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Information Overload: Texas A&M

Tie at the Top: With Alabama’s 21-17 win over LSU and Boise State’s 21-19 loss to San Diego State last week, the two schools are now tied for the most wins since the beginning of the 2008 season, with 57. Boise State will try to keep with the Tide when it plays Hawaii this Saturday.

10 the Magic Number?: Alabama has held its opponents to 10 or fewer points 38 times in the Nick Saban era, 50 percent of the time. Texas A&M has not been held to less than 10 points since the blackshirts of Nebraska did it in November of 2010, before head coach Kevin Sumlin brought his explosive offense to College Station.

AJ for Heisman: The numbers suggest that Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron needs to check the mail every day, as an invitation to New York City may be en route. McCarron now has 38 career touchdown passes, 4th in Alabama history and only one behind Greg McElroy’s 39. Brodie Croyle is in second with 41 and John Parker Wilson is in the lead with 47.

McCarron is also one touchdown away from tying McElroy’s single-season school record for touchdown passes in a season, with 20. He is also expanding on his school record of attempts without an interception, now at 289. He is only 36 attempts behind the SEC record, held by Andre Woodson of Kentucky.

Back to the history books: Alabama and Texas A&M have met four times throughout their history, with the Tide holding a 3-1 advantage in those meetings. The Aggies took the 1968 Cotton Bowl while Alabama took the 1942 Cotton Bowl and both games of a home-and-home played in Birmingham in 1985 and College Station in 1988.

Respect Thy Opponent: Before the game, the University of Alabama will honor some players that played for legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant while he was at Texas A&M. Some of those players have Alabama ties of their own, including Darwin Holt, who played at both schools, and Gene Stallings, who coached the Tide to its 1992 national championship.

The Longhorn State in Bryant-Denny: In Bryant-Denny Stadium, Alabama is 9-2 against teams that hail from the state of Texas. Alabama’s 0-2 slate in Tuscaloosa against TCU muddies its 4-0 record against North Texas and 5-0 record against Houston. Texas A&M’s last visit to the state to play Alabama was played at Legion Field in Birmingham, not in Tuscaloosa.

Strength v. Strength:  Alabama has a nasty habit of not allowing many players to have offensive success against it, while Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel has done nothing but. Alabama’s defense has not given up 300 total yards of offense to one player since Ryan Mallett accounted for 350 against Alabama in 2010 (Mallett also threw three interceptions, two in the fourth quarter, to lose the game). It was Nov. 3, 2001 the last time Alabama gave up 400 total yards of offense to an individual, when the Tide gave Rohan Davey of LSU 540 yards.

Manziel, however, is averaging roughly 383 yards of total offense per game and is reeling after accounting for 440 yards of total offense on the road against Mississippi State last week.

Also, the Aggies have scored over 50 points four times this season, twice finding themselves with over 60 points. Alabama has not given up 50 points since the Tennessee Volunteers put 51 on Alabama in 2003. The media guide says Alabama has not given up 60 points, but notes Vanderbilt scored 78 points on Alabama in 1908.

From Enemy Territory: Alabama has had success recruiting from the state of Texas and taking players out of one of the nation’s most deep talent pools. Chad Lindsey, reserve offensive lineman; Alec Morris, reserve quarterback; Damion Square, starting defensive lineman; DeAndrew White, injured starting wide receiver; and Cade Foster, starting kicker, all hail from the state of Texas.

Off on the right foot: Texas A&M has scored first in all nine of its games so far this season.

All on the toss: The Aggies are 6-2 after losing the coin toss, while 1-0 when winning the toss. This is your Useless Stat of the Day. Enjoy.

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Information Overload: Missouri

Each week, I comb through the media guides issued by both teams and bring you the biggest nuggets of information. Here are the tidbits I’ve collected this week as the Tide gets ready to travel to Columbia to face the Missouri Tigers.

Cracker Box: Alabama’s visit to Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium will be the smallest venue it has played in all season with a capacity of 71,004. Bryant-Denny Stadium holds 101,821 people, while Cowboys Stadium has a capacity of 130,000 with standing room included, and Reynolds Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas, can hold 80,000.

Historically Speaking: Missouri is one of few programs to lead the series against the Tide. Missouri beat Alabama 35-10 in the 1968 Gator Bowl. The Tigers made it two-in-a-row with a 20-7 win in Legion Field in 1975 before Alabama got its first win over the Tigers, 38-20, in Columbia in 1976. This will also be Nick Saban’s first time coaching against Missouri as a head coach.

Just Say No to Turnovers: Alabama is one of three teams that has yet to throw an interception this season, joining Air Force and Louisiana Tech. Both Air Force and Louisiana Tech threw interceptions in their respective 2011 finales. This is couple with AJ McCarron setting the record for passes thrown without an interception at 206, a streak that remains active. The previous record holder was Brodie Croyle with 190.

Clean Slate: The Tide is tied-for-fourth in the nation for fewest penalties, averaging four per game, and is seventh in the nation in penalty yards with 33.6. Alabama has done well with penalties under Saban and traditionally. The last time the Tide committed 15 or more penalties in a game was in November of 2000, when Alabama committed 15 in Starkville against Mississippi State.

Defining Perfection: Jeremy Shelley is one of five kickers in the country that has not missed a kick. Shelley is 24-24 on extra points and 7-7 on field goals for 45 points. Matt Nelson of Louisiana Tech, Jeff Budzien of Northwestern, Nate Freese of Boston College and Nick Sloan of Navy join Shelley.

Under the Bright Lights: Alabama has had 45 of its last 60 games broadcast on national television. The Tide’s TV appearances have been spread out amongst CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ABC and FOX.

Chasing Down the QB: Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is looking to earn some recognition with a strong performance against the Tide. However, Alabama has never allowed one player to sack the quarterback more than three times. The last player to get thre was Quanterus Smith of Western Kentucky when the Hilltoppers visited Tuscaloosa earlier this year.

40-time: If Alabama has success against Missouri’s high-paced offense, the Tide’s offense could see a lot of field time. Alabama last had 40 minutes of possession when it had 41:13 against Clemson in 2008.

Replacements: The losses of Dee Hart and DeAndrew White have made some changes to the depth chart. Eddie Lacy is the No. 1 back while T.J. Yeldon is the sole No. 2 and Kenyan Drake is No. 3. Replacing Hart on special teams will be Christion Jones as the punt and kick returner. Cyrus Jones is now the backup punt returner. Backup kick returners are Dee Milliner, Cyrus Jones and Kevin Norwood.

Sizing Up the Tigers: Missouri’s offensive line averages 6-foot-4 and a quarter inches and 302 pounds, compared to Alabama’s average 6-foot-3 and three quarters inches and 296 pound frame on its defensive line. Alabama’s offensive line averages 6-foot-4 and half inches and 314 pounds compared to Missouri’s average defensive lineman at 6-foot-4 and a half inches and 281 pounds.

Upset Special(ists): The last time Missouri hosted the No. 1 ranked team was in 2010 when the Oklahoma Sooners were upset by QB Blaine Gabbert and the Tigers by a final score of 36-27. The Sooners were No. 3 in the AP poll but were No. 1 in the BCS rankings at that point in the season.

Fear Faurot: Since 2006, Missouri has lost only eight times at home to compile a 33-8 home record, 16-8 in conference games. All eight loses were to ranked teams.

The Tigers Taketh Away: Missouri’s defense is on an active 24-game streak in which it has recorded a takeaway. It was October of 2010 the last time Missouri played a game without recording a takeaway (a 31-17 loss at Nebraska).

Punt It Away: Despite missing the entire 2011 season with a shoulder injury, Marcus Murphy is leading the nation in punt return touchdowns with three. He leads the SEC and is fourth in the country in yards per punt return with 20.07. Murphy left last week’s game against Vanderbilt in the first quarter with a dislocated finger and did not return. His status for the Alabama game remains unclear.

Winning and Losing with Field Position: Field position has been a big influence for the Tigers so far this season. In the second half against Georgia, Georgia’s average field position to start drives was the Georgia 48, compared to Missouri’s average start of its own 26. Georgia outscored Missouri 31-10 in the second half. However, Missouri outscored Arizona State 17-7 in the first half thanks to a average starting field position that was 21 yards better than Arizona State’s (Missouri at its own 45, ASU at its own 24).

Let’s Play 5: Missouri leads the nation in overtime games and wins since the rule was put in place in 1995. The Tigers are 10-4 in overtime, followed closely by LSU, who is 8-5 in their 13 OT games in the same time span. North Carolina State is tied with LSU for the same mark. Second in wins is Tennessee, going 10-2 in the 12 OT appearances for the Vols. Alabama has appeared in 12 overtime games and is 4-8.

Football Practice Notebook: Oct. 4, 2012

Find out who has stepped up as a leader for the resurging kicking squad and who is motivating DeAndrew White and Dee Hart as they rehab their knee injuries in my practice notebook today.

White and Hart both out for the season

Alabama has now lost two more players for the rest of the season to knee injuries.

After losing Jalston Fowler in the Western Kentucky game, DeAndrew White and Dee Hart also had season-ending knee injuries in the most recent win over Ole Miss.

At wide receiver, Alabama now has Amari Cooper, Kevin Norwood, Kenny Bell and Christion Jones. Cyrus Jones is the leading candidate to be the first one on the field to substitute, and Danny Woodson Jr. and Marvin Shinn could also see playing time.

Alabama is now down to three running backs: Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake.

Football Player Interviews: Sept. 5, 2012

BREAKING: Bama WR in the hospital

Alabama WR DeAndrew White has been hospitalized following an altercation on the Strip early Thursday morning, according to a Tuscaloosa News report. The report also states that the injury is not expected to be anything serious.

The altercation reportedly took place at the intersection of University Boulevard and Red Drew Avenue, which houses Tuscaloosa cornerstones such as The Houndstooth, Crimson Café and Egan’s Bar. The location is less than a block from Publix on University Boulevard and about three or four blocks away from Bryant-Denny Stadium.

White is reportedly in the hospital with a minor concussion. It is unclear whether or not White was directly involved in the altercation or not. The student body received an email about the altercation at 2:46 a.m. Thursday morning that stated:

“Shots fired on the Strip. Officers on scene. One suspect in custody. Take necessary precautions.”

The student body received another email at 3:48 a.m. stating this:

“Situation cleared. Both suspects in custody. No gunshot injuries. Follow up investigations continue.”

More on this situation as it becomes available.

UPDATE: A report from the Crimson White also states that eyewitnesses saw several football players and staff members at the hosptial, including linebacker Nico Johnson and strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran.

Football spring stats: Scrimmage No. 2

Alabama held its second of three spring scrimmages in Bryant-Denny Stadium this afternoon, with the final scrimmage being A-Day. Here are the stats that stick out.

Passing: AJ McCarron – 14 for 29, 160 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT. His touchdown passes were of 16, 11, 2 and 2 yards. Phillip Sims did not throw due to continued issues with his throwing shoulder, but did participate in some running plays. Phillip Ely threw one 2-yard TD pass.

Rushing: RB Jalston Fowler – 22 carries, 151 yards and 3 TDs. His touchdowns were of 3, 1 and 68 yards. No other runningbacks scored. I feel confident Dee Hart and T.J. Yeldon got some carries.

Receiving: DeAndrew White had a big return to the field today, catching 5 passes for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. Christion Jones had a good day as well, catching 5 passes for 61 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kevin Norwood had four receptions for 54 yards and Chris Black had 2 receptions for 36 yards.

Defense: C.J. Mosley led the Tide today with 8 tackles. Damien Square had 5 tackles, 3 for a loss, and 2 sacks. Dee Milliner had 5 tackles and forced a fumble. Trey DePriest recovered that fumble to go along with 5 tackles. Both Vinnie Sunseri and Jesse Williams had 4 tackles, 2 of them for loss. Sunseri added a sack. HaSean “HaHa” Clinton-Dix had 4 tackles and 1 interception.

Punting: Cody Mandell punted 12 times with a 42.0 average, his long for the day sitting at 56.

Kicking: Cade Foster went 3 for 6. His makes were from 50, 20 and 20. His misses were from 46, 35 and 32.