One of nation’s longest winning streaks belongs to Alabama

Alabama is 95-8 at home under Nick Saban, and have not lost a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium since 2019.

One thing has remained constant since the resurgence of Alabama football began in 2009 with the Crimson Tide’s 32-13 SEC Championship Game win over Florida. When you play a game against Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, you are going to have a bad time.

That has especially rang true over the last three football seasons, as Alabama has put together one of the nation’s longest home winning streaks.

Alabama currently holds the nation’s third-longest winning streak in college football, as they have won 13-straight games inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The only two programs with longer streaks are Oregon (19) and Clemson (34).

The last time that the Tide faltered at home was against one of the best teams to play college football, the 2019 LSU Tigers led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback and eventual first overall selection, Joe Burrow. The Tigers defeated Alabama, 46-41.

Nov 9, 2019; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow (9) and LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron hug in celebration after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 46-41 during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama has had plenty of success at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the 15 seasons that Nick Saban has been at the helm. Since 2007, Alabama is 95-8 at home, and has had an unblemished record at home nine times. Losses are so rare at Bryant-Denny Stadium, that Alabama has only lost just one game at home just six times. The only time that Alabama has lost more than one game at home in the Saban era was his first year in 2007, where the Tide finished 4-3 at home.

Alabama is slated to host seven home games in 2022, beginning with Utah State on September 3.

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Alabama now considered the heavy favorite for four-star safety Derek Williams

Alabama appears to be taking a strong lead for four-star safety Derek Williams.

[autotag]Nick Saban[/autotag] and Alabama are on the heels of a massive recruiting month as June is expected to bring in a surplus of the nation’s top talent from the class of 2023 and the Crimson Tide is hoping to make a great impression.

One unofficial visitor expected the first weekend of June is four-star safety from Louisiana, [autotag]Derek Williams[/autotag]. With just two weeks until his trip to Tuscaloosa, it appears as if the Crimson Tide has taken a strong lead in the recruitment of Williams.

Recently Sam Spiegelman, a National Recruiting Analyst for On3, logged a new prediction for Alabama to land the coveted prospect. Alabama now has a heavy 88.8% chance of landing a commitment from Williams according to On3’s RPM.

The 6-foot-3 defensive back is considered a national top 50 prospect acceding to On3’s Consensus Rankings as well as 247Sports Composite Rankings.

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Alabama Morning Drive: Nick Saban takes shot at Texas A&M, saying Aggies ‘bought every player’

The latest news and notes involving the Alabama Crimson Tide on Thursday morning.

Good morning, Alabama nation! Welcome back to our Thursday edition of Alabama Morning Drive! I hope everyone is having a good week as we inch closer and closer to the weekend.

It has been a fun-filled week here at Roll Tide Wire and we are excited to bring you, even more, news and notes involving the Crimson Tide this morning.

Late Wednesday night coach [autotag]Nick Saban [/autotag] nearly broke the internet with his remarks on NIL and Texas A&M. While speaking at an event in Birmingham, Saban did not hold anything back with his accusations against his former assistant Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies.

“You read about it, you know who they are. We were second in recruiting last year. A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness. We didn’t buy one player. Aight? But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future, because more and more people are doing it. It’s tough.”

Coach Saban didn’t stop there, he would continue to blast programs such as Jackson State and Miami for taking advantage of NIL.

“I mean, Jackson State paid a guy a million dollars last year that was a really good Division I player to come to school. It was in the paper and they bragged about it. Nobody did anything about it.”

“Those guys from Miami that are going to play basketball there for $400,000, that’s in the newspaper. The guy tells you how he’s doing it.”

This story will only continue to grow and progress throughout the day and Roll Tide Wire will be here every step of the way!

Let’s take a look at a few other stories that Alabama fans should be checking in on.

Alabama Softball in the polls ahead of Regional weekend

Did Alabama’s early exit from the SEC Tournament affect their national rankings?

The Alabama Crimson Tide took an early exit in the SEC Softball Tournament last weekend by falling to Missouri, 3-0 last Thursday afternoon.

The loss did not affect Alabama much as far as national seeding goes, as the Crimson Tide earned the no. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament that begins Friday in Tuscaloosa.

Before the tournament begins, here is a look at where Alabama ranks in this week’s national polls

Alabama appears to be out of running to land Jordan Addison

The former Pitt wide receiver is down to two choices, with Alabama missing the cut.

One of college football’s top receivers in the transfer portal is looking elsewhere for his transfer destination.

Former Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Allison has narrowed his transfer choices to two schools, with Alabama just missing the cut says Jordan Schultz.

Addison, who reeled in 93 catches for 1,479 yards and 17 touchdowns for Pitt last season, was at the center of controversy prior to entering the transfer portal as rumors were circulating that USC and head coach Lincoln Riley were trying to recruit Addison away from Pitt with promises of a massive NIL deal.

Even though USC has made Addison’s short list, he has been connected to several programs, including Alabama. Addison has reportedly worked out with Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young, and as early as Sunday, was planning on taking a visit to Alabama before announcing his next stop.

Despite not being able to reel in Addison, Alabama has welcomed plenty of talent at the receiver position from the transfer portal, including Jermaine Burton from Georgia and Tyler Harrell of Louisville.

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Did Nick Saban take a shot at Texas A&M with “parity” quote?

Paul Finebaum seems to agree with a caller that Saban’s call for more parity in college football was fueled by Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M.

By now, you have heard the quote from head coach Nick Saban regarding the state of college football, and how there needed to be more “parity” in the game.

In the interview with the Paul Finebaum Show during the Regions Tradition Celebrity Pro-am in Birmingham last week, Saban says that college football has ventured away from what made the game great in the past with the addition of NIL and the transfer portal.

Same scholarship (count), same academic support, whatever it is. I don’t think we have that balance right now which can impact the parity of college football and college athletics as a whole. I know we have a lot of good people working on it and I’m sure they will come up with a good solution for us.

While most agree with what Saban said regarding the world of college football, but is there a motive, or even a fellow SEC program that sparked this comment?

In a response to a caller who said that Texas A&M’s use of resources has ruffled feathers of SEC powers since their arrival in 2012, Finebaum says that the idea is not far-fetched. 

Since the day A&M arrived, there’s been a whispering fear about what would happen if they ever got it right because — this is just my opinion, but there’s only one school in the country I think that can compete with A&M from a financial standpoint and that’s Texas. Those two are standalone when it comes to ability and resources, and this is a money game right now that we’re talking about here. I think, when you hear the Saban’s of the world complaining, that’s why he’s saying what he’s saying.

The thought of Texas A&M being on Saban’s mind stems from the Aggies reeling in the nation’s no. 1 signing class for the 2022 cycle, which included four five-star signees. Many critics were skeptical of the signing class, insinuating that NIL sponsorships played a factor in landing top talent. An accusation that head coach Jimbo Fisher tells Josh Pate of 247sports is “insulting.”

That had nothing to do with this class or anything else… this was hard work by our staff. It’s insulting to the kids who come here, that you insinuate that. And that people insinuate that, off of things taken off a message board, Bro Bible, by a guy named ‘Sliced Bread‘ whoever the heck that is, who has no clue about what goes on. But NIL is here to stay in college football, it’s going to be a factor in college football, there is no doubt. … But those reports and the things that people say are very irresponsible…and people need to figure out the truth before they do it.

There’s no doubt that when Alabama and Texas A&M meet on October 8 in Tuscaloosa, that there will be tension between Saban and Fisher.

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Where Alabama ranks in ESPN’s future defensive power rankings

Let’s see where Alabama lands in ESPN’s future defensive power rankings.

We are in the dog days of summer as we await the start of the 2022 college football season. The transfer portal and recruiting buzz have kept everyone busy, but there is nothing like the real thing.

While we patiently wait for the fall to roll around, we are stuck disecting offseason rankings. Recently ESPN (ESPN+ subscription required) released its future defensive power rankings which took a closer look at who they believe will be the best defenses across college football over the next few seasons.

Considering how talented the current roster is and how well [autotag]Nick Saban[/autotag] and his staff continue to recruit, Alabama landed at No. 4 on the list.

[autotag]Pete Golding[/autotag] and the Alabama defense return arguably the best defensive player in the country in EDGE defender [autotag]Will Anderson[/autotag].  Also anchoring the Tide defense are veterans Henry To’oTo’o, Jordan Battle, DJ Dale, and DeMarcco Hellams.

Ranking ahead of the Tide on ESPN’s list were Clemson, Georgia, and Texas A&M.

Do you agree with ESPN’s future rankings? Let us know by commenting at the end of the post!

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Alabama Morning Drive: ‘Bama vs. Texas set to air on FOX

The latest news and notes involving the Alabama Crimson Tide on Tuesday morning.

Good Tuesday morning and welcome back to another edition of Alabama Morning Drive. Monday got the week started off with a bang and we want to carry that momentum into the remainder of the week.

A lot has happened over the last 24 hours and we are going to do our best to fill you in with the latest and greatest involving the Crimson Tide of Alabama.

One of the biggest stories of the day was the release that the much anticipated week two matchup between Alabama and Texas is set to air on FOX.

Unfortunately, with FOX picking up the TV rights, it appears that the [autotag]Nick Saban[/autotag] and [autotag]Steve Sarkisian[/autotag] matchup is destined for a noon eastern kickoff time.

Let’s take a look at a few more stories that Alabama fans should be taking note of this Tuesday morning. I’ll give you a hint, it is a recruiting-focused edition.

Lane Kiffin questions Nick Saban’s understanding of “parity”

The current Ole Miss head coach and former Nick Saban assistant took Saban’s comments in another direction with this tweet.

Last week, [autotag]Nick Saban[/autotag] said on the Paul Finebaum Show that he would like to see the world of College Football get back to an even playing field. 

The current state of the transfer portal, as well as NIL, has given several programs an upper hand in recruiting, and Saban hopes that College Football will one day become more balanced.

“One of the things I’d like to see us be able to work back to is everything in college football has always had parity: same scholarships, same academic support, healthcare, whatever it is. I don’t think we have that balance right now which could affect the parity of college football and athletics as a whole.”

Since Saban took over the program in 2007, Alabama has been one of the more dominant programs in college football, which has led to an advantage in recruiting as well as keeping top-notch facilities. Because of that, Saban’s comments caused a few eyes to roll, including those of Lane Kiffin.

Kiffin, the current head coach of Ole Miss football and former offensive coordinator for Nick Saban at Alabama, had a strong response to Nick Saban’s recent comments about hoping to see more “parity” in college football.

Of course in this context, it is easy to see why most opposing fans, even coaches, seem to have issues with Saban’s comments. However, if Saban’s wish of seeing more scholarships, support for academics, as well as medical treatment, it could be a great sign for the growth of college football.

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First-look at former Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough with the Birmingham Stallions

The former Alabama RB has found his way back on the field for a professional team, and it just so happens to be Birmingham!

Former Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough played with the Crimson Tide from 2015-2017 and had a short-lived NFL career where he rarely saw the field as a back in a key role.

While at Alabama, he ran for 1,512 yards, 20 touchdowns on 267 carries.

In 2019, Scarbrough spent time with the Detroit Lions, where he ran for 377 yards and a touchdown on 89 carries in six games.

Less than a week ago, it was announced that Scarbrough would be signing with the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL. Today, he made his debut.

Roll Tide Wire will continue follow Scarbrough and other former Alabama players across the NFL and USFL.

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