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Penn State tickets will cost you big $$$

Beaver Stadium via gopsusports.com

Kickoff is still about two months away and ticket prices for Alabama’s Sept. 10 visit to Penn State are, well, pricey. Having one of the biggest stadiums in the country with 106,000 seats didn’t knock down demand for this one.

The cheapest ticket on StubHub.com costs $235 for the third deck in the end zone. The high end lists two seats in the fourth row for $12,000 a piece. The $11.95 shipping fee should be negotiable.

At least 18 packages cost $1,o00 or higher per seat.

For perspective, the Nittany Lions’ season opener a week earlier with Indiana State  lists tickets starting at $37.

A look at Tide home games shows a few bargains for non-conference opponents Kent State and North Texas. Seats are going for under $75 for both if you’re willing to sit in the stratosphere.

The LSU game on Nov. 5 is the hottest ticket. The cheapest seat is $250 already on StubHub with a high of $1,090.

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Who’ll represent Bama at SEC Media Days? List is out

This is more newsworthy to those of us who’ll spend our three days in Hoover, but the list of players appearing at SEC Media Days was released online.

For Alabama, the representatives include Dont’a Hightower, Trent Richardson, and the surprise entry Mark Barron. The senior safety appears to enjoy speaking to writers a little less than most.

Unofficial betting favorites Barrett Jones and William Vlachos liked to spar over who’d be there for the Tide. In the end, neither got the call.

SEC Media Days are July 20-22 in Hoover. Alabama’s day at the circus will be the finale. Click here for the complete list on the SEC website.

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Saban used as measuring stick in election

Although I typically avoid any political talk in this blog space, this one was hard to resist.

Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely, a democrat, summed up the strong Republican showing in Tuesday’s general election with a name everyone in this state would recognize.

“Alabama Coach Nick Saban running on the Democratic ticket could not have beaten a one-legged child molester running as a Republican.”

Read the rest of the story in The Decatur Daily by clicking here.

This blog is non-partisan in every possible way. I promise.

In other news, Alabama commitment LaMichael Fanning’s issues with his high school team continue, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Read about it here.

VIDEO: Another indoor practice Wednesday

It’s pouring tigers and elephants in Tuscaloosa this afternoon so Alabama is practicing inside for the second straight day.

Take a look at what they’re doing in yet another installment in the 200-part series of Daily Bama Blog practice videos.

Live tiger vs. Julio: Who is faster?

Mike the Tiger (top obviously) and Julio Jones

You’ll be able to read more about Mike the Tiger’s impact on Alabama players in Saturday’s Gameday preview section, but not everything made the story that you’ll read in a few days.

That includes Julio Jones’ answer when asked who would win in a foot race with a living, breathing tiger from the wild.

“I don’t know,” he said smiling. “Does he get a head start?”

You tell us, Julio.

“If my leg is broke,” he said.

For his sake, let’s hope Mike IV is not an avid reader of The Daily Bama Blog.

Miss. State’s Bell remembered around SEC

The sudden and tragic passing of Mississippi State’s Nick Bell is the kind of story nobody wants to write. Coming out of Bessemer, Bell was a star on the rise and even started a few games in Starkville this season before an aggressive form of cancer claimed his life yesterday.

(Read more from The Birmingham News here and the Jackson Clarion-Ledger here).

This morning’s SEC coaches teleconference included several questions about the tragedy. Nick Saban said he remembered recruiting Bell.

“You always feel horrible when a young, bright person that has such a future a head of him in so many ways in terms of the things they can do in their life, sorta all gets cut short,” Saban said.

Crimson Tide defensive end Marcell Dareus was friends with Bell from back home and he released the following statement through UA media relations Tuesday:

Nick was a great friend and a great person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time. I love his family and if there is anything I can do to help them out, I plan to be there for them.

He was a great all-around guy and was someone I knew would be a good friend right off the bat. When we were both in Birmingham or when he was in Tuscaloosa, we would always hang out. He is a guy that everyone liked and you always felt comfortable around.

Nick was just a great, down-home person that made everyone around him happy. He will be missed and I will always remember him as a great friend.


VIDEO: Tide practices indoors Tuesday

See for yourself.

Barron a semifinalist for national award

The semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award came out today and Mark Barron was one of 10 still in the running for the honor going to the nation’s best defensive back.

LSU’s Patrick Peterson — likely a front runner was also on the list.

Check out the complete “Award Watch” database by clicking here.

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A sneak preview of Wednesday’s story

A former politician himself (sort of) it’s only appropriate to write about Julio Jones and his marquee matchup with LSU’s star cornerback Patrick Peterson on election day.

The two have shared many a battle and this Saturday’s game in Baton Rouge should be no different. It goes without saying that both parties have no shortage of motivation heading into the latest showdown.

Here are a few videos to remind you of the rivalry they share.

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VIDEO: Tide returns to practice field

They had a nice quiet weekend to themselves, but the silence ended Monday when the Crimson Tide went back to the practice field. Kerry Murphy didn’t seem to be doing much, as Nick Saban said would be the case, as he worked through knee issues.

On offense, Alfred McCullough appeared to be working with the first team again while D.J. Fluker should be working back into shape and possibly the game Saturday at LSU.  See for yourself and check out other practice videos by clicking right here.

McElroy a finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

Welcome to November — an especially important month in the life of Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy. He advanced to the final step in the process to become a Rhodes Scholar.

It’s down to the final interview for the fifth-year senior. He’ll go to Birmingham on Nov. 20 for the moment of truth.

Read the print edition tomorrow for more on this.

In another note, the Mississippi State game Nov. 13 is set for a 6:15 p.m. kickoff on either ESPN or ESPN2. That means all of Alabama’s home games except the Iron Bowl will be night contests this season.

And the new BCS standings say …

Alabama is up to No. 6 after Roadblock Saturday just another Saturday of college football upsets. Utah leapfrogged the Crimson Tide with the Utes going from No. 8 to sixth.

The Tide can thank Michigan State and Missouri for the bump while sitting on the couch celebrating a bye week (and Nick Saban’s Halloween birthday).

Auburn slipped to No. 2 after beating Ole Miss while top-ranked Oregon moved up to No. 1 after beating USC. Get ready for plenty of “control your own destiny” talk from the ESPNers.

See all of the top 25 polls/standings by clicking here.

Bama back up to No. 5

In the first round of polls released Sunday, Alabama idled its way up to a No. 5 ranking after previously undefeated Missouri and Michigan State took healthy beatings this weekend.

The only ranking that matters is still to come this evening when the BCS standings are released.

To see the full polls, just click here.

Time to grade the Tide

Now that the season is down to a four-game sprint to the end, it seems like a decent time to evaluate the first eight Saturdays of the fall.

So using your best, non-biased evaluating skills, give it a shot. Then check back later to see my grade.

Rehashing, evaluating 10 keys to season

Before the season, I put together a genius list of the 10 keys to Alabama’s football season. Now that we’re at the bye week eight games into the season, let’s see where they stand.

1. Forget the past. It’s hard to evaluate this one since it is more abstract and less tangible.
2. Waste no time. The Tide did a good job of starting fast by navigating the first portion of the schedule without a loss until going to South Carolina.
3. Keep Julio healthy. Alabama was half successful on this one, but it didn’t seem to matter much when Jones broke his hand and then hauled in a school-record 221 receiving yards two weeks later.
4. Stay out of trouble. No issues there. Nobody’s been arrested or suspended so far.
5. A wildcard must emerge. There hasn’t been one as prominent as Mark Ingram was last year, but safeties Robert Lester and Will Lowery came out of obscurity to make an impact in the secondary. C.J. Mosley has also played a big part in the defense as a freshman linebacker.
6. Kick it long, straight. They’ve kicked it longer and straighter than I may have expected in August. The young kickers/punter have done a fairly good job of not playing the Tide out of any wins while maturing along the way.
7. Beware of the traps. Not so good on this one. In the preseason preview, I warned of the danger lurking in Columbia. Turns out, I was right.
8. Embrace the media. Hmm….
9. Fast-tracked maturation. Another hard one to evaluate, but it hasn’t been a disaster.
10. Be innovative.The offense hasn’t always stepped out of the box, but it did an excellent job using the “Wildcat” to set up the pass from Marquis Maze to Michael Williams in the Florida win.

Stay tuned to see how the Tide will navigate the final four games of the regular season and how it relates to this master list.