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11 | AROUND THE CONFERENCE

After two weeks, Alabama manages to pull out a victory over the Ole Miss Rebels. Alabama’s offense dominates, while the defense creates a few turnovers.

The game of the week is No. 7 Auburn against No. 12 Arkansas. With both teams having a high-powered offense, the game promises to be a shoot out.

By Lake Koelling

By Zac Al-Khateeb

10 | TIDE CAN WIN ALL REMAINING GAMES

12 | Q&A WITH EVAN MATHIS Former Crimson Tide offensive lineman recalls his days with the Tide when Shaun Alexander was the running back, and he helped make the holes.

Though Alabama has one loss, this season isn’t over yet. Alabama can still make a trip to Atlanta and maybe even Arizona by winning the rest of its games.

By Jordan Eichenblatt

By Laura Owens

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Xbox 360 screenshot Alabama wide receiver Marquis Maze scores a touchdown in the Tide’s 30-0 simulated victory over Ole Miss.

ALABAMA 30 OLE MISS 0 CRIMSON TIDE Statistics REBEL Statistics

Total Yards: 432 Passing: 357 yds Rushing: 75 yds Turnovers: 0 Passing: Greg McElroy: 20-of-29, 357 yds, 4 TDs Top Rusher: Mark Ingram: 20 rushes, 71 yds Top Receiver: Marquis Maze: 5 catches, 120 yds, 1 TD

Total Yards: 201 Passing: 178 yds Rushing: 23 yds Turnovers: 2 (2 INTs) Passing: Jeremiah Masoli: 9-of-16, 181 yds, 2 INTs Top Rusher: Brandon Bolden: 17 rushes, 41 yds Top Receiver: Lionel Breaux: 2 catches, 50 yds

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Mark Ingram, RB

Brandon Bolden, RB

Last week, Ingram couldn’t make any explosive plays running and didn’t get any touchdowns against South Carolina. Florida was able to contain his explosive plays as well. If the Tide wants to dominate Ole Miss, he needs to have a breakout game and keep the defense honest.

So far this season, Bolden has 773 yards rushing and five touchdowns. In order to help Masoli and the Rebel offense open up the passing game, Bolden needs to find the holes and get those big rushes. Also, against Kentucky two weeks ago he had both a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown, which will keep the Alabama defense on its toes.

Marcell Dareus, DL

Jeremiah Masoli, QB

Dareus forced a tackle for a loss of 10 yards last Saturday, one of the best defensive plays Alabama had against South Carolina. Dareus needs to keep his eye out for a big play from Brandon Bolden in the running game but also look out for opportunities to drop Masoli for a loss in the backfield.

Against Kentucky, Masoli threw for a career-high four touchdowns. And he’s the first Rebel to pass and rush for at least 100 yards in a game since Archie Manning in 1969. The Tide secondary is also pumped up after being burned last week, so Masoli needs to make smart passes and hit his receivers in the right place.

Marquize Maze, WR

Jonathan Cornell, LB

With Julio Jones out of the game due to a fractured hand, Maze will need to step up as one of Greg McElroy’s main targets. Also, against South Carolina, Maze was the only shining star on special teams with a long kickoff and punt return. Again, with Jones out on special teams, Maze needs to make the magic happen to keep field position in Alabama’s favor.

As the team’s top tackler, it’ll be one of Cornell’s biggest jobs to keep Mark Ingram in check. Ingram is due for a big game, and if Ole Miss is going to win this game, Cornell needs to make sure that game isn’t this weekend. For the season, he has eight tackles for a loss, totalling to 27 yards, ranking in the top 10 in the SEC. Ole Miss photos courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

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DEFENSIVE STARTERS Bradley Sowell (Jr.) DE 7 Wayne Dorsey (Jr.) Patrick Junen (R-Fr.) DT 57 Jerrell Powe (Sr.) A.J. Hawkins (So.) DT 99 Ted Laurent (Sr.) Logan Clair (Jr.) DE 90 Gerald Rivers (S0.) Bobby Massie (So.) WLB 15 Joel Kight (So.) Ferbia Allen (So.) MLB 51 Jonathan Cornell (Sr.) Jeremiah Masoli (Sr.) SLB 9 Allen Walker (Sr.) Brandon Bolden (Jr.) CB 4 Marcus Temple (Jr.) Melvin Harris (So.) CB 6 Jeremy McGee (Sr.) Markeith Summers (Sr.) S 35 Fon Ingram (Sr.) Jesse Grandy (So.) S 1 Damien Jackson (Jr.) SPECIAL TEAMS STARTERS K 81 Bryson Rose (So.) P 97 Tyler Campbell (So.) PR 10 Jesse Grandy (So.) KR 10 Jesse Grandy (So.) 26 Derrick Herman (Jr.)

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Cade Foster (Fr.) and Jeremy Shelley (So.) Cody Mandell (Fr.) Marquis Maze (Jr.) Trent Richardson (So.) Mark Ingram (Jr.)

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We have all heard head coach Nick Saban talk about how the process is more important than the end result. We have all heard Saban say playing like champions is more important than winning championships.

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8 GAMEDAY October 15 CW | Drew Hoover Greg McElroy and Julio Jones watch the game from the sidelines as Alabama goes down 35-21 to the Gamecocks. Those theories will be tested more than ever as the Alabama Crimson Tide has to deal with something it has not faced since 2007 – bouncing back from a regular-season loss. South Carolina broke a lot of the Tide’s streaks, including 19 straight wins, which was the longest in the nation and nine straight wins against top-25 opponents. One thing Alabama held onto is its streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher. The streak is currently at 40 games. Despite losing to South Carolina on the road, Saban’s message has not changed. “I’ve always talked about improving as a team, everybody

individually and collectively doing the things that you need to do to make yourself better so you can play to a standard and so you can be the best you can be at what you do,” Saban said. “Sometimes that’s very difficult to do, especially when you are satisfied with the success that you’ve had to that point. It doesn’t become about playing to a standard, it becomes about winning a game.” The players all expressed how much the team will be humbled by this loss. “We put our life into this thing,” senior quarterback Greg McElroy said. “I’m sure a lot of people are

disappointed in the loss, but the guys in the locker room are the ones that put in 12 months of effort, dedication and sacrifice to be able to play on Saturdays.” Running back Mark Ingram said, “Some of the guys who’ve never experienced a loss here at Alabama just thought we could show up, and we would win because we are Alabama. That’s not the case. We have to work hard, practice hard and play with a lot of intensity. We have to grow from this.” The Tide lost more than a game against South Carolina. They also lost wide receiver Julio Jones to a fractured hand. Jones has

since had surgery, but his status is still uncertain. The team also lost offensive lineman D.J. Fluker. Saban said he believes Fluker will be out at least one week. Alabama won’t have much time to dwell on the loss. It’s homecoming for the Tide and the Mississippi Rebels come to town for another Southeastern Conference Western Division showdown. Alabama will look to get back on track this Saturday against Ole Miss. The No. 8 Crimson Tide and Rebels will kickoff at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Rebels are the second of six SEC teams to have a bye before playing Alabama.


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— Running back Mark Ingram Alabama has traditionally dominated this series. This will be the 58th meeting between the two SEC teams. Alabama is 47-8-2 (includes vacated wins) against Ole Miss alltime. The Tide has also won nine straight in the series at BryantDenny Stadium and 23 of 24, with the only loss a 22-12 defeat in 1988. Alabama is 31-1-1 against the Rebels in the state of Alabama. The Crimson Tide beat then No. 19 Mississippi 22-3 a season ago in Oxford. Although the Rebels have had their struggles so far this season, they are still not to be overlooked. Ole Miss plays the Tide tough every year. Four of the last five matchups between these two conference rivals have been decided by four points or less. “Any time you play Ole Miss or a Houston Nutt-coached team, it’s going to be a tough game,” Saban said. “As [Jeremiah] Masoli has gotten more comfortable with their offense, they have been very productive and one of the leading teams in the country in terms of scoring points.” Ole Miss features a duel-threat quarterback in Masoli, a transfer from Oregon, and an explosive offense that has averaged 37 points per game. As the Rebels’ offense has flourished, their defense has struggled, allowing 32 points per game. Ole Miss will be looking to take advantage of the Tide’s inexperienced secondary. Mississippi is

3-2 on the season and 1-1 in the SEC after a 42-35 win over Kentucky at home two weeks ago. “This is a different kind of offense,” Saban said. “There are a lot of options, reads, a lot of different formation variables and personnel groups. Defensively they have five or six guys back [this year] and two really good defensive tackles. This is a team that has gotten better and has bounced back. “From our experience in playing them in the past, it has always been a difficult preparation. The key to it will be how we respond and how we prepare to do the things we need to do to give ourselves a better chance to be successful in the future. Consistency in performance is the key to that.” The Tide will be looking to correct its mistakes and to take full advantage of any miscues the Rebels make on both sides of the ball. So far this season, the Tide’s offense is averaging 35 points per game while the defense only gives up 13 points per game. The Tide’s schedule will not get much easier as the season goes on with five of its last six opponents being SEC games, including games against LSU and in-state rival Auburn, both undefeated. The Tide still controls its own destiny in the SEC West, but it will have to win out and have a little help if it hopes CW | John Michael Simpson to return the national champion- Julio Jones received for 118 yards on Saturday, but his gains were not ship game and defend its title. enough for the Tide to win the game.

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Tide can win all remaining games The very first game of the 2010 college football season was South Carolina versus Southern Misss on a Thursday night. As I watched that game, I realized just how formidable the Gamecocks would be as an opponent. Looking through our schedule, it was the only game I was worried about. Why? There were a few reasons. The first was that it was away. It was the third away game of the season, the halfway point in the five road games. It was also decently far away, about six to seven hours driving time away from Tuscaloosa. It can be mentally exhausting to think how far the team travels on these weekends. Second was that it was the mid-point in the Crimson Tide’s season. By week six, teams have started to take their bye-weeks to recuperate, but Alabama doesn’t get a week off until week nine of the season. It’s another thing that wears and tears. Third, of course, is that South Carolina had a bye week prior to

this game. This last thing is something Alabama is going to have to get used to. But here’s Laura Owens why I think Assistant Sports Editor Alabama isn’t going to lose any more this season. For many of the players on this 2010 team, it’s their first loss ever. They will remember this feeling, and they won’t ever want to feel it again. Motivation to win is one thing; motivation to not lose is another. So now, the Tide has both. There are six games left, and four of them are at home. Currently, Alabama is on a 17-game winning streak at home, dating back to the season opener against Tulane in 2008. The last home loss was in 2007 to Louisiana-Monroe. Since that game, one thing this team has

taken pride in is defending its house. The game against Auburn to end the season will be a big test, but I don’t believe this team will allow the enemy to break that home winning streak. The two road games left are Tennessee and LSU. Yes, Tennessee did give LSU (and Les Miles’ job) quite a scare in Death Valley, but that just shows how beatable LSU can be at home. And UAB gave the Volunteers quite a scare in double overtime at Neyland Stadium, which shows Tennessee only shows up to some of its games. These two teams are rivals, and they will give Alabama their best games. However, motivation from a rivalry can only carry so far. Alabama is better than both of these teams, and when it comes down to the last minute, skill as well as conditioning can outweigh any rivalry. Assuming I’m right and we win out the rest of the regular season, Alabama will make its third trip

in a row to Atlanta to face either Florida or South Carolina for the Southeastern Conference title game. I hope it’s South Carolina so Alabama can get its revenge. And if it’s Florida…I think the Tide can handle them again. Winning out this season isn’t only possible; it’s plausible. Making it to the national championship game again may be out of Alabama’s reach, but even if we don’t bring home number 14, this can still be a successful season. Beating Auburn and being able to take another shot at South Carolina seems like a pretty successful season to me. But if we’re really lucky, Alabama still might have a chance to claim another national title. The problem with that is that our fate doesn’t rest in our own hands on that one. We have to trust teams like LSU and Auburn to stay undefeated until we beat them. As I’ve already said though, it’s not if we beat them, it’s when we beat them.

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Evan Mathis started 47 consecutive games on the offensive line for the Crimson Tide in the early 2000’s and now plays guard for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. The Birmingham native talked with GameDay about his career with the Tide and what he learned from playing during a tough time for the football program.

GameDay: How were you recruited to Alabama? And did your uncle support you no matter where you went? Evan Mathis: Former UA wide receiver coach and current Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney recruited me during my senior year at Homewood High School. Even if I had offers from other big schools and not one from Bama, I was still going to Bama. I was fortunate enough to get a phone call from Coach Swinney as Auburn’s O-Line coach was leaving my house after telling me I was too small to play in the SEC. Coach Swinney offered me a scholarship and I immediately committed to Alabama.

GD: What was your favorite play in your 47 consecutive starts at Alabama?

Bryant Museum Former Alabama offensive lineman Evan Mathis blocks against Arkansas in 2004.

GD: Bryant-Denny stadium now holds 101,821 people. In your wildest dreams, did you think an Alabama home game would have that many people?

EM: It’s hard to call any one play my favorite. It always felt good to help spring big runs in big games. A memorable moment was when Shaud Williams took the first play of the 2002 Arkansas game 80 yards for a TD to set the tone for a great game.

EM: It’s not even fair anymore; 80,000 in that stadium was loud. Now over 100,000 screaming fans really makes it hard for opposing teams. That will always be a key to Bama’s home victories.

GD: What team did you always look forward to playing?

GD: What is one thing you take from Alabama that you use in life

EM: Auburn and Tennessee games always carry that natural rivalry mentality with them. I loved being able to play against the best of the best whenever we had the chance to do so.

GD: What was a bigger rush? Running out of the tunnel for Alabama or for the Bengals?

EM: Playing in the NFL is fulfilling my lifelong dream, but nothing beats running out of the tunnel in Tuscaloosa.

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