In the news:
Alabama again faces Texas A&M’s speedup offense
Alabama coach Nick Saban knows it’s become irrelevant whether frenetic, no-huddle offenses are what he wants college football to be.
The Associated Press
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban knows it’s become irrelevant whether frenetic, no-huddle offenses are what he wants college football to be.
In the case of No. 6 Texas A&M, they’re also awfully hard to slow down.
That is the challenge Saturday for the top-ranked Crimson Tide at the Aggies’ Kyle Field. Preparing for this kind of uptempo offense was a focal point for the Tide during the offseason.
Alabama (1-0, 0-0 SEC) was helpless against it in the first quarter of last season’s loss to Texas A&M (2-0, 0-0) before catching on and nearly rallying from a 20-0 deficit.
“There’s obviously some things you can’t do, and you have to realize that you can’t do these things,” Saban said. “I think we’ve all adapted to it more and more because we play against these teams more.”
Through two games against weaker competition, the Aggies have amassed 117 points and 1,200 yards.
Alabama allowed just 153 points in 14 games last season.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Butch Jones said defensive lineman Maurice Couch has been ruled ineligible for Saturday’s game at No. 2 Oregon while the university investigates allegations he was one of five Southeastern Conference players to receive improper benefits. The other players named are out of college: QB Tyler Bray (Tenn.), tackle D.J. Fluker (Alabama), DT Fletcher Cox (Miss. St.) and WR Chad Bumphis (Miss. St.).
• Freshman backup quarterback Davis Webb threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Marquez with 3:48 remaining to lead Texas Tech (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) to a 20-10 victory over No. 24 Texas Christian (1-2, 0-1).
• Former Oklahoma State players said the program was plagued by widespread drug use, that often there were dealers on the team and that the school helped keep stars eligible despite positive tests, according to Sports Illustrated’s latest installment on the Cowboys.
• Frank Tripucka, who as the quarterback led Notre Dame to a 9-0-1 record and a No. 2 ranking in 1948, has died at 85. His son, Kelly Tripucka, a former Notre Dame basketball star, said his father died of congestive heart failure at his home in Woodland Park, N.J.