Syracuse Saturday. The Tigers are 10-0 and should have an easy time this coming weekend as they battle the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Some observers speculated that the 9-1 Alabama Crimson Tide might vault to the top spot after defeating a ranked Mississippi State team on the road 31-6 this past weekend, but Nick Saban's team remained No. 2 as it prepares for a home date with FCS member Charleston Southern Saturday.

Urban Meyer's 10-0 Ohio State team, the defending national champions, remained No. 3 after a 28-3 win at Illinois. The Buckeyes host No. 9 Michigan State this week, and Ohio State is currently a 13-point favorite over the Spartans.

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By Stan J. Griffin: November 16, 2015

As the No. 2 Alabama football team steps away from conference play this week for a Saturday battle against Big South Conference opponent Charleston Southern, a member of the Football Championship Subdivision, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban acknowledged Monday that much of the emphasis of this week, as per usual, is improvement in his own team from its last game, a 31-6 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.

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By Stan J. Griffin: November 14, 2015

On a day when the No. 2 Alabama football team seemingly could not find any consistent offensive rhythm for the most part, especially in the early going, Nick Saban's Crimson Tide needed something significant to provide a lift as it found itself involved in a gritty affair against Dan Mullen's feisty No. 17 Mississippi State team in Starkville Saturday.
Alabama finally began to find a bit of that offensively and in the special teams department through big plays from Jake Coker, Calvin Ridley, Derrick Henry and Cyrus Jones.

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As was to be expected with a first-year college coach making his debut with a new team, and a team officially opening its season with a mix of veterans and newcomers,  the University of Alabama men's basketball team was far from perfect in its first game under the direction of new coach Avery Johnson.

There were flashes of brilliance lumped in with occasional lapses and glitches, and a period of real adversity in the second half as Al Skinner's visiting Owls made a significant run at the host Crimson Tide.

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By Erik Stinnett

Guess the committee wasn't so crazy after all. 

From Tuesday night through Saturday afternoon last week, the complaining, hand-wringing, chastising and head-shaking came out in force. All from the national media. The supposed experts on the game were incredulous as to why the College Football Playoffs selection committee placed Alabama at No. 4 in the rankings, ahead of a handful of unbeatens and a couple of one-loss teams -- Notre Dame and Florida -- that, despite those defeats, were highly esteemed by the national media.
 
Um, one week later, nobody is screaming at the committee anymore.

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By Erik Stinnett

Two longtime SEC East big boys. Now going two entirely different directions.

 
That was the story coming out of Jacksonville, Fla., over the weekend after the latest installment of the Florida-Georgia rivalry ended with Florida winning 27-3. 
 
It was yet another sign this season that the Gators, under first-year head coach Jim McElwain, have become relevant again on the national scene. Very relevant, in fact. Florida, whose lone loss this season came at LSU, is now one SEC win away from punching its ticket to the Georgia Dome to play for an SEC title, and a win there could very well mean a spot in the College Football Playoffs.

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By Stan J. Griffin

Although the No. 7 University of Alabama football team was off this past week in terms of an actual game, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said the week was a productive one, nevertheless, for his team.

"We have been working on a lot of things, and a lot of repetitions for a lot of players, to improve," he said Monday. "But now it's time to sort of refocus on the task at hand. The players had a few days off, and I think the goal is is for us to play our best football of the year. To do that, each individual on the team needs to play their best, and that obviously starts with preparation, and we're going to start our preparation (for Saturday's game against No. 4 LSU) today."

Saban noted the magnitude of the Alabama/LSU rivalry, and how it has grown during the past several years. It will no doubt be a formidable challenge for his Crimson Tide squad once again when Les Miles' Tigers (7-0 overall and 4-0 in SEC play) comes to Tuscaloosa Saturday to battle his Alabama team (7-1, 4-1).

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By Erik Stinnett

If ever a team needed to be on upset alert, this weekend is most certainly it for Alabama.

Since self-imploding against Ole Miss on Sept. 19, the Crimson Tide have been rolling. And picking up steam fast. Alabama has gone 4-0 the past four weeks with its most impressive, dominating victories coming on the road against undefeated, top 10 competition.
 
Alabama upset (yes, it did classify as an upset) Georgia, 38-10, on Oct. 3. Two weeks later it went back on the road and walloped Texas A&M, 41-23. The other two wins in the last month were home wins over not-as-imposing competition -- 34-0 over Louisiana-Monroe and 27-14 over Arkansas.

By Tori Linville

 

The South’s fifth season is approaching: football season. Do you have the right tailgating gear? We’ve found the best tailgating coolers for you to add to your arsenal before it’s too late.

 

Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme Wheeled Cooler, $50

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This puppy can carry all the essentials and then some. Get it on the ground and see it fly with you on your way to keep your tailgating spot on the quad. The wheels make the cooler easy to move before and after the tailgating events. Complete with extended handle and cupholders, there’s no real reason not to invest in this tailgating must.

 

Cooladio Cart, $112

 

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If you’re really serious about tailgating with some tunes, the Cooladio Cart might be something for you to check out. It’s price pays for the quality speakers that keep  a party going long after your tailgate DJ has checked out. Throw in some beer or soda, add some football and you’ve pretty much got it made.

 

Picnic Time Collegiate Vulcan BBQ Grill, $300

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For the grill master in your family, this cooler will check all the boxes. The insulated cooler comes with a propane grill, along with a three piece barbeque set. Throw in some extra pockets, and you’ve got a small tailgate already going on with just one piece of equipment.

 

Yeti Tundra 45 quart cooler, $350

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This line of cooler has long been lauded as THE tailgating cooler, so it’s a no-brainer for our list. With a  dry goods rack and dry ice compatibility, the Yeti cooler offers tons of insulation for all your tailgating hydration needs.

 

Wagan 10.5 Liter Personal Thermo-Fridge/Warmer

 

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If a cooler just doesn’t cut it for you, a personal fridge could be another option for your tailgating needs. It keeps things cold in the summer and warm in the winter, added jealousy from friends at no extra charge.

 

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Birmingham Post-Herald (BPH) is Birmingham, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

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