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2018 Schedule
13-1, 1st in SEC - West
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2dAdam Rittenberg

Winners and losers from NFL draft early entries

With potential first-round defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell returning to school, Clemson is the clear winner of the early entry period. How did other contenders fare?

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2dChris Low

Alabama LB who went after staffer will transfer

Alabama linebacker Mekhi Brown, who was involved in a sideline incident with an assistant coach during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, will transfer to Tennessee State.

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Bills hire former Bama OC (1:45)

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Elevating co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Mike Locksley to the primary OC makes a lot of sense with Brian Daboll heading back to the NFL, but it would buck a trend under Nick Saban at Alabama of not promoting from within. Jim McElwain, Doug Nussmeier, Lane Kiffin and Daboll were all outside hires. The lone exception was Steve Sarkisian, who lasted all of one game after being promoted from analyst to OC when Kiffin left.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills on Sunday hired Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator. Daboll spent this past season as Alabama's offensive coordinator. Daboll returns home to Buffalo, where he attended St. Francis High School and still owns a home. This will be the fourth time Daboll has been an offensive coordinator in the NFL.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Daboll is heading back to the NFL with the Buffalo Bills after just one season as offensive coordinator at Alabama. That means Nick Saban will be looking for his fourth OC in less than 14 months (Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian).

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CFB Live Looks Ahead To Next Season

It's never too early to look ahead to next season, as Chris Cotter, Desmond Howard, and Andre Ware look ahead to some key 2018 openers, who is the early Heisman frontrunner, and after 4 seasons is the playoff what you've hoped for?

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Harris: Winning championship is 'dream come true' (4:47)

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

One of the common denominators of recent national champions is that not many of them have played true road nonconference games. Of the last 10 national champs, only Clemson in 2016 (at Auburn), FSU in 2013 (at Florida), Alabama in 2011 (at Penn State) and Florida in 2008 (at FSU) played regular-season games on the road in an opponent's home stadium. Going back to the 2000 season, Miami in 2001 is the only national champ to play two true road nonconference games (at Penn State and at FSU).

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources told me that Michigan assistant Chris Partridge was offered a linebacker coaching position at Alabama, but Partridge decided against taking the job and is turning down the offer. A source said more offers might be on the table for Partridge, but the Alabama job is being turned down.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

It's official: Nick Saban confirms that wideout Calvin Ridley, defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne, running back Bo Scarbrough, defensive backs Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison will all turn pro.

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Kiper ranks Alabama's Ridley top WR (0:44)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: The Oakland Raiders are hiring Alabama defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley to work with the secondary. Football Scoop first reported the move. Ansley had accepted the defensive coordinator job at Colorado State but instead will go to the NFL. Alabama could try to bring back West Virginia cornerbacks coach Doug Belk.

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Why would Saban leave college for the NFL? (1:43)

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said tonight that he could envision Alabama's Nick Saban coaching into his 70s. Bowden retired at age 80 in 2009. Saban is 66. "Physically, he looks capable of going much longer if he wishes to," Bowden said at the Outland Trophy banquet, where he was presented an award. "I would imagine he will, as long as he's successful. He keeps recruiting so doggone good." Bowden, 88, is an Alabama native and keeps tabs on the Crimson Tide, visiting Tuscaloosa in the spring for Saban's charity golf tournament. The keys to longevity for Saban, according to Bowden, are his ability to recruit and his continued good health. "He still has enthusiasm. And he's super organized."

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska coach Scott Frost, who's in Houston on Wednesday as a finalist for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award based on his run at UCF, was asked about Alabama coach Nick Saban's decision to bench Jalen Hurts for Tua Tagovailoa in the national title game. "It was a decision I don't know I would have been courageous enough to make. That's the answer you want to hear. The other answer is that he was pretty obviously better and they had 12 games to figure that out and didn't. Coach Saban is above criticism with everything he's accomplished, so I don't mean it that way, but I recruited Tua out of high school and knew what he could do and it doesn't surprise me that he did what he did. Jalen's a great player, too. That was a very bold and courageous move and I'm surprised it didn't happen earlier [in the season]." Frost's recruitment of Tagovailoa dates back to his time as an Oregon assistant.

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What should Hurts do next? (1:48)
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Pruitt talks transition from Bama to Tennessee (3:22)
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7dDarren Rovell

Billboard asks Alabama if it wants to play UCF

A billboard in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, congratulates the Crimson Tide on their national title and asks whether they'd like to play the UCF Knights, who went undefeated this season.

Team Stats

Passing Yards193.491st
Rushing Yards250.613th
Points For37.1
Points Against11.51st

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